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Post By
CyberCoyote

In Reply To
katefan

Subj: Product more than stories
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 08:43:18 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: Continuity
Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 05:56:34 am EST

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> The current status quo is markedly different than it was 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 20...

Different doesn't mean safer or more dangerous, it just means you have different writers and editors doing different things within the same static parameters.

If you go back to the first ten years of the MU you see the most dramatic changes; Reed and Sue have a baby, Spider Man graduates high school and attends college, etc. They've been more or less spinning their wheels ever since and most recently in Amazing Spider Man he's taken a huge step back with the mega-annulment of his marriage and moving back in with Aunt May. How old is Franklin Richards? Eight? Perpetually eight. Static universe.

> Back 30-40 years ago, Marvel was basically unwilling at all to kill significant characters. These days, they are more willing to do so, even if it only lasts several years.

30-40 years ago characters weren't being brought back to life like they are now, if at all. When Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin died it was a big deal. Now it is not a matter of if a character might come back, it is when. Jean Grey was the first big rebirth and writers and editors have been abusing the death reset button ever since.



> 30-40 years ago characters weren't being brought back to life like they are now, if at all. When Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin died it was a big deal. Now it is not a matter of if a character might come back, it is when. Jean Grey was the first big rebirth and writers and editors have been abusing the death reset button ever since.

Is this all because Marvel is too big as a corporation just kicking out comics to really promote it's other endeavors (toys, clothes,movies?) Do they really feel that if Spider-Man retired people would no longer collect Spidey memorabilia? If Cap stayed dead (see I have a problem with that because the living legend shouldn't die a traitor shot dead in cuffs in front of the courts, particularly when our country is at war, but that's another argument all together) would everyone forget Cap?

The Star Wars movies are over but the name recognition lives on. Plenty of trademarked things continue on after whatever originally spurned them is over. But does Marvel (or DC for that matter) think these original legends will no longer sell if they are no longer active in the comics?

Or is it just that it's easier to sell a stagnating old idea than a new one?








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