March 8, 2007

AND REB BROWN DOESN'T FEEL SO GOOD HIMSELF:

Superhero's death stuns the faithful (Don Aucoin and Joseph P. Kahn, March 8, 2007, Boston Globe)

He first appeared in March 1941, punching out Adolf Hitler on the cover of a brand-new comic book. Ever since then, attired in a red, white , and blue uniform and armed only with a shield, he fought for liberty and justice, not unlike that guy with the cape.

But Captain America is no more.

When fans yesterday opened the comic book that bears his name, they discovered a shocking development: Captain America had been cut down by a sniper . His sudden death prompted a run on comic-book stores by fans hoping to snap up a potential collector's item -- and also triggered considerable consternation among some devotees of the stout-hearted superhero.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2007 7:54 AM
Comments

Consensus is that this was done precisely to shock/anger fans, and that he'll be back at some point.

Comics are no longer sold on the newsstands for economic reasons, and comic companies rely on a shrinking market of comic stores. They increasingly rely on stunt events like this for sales spikes. While it does seem to drive sales, it is hurting the brand in my opinion and especially among long time readers there is a lot of dissatisfaction.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at March 8, 2007 11:09 AM

Wasn't he killed off about 6-7 years ago, and then brought back?

Or was that Iron Man (I seem to remember he had some debilitating disease)?

Of course, almost all the Marvel heroes were 'disappeared' about 10-12 years ago when Charles Xavier 'became' the ultra-evil Onslaught.

Posted by: ratbert at March 8, 2007 11:57 AM

I still mourn Gwen Stacy.

jp

Posted by: jefferson park at March 8, 2007 1:40 PM
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