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katefan

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CyberCoyote

Subj: Re: Product more than stories
Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 05:25:00 pm EST
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Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 08:43:18 am EST


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> 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 But does Marvel (or DC for that matter) think these original legends will no longer sell if they are no longer active in the comics?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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> 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?
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> 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 But does Marvel (or DC for that matter) think these original legends will no longer sell if they are no longer active in the comics?
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> Or is it just that it's easier to sell a stagnating old idea than a new one?

I would say you have it right there. Hollywood is the same way; 2007 saw so many sequels in the theatres and they were not always good (I'm looking at you, Spider Man 3).

But it's worse than just not killing people off, it is a gross fear of change which is why you see no one getting any older and this compression of the Marvel and DC timelines, somehow trying to make us believe forty+ years of action have taken place in only ten, that Peter isn't even thirty yet.


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