All this hubub about the rebirth of Captain America has gotten me thinking about death in comics. Specifically, the death of iconic characters that have a widespread cultural presence. The list of comic heroes that are well known to the general public is a very small one.
But at the same time, these characters who have so very thoroughly permeated our pop-culture have gained an immortality that even a media stunt like a death or resurrection in comics cannot touch.
Using Batman (Bruce Wayne) as an example, I would wager a small sum of money that there will NEVER be a mainstream movie, television series, video game, or cartoon in which Dick Grayson has assumed the mantle of the Bat. Even if Bruce Wayne is dead in comics (which he's not), he is still Batman. You cannot truly
kill Bruce Wayne.
Between Batman RIP and the Marvel Civil War, it has made me realize how truly impotent comics are now. Sure, when it was announced on the news that Cap was dead, comic stores all over the country sold out of issue #25. But it didn't really matter. If they were to make a Captain America Movie (which they are), Bucky will not be the shield bearer. It will be Steve Rogers.
I'm not really sure where I'm going with this post. But I guess I'm just a bit taken back at how a few select characters have transcended the medium that birthed them, to the point where that medium can no longer truly affect the status of those characters.