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Real Name: Joseph Danvers

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Foreman of a building crew

Group Membership: Plumm International

AffiliationsAndy and the rest of his crewmen

Enemies: Maxwell Plumm (Steeplejack)

Known RelativesMarie Danvers (wife), Carol Danvers (daughter), Steven J. Danvers (son), Joe Danvers Jr. (son)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Boston, Massachussets, USA

First Appearance: Ms. Marvel I#13 (January, 1978);
    {prima apparizione in Italia: i Fantastici Quattro#228 Editoriale Corno (14 gennaio 1980)}

Powers/Abilities: None.

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History: (Ms. Marvel I#13 (fb)) - Joseph Danvers was a self-made man. Starting from nothing, with his work and his arms built a prosperous business in the building trade field, until the crisis in the '76 left him with few more than nothing. In the meanwhile Joseph had married Mary, and had had three sons. The family went to live in Boston.

 (Ms. Marvel I#19 (fb)/Iron Man III#21) - Joe Danvers couldn't accept that his daughter wanted to live a life different than the one he had thought for her. He didn't want to help her to go to the college. He only could sustain Steve, the bigger brother and saw Carol only as a good housewife.

(Ms. Marvel II#32 (fb) ) - Joe attended the funeral of his son Steve, who died serving his country (possibly as a member of the US Air Force). Joe began to drink.

(Ms. Marvel I#13 (fb) - BTS) - Joe didn't like it when Carol enlisted in the US Air Force, nor when she became a reporter. Their relationship was always tense. Even so, he read his daughter's magazine, Woman, not admitting it, of course.

(Ms. Marvel I#13 (fb) - BTS/Ms. Marvel I#14 (fb) - BTS) - Joe worked as foreman of the building crew of the Monarch Plaza, part of the Plumm International. A lot of accidents happened during the building of the skyscraper.

(Ms. Marvel I#13) - Joe had to risk his life to save Andy, one of his men, when a girder sagged. He discovered that the materials used for the skyscraper were of poor quality.

(Ms. Marvel I#14) - That night, during a storm, Danvers went on the skyscraper to confirm his suspicions. The wind made some rafters fall and Ms. Marvel saved Joe Danvers from an early death. Without resting, Danvers ran off the building to call Maxwell Plumm, accusing him of using poor-quality materials and of building a sure disaster. Plumm menaced Danvers who wasn't impressed at all.
    Under pressure, indebted with Dominic Varone, Plumm wore the suit of Steeplejack and kidnapped Joe Danvers. On the Monarch Plaza's 40th floor, Danvers was at his mercy and was again saved by Ms. Marvel. The heroine had to knock the rude man out, before defeating Steeplejack. The building collapsed during the fight but Danvers and Plumm were saved by Ms. Marvel.
    Unable to accept to be saved by a woman, Danvers had to thank Ms. Marvel.

(Avengers Annual#10 - BTS) - Carol disappeared for three months. She was found in San Francisco, almost drowned and without memory. Joe Danvers was deranged. The family flied to San Franscisco to stay close to Carol. With the help of Charles Xavier, Carol reacquired her memories.


(Uncanny X-Men#171) - Carol Danvers visited Joseph and Marie at their home in Beverly, Massachusetts.
    As Carol left, her parents urged her to stay in touch, and to be careful. After leaving the house, Carol thought about how her mother had always known her so well, recognizing her
as Ms. Marvel, and realizing that Carol's damaged memories meant that she now had little emotional attachment to her parents.

(Ms. Marvel II#31 (fb) - BTS) - Joe got lung cancer, but his sickness wasn't diagnosed before it was too late for a therapy.

(Ms. Marvel II#31) - Carol was contacted by her brother Joe Jr. and she visited her family. Joe was at home, but he couldn't leave his bed anymore. Connected to machines and medicated Carol saw him lying in his bed, but she still didn't feel anything. She talked to him about their past and then left.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Jim Mooney and Joe Sinnot.

Mary Danvers recognized Ms. Marvel as Carol. It is very probable that Joe Danvers did it, too, even not accepting what her daughter had become.

Building trade crisis in 1976 could become topical at some point (maybe it already is).
--Markus Raymond

Thanks to Omegatherion5000 for the summary of Uncanny X-Men#171 and Markus Raymond for the Ms. Marvel II#31 update.

Profile by Spidermay.

Joseph Danvers has no known connections to 

Andy has no known connections to


    Andy was one of the workmen working at the Monarch Plaza.

    One day, while he was working on a vertical girder at the 48th floor, it sagged and Andy remained clung at it. Joe Danvers walked on the girder, suspended on the empty precipice, and pulled Andy through.

--Ms. Marvel I#13




Images: (without ads)
Ms. Marvel I#13, p7, pan6 (Joseph Danvers, main image)
Ms. Marvel I#13, p8, pan5 (Joseph Danvers, head shot)
Ms. Marvel I#13, p8, pan5 (Andy)

Other Appearances:
Ms. Marvel I#13 (January, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils), Joe Sinnot (inks)
, Archie Goodwin (editor)
Ms. Marvel I#14 (February, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Ms. Marvel I#19 (August, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Uncanny X-Men 171 (July 1983) - Chris Claremont  (writer), Walt Simonson (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Iron Man III#21 (October, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Mark Bagley (pencils), Eric Cannon (inks), Steve Oliff (colors), Bobbie Chase & Bob Harras (editors)
Ms. Marvel II#31 (November, 2008) - Brian Reed (writer), Marcos Marz (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)

Last updated: 09/24/08

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