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Sunday, January 26, 2014 

Erik Larsen thinks all comic readers literally wanted characters to age physically

Last week, he said:

Oh please. Where does he get this idea any and all comics readers hoped most lead characters would age into the geriatric nursing home? As someone who spent much of his youth reading newspaper strips like Peanuts and saw a lot of the animated cartoons, I had no issues with Charlie Brown and company not aging beyond the pint-sized protagonists they were. In fact, I had no problem with adults being absent from direct view either (I actually found it very amusing how the cartoons would substitute a sound effect like a horn for the schoolteachers). Likewise, I'm not bothered if quite a few superheroes and co-stars don't age beyond a certain point. It's not like that has to happen just so there'll be character development and drama. Sure, I know there are some mindless complainers out there who make an unhealthy habit of saying something they don't really mean and later wish they hadn't, but still, that does not reflect every comics reader out there searching for escapism.

Yeah, I know, he's trying to say that because there's a few out there not happy with where he's taking his lumpy Savage Dragon creation. But as wretched as that comic happens to be, I don't think everyone into comics was desperate for even his creation to age physically. Some just don't even care, since, as an early Image product, it was decidedly one of the weakest, though Rob Liefeld's laughable banalities are certainly worse.

What's weird about Larsen is he doesn't seem to make distinctions. Comic readers, much like moviegoers and TV couch potatoes, have many different tastes and opinions, and that applies to whatever audience he has too.

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I suppose Larsen doesn't understand the concept of a "floating timeline."

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