March 07, 2007

Captain America to be killed off

If I was younger and more naive, I'd be like "WHAAAAT?? THIS CANNOT HAPPEN!!" However, as I've read Marvel comics for over 30 years now, there's a simple fact one has to accept: No one, and I mean no one, ever stays dead in comicbooks.

Captain America has undertaken his last mission — at least for now.

The venerable superhero is killed in the issue of his namesake comic that hit stands Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. On the new edition’s pages, a sniper shoots down the shield-wielding hero as he leaves a courthouse. (Link.)

Gimmick, gimmick, gimmick. Anyone recall Superman's "death" over at Marvel rival DC Comics over a decade ago? Yeah, that lasted real long. And "gimmick" is what Marvel is all about these days. Just check out their recent myriad "Civil War" titles.

At least one noted individual thinks Cap's "death" is ill-timed:

The character’s death came as a blow to [Captain America] co-creator Joe Simon.

“We really need him now,” said Simon, 93, who worked with artist Jack Kirby to devise Captain America as a foe for Adolf Hitler.

(h/t: Paul Smith Jr.)

UPDATE: Absolute proof that Marvel has lost its marbles (Cap/Civil War related).

Posted by Hube at March 7, 2007 04:13 PM | TrackBack

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Is the sniper related to the whole Civil War thing? I would assume so.

Seems undignified, given all the fights that Cap has undertaken, to let some weasel take him out. If it was that easy, a supervillain would have done it a long time ago.

Posted by: The Unabrewer at March 7, 2007 07:25 PM

I hear they are having a sale on Underoo's at JcPenny. Want me to pick you up a few pair?

Posted by: donviti at March 8, 2007 09:26 AM

It's actually "JC Penny." If you're around there, sure, pick me up a pair. Only if it's not too much trouble after you pick up the latest edition of "Reading is Fundamental" from the toddlers' section.

Are you up to words of two syllables yet, dimwitty?

Posted by: Hube at March 8, 2007 03:58 PM