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Frank Gianelli was a freelance photojournalist in New York City and a former United States soldier who had served his country in the Vietnam War. Despite his contentious relationship with Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson that had once even led to his punching Jameson, Gianelli continued working for the Bugle and pursued work from Carol Danvers, editor of Woman magazine that Jameson also published. Danvers subsequently hired Gianelli on a recurring basis.
One night, while conducting research in the Woman magazine offices regarding shady businessman Maxwell Plumm, Gianelli heard a noise in Danvers’ office and surprised a burglar who he recognized as Geoffrey Ballard, a high-ranking CIA agent he had met in Vietnam. Ballard escaped, and Gianelli, fearing that Ballard’s connections would allow him to operate with impunity, did not reveal to investigating police captain Jean DeWolff that he had known the burglar. He did inform Danvers of his knowledge, however, and secured her permission to quietly begin looking into the matter on his own. Unfortunately, his efforts proved fruitless, and after a month Danvers ordered him to drop the investigation.
Gianelli enjoyed a friendship with Carol Danvers, once even helping her find a new apartment through his friend Arabella Jones. He desired a physical relationship with Danvers, but found it difficult to arouse her interest in him. Though he did not know that Danvers led a double life as the superheroine Ms. Marvel, he could see that she was under increasing stress, and suggested to Woman associate editor Tracy Burke that they plan a secret Valentine’s Day snowball fight ambush of their boss in Central Park. The ploy worked, and even gave Gianelli the opportunity to kiss Danvers and suggestively imply that they begin a romantic relationship. Danvers rebuffed his advance, but admitted to herself that he was a good kisser.
However, Danvers had several other suitors, and following a party thrown in her honor after she was fired from her job, Gianelli did not see her again, though he did manage to kiss her a second time.
First Appearance: Ms. Marvel (1977) #6
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Captain Marvel (2012)
Captain Marvel (2014)
#1 Ms. Marvel (1977)
- 'Higher, Further, Faster, More. Part One'
- '...And Grotesk Shall Slay Thee!'#8
- 'The Last Sunset...?'#14
- 'Fear Stalks Floor 40'#15
- 'The Shark Is a Very Deadly Beast!'#17
- 'Shadow of the Gun!'#20
- 'The All-New Ms. Marvel'#22
- 'Second Chance!'
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