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Thursday, July 17, 2014 

Wall Street Cheat Sheet lists 6 not-so-shocking deaths of heroes

Wall Street Cheat Sheet listed 6 character deaths they claim are shocking, but since nearly all featured are recent, that's why they're not so shocking at all, except for how the publishers can care so little about the properties they're entrusted with. The oldest example is the Death of Superman from 1992. The most recent is the "death" of Archie taking place this summer. Curious why these leading papers/websites want to list recent examples and not older ones, ditto why they have no objective opinions to offer whether they think these deaths of heroes were done in good taste or not.

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I question whether there is such a thing as a "shocking" death in comics anymore. Maybe to the general public and mainstream media (i.e., people who are not into comics), but people familiar with the medium recognize a cynical marketing ploy and cheap publicity stunt when they see it.

The gushy articles in the MSM are often written by not-into-comics people who are unfamiliar with concepts like alternate universes, imaginary/what-if stories, retcons, and reboots. Comic book fans, like soap opera fans and horror movie fans, also know that, if the body is not found or if the body is mutilated beyond recognition, the character can return. Even if you see the corpse, it could turn out to be a twin or clone.

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