Happy Birthday Margaret “Peggy” Carter!
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No woman in Marvel compares to the one, the only Margaret “Peggy” Carter. Forever the force to be recognized with, we know so little about this Virginian bombshell, but we also know so much about her. As confusing as that is to say, think about it for a second and compare her to other SHIELD against Today, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of our first American heroes, Peggy Carter.
Born Margaret “Peggy” Carter, she was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and has seen and lived so many lives on and off the field. Peggy’s first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #75, but then later had a more prominent part next to Captain America as his love interest in a flashback. However, it wasn’t until Captain America #162, where we got our first full view, and Peggy was her own person. The issue also featured Sharon Carter, who was Peggy’s sister in this issue, but later retconned from sister to aunt. Strange, I know. There’s little known about Peggy before she joined the French Resistance. Our girl was born in Richmond, Virginia and joined the Resistance as a teenager. She rose to the ranks as a skilled fighter and then became an agent because of her detail-oriented mind, honed fighting skills, absolute wit and fierce loyalty.
Peggy is someone who should be greatly admired. She’s gone into the battlefield with bravery and courage. Never backing down even when the odds were against her, and coming through the other side with missions and stories that are astounding. She’s had amnesia and watched her loved ones, including Captain America, die but she’s always soldered on. Peggy’s stories inspired her niece to follow in her footsteps and join SHIELD. Peggy is not only a champion of the battlefield but also a stealer of hearts. (I’m cheesy, let me live.). She’s had a lifelong love with Captain America. It’s a fantastic and charming love story between them fueled by mutual respect, admiration, and honor.
Throughout Peggy’s run in comics, she’s been known as Agent 13 and Mademoiselle. She’s also associated with SHIELD, Avengers Support Crew, OSS, Secret Empire and, of course, the French Resistance. Peggy’s an expert markswoman with proficiency in high powered weapons and has highly advanced combat training.
If you’re thinking of reading anything about Peggy Carter, please read it all. However, if you need some help, let me get you started! To start from the beginning, you’ll want to start with Tales of Suspense #75, Captain America #162, Captain America #175, Captain America #184, Captain America #351, Captain America and The First Thirteen (2011), Original S.I.N (2015) and if you’re into Peggy Carter actually being Captain America (if you’re not, we can’t be friends), then may I introduce you to the best comic you’ll read Exiles!
Peggy’s always been a force to be reckoned with. She’s also been a force in both television and film. The stunningly brilliant Hayley Atwell shook the world with her portrayal as the war hero in Captain America: The First Avenger. She can also be seen in The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Civil War and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Hayley Atwell has also portrayed the character in the gone too soon series Agent Carter, where she plays the title character on some badass adventures during the post-war. Hayley has brought a light and brightness to the role that made Peggy Carter her. You can’t think of Hayley Atwell without thinking of Peggy Carter.
Sadly, Peggy’s tragic death onscreen may not allow us to see her anymore. If she is, it may only be in flashbacks and specific scenes. Even though she has passed in the comics, Exiles has brought her back in a suit we all know and love. Peggy Carter has lived a life above and beyond what the call of duty stands for. She’s been a loyal soldier, fierce friend, and overall badass. Happy Birthday Peggy Carter and R.I.P. You badass.
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