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PostSubject: What do you think about the current aging of characters in DC comics?   Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:22 pm

It's kinda crazy, if you think about it. It's really sometimes even worse than soap operas/telenovelas. Batman has been around for over 70 years, and yet he's only in his early-mid 30's. Yet, Dick Grayson started out as Robin just over 70 years ago, and he's aged about 20 years. Superman's the same, as are several DC characters.

Basically, my question is this; how do you feel about the aging of DC characters? Do you think they should eventually grow old and have others take up their mantle, or should Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent/Kal-El be perpetually in their late 20's-mid 30's and have everyone else age around them?

Personally, I feel like we should let the characters grow up, in basically real-time. If you want to keep a book like Batman Confidential around for each of the characters, so you can always have a cool story with the original Batman/Superman/whoever that's cool (and actually probably a good idea), but I feel like characters should (for the most part) grow old in real time. Now, if you want to have something like Brightest Day every once and a while, where dead characters are brought back younger and healthier, or have some huge event where Bruce Wayne is de-aged for a certain storyarc, fine. But I feel like characters should grow old and die, and pass on their legacy. Otherwise, it's just kinda ridiculous.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you think about the current aging of characters in DC comics?   Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:29 pm

I like having them age at the rate they are, which is about 5-10 years for one year. I just wish we had some solid ages for them. Dick's age changes every five minutes. At this point, Bruce'll have had to be 13 when he took him in.

I'm sad enough to have actually sat and worked out the ages, so as long as they have fans to do it for them, I suppose it keeps nerds like me busy.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you think about the current aging of characters in DC comics?   Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:42 pm

Its a difficult one because you can have a big story arc play over 6-12 issues sometimes, but its only a few days that have actually passed.

In terms of comic books, they've never be real time and that for me is the beauty of it. They stay timeless and you identify with these characters from an early age seeing the adult dominance, then you identify with them as an adult and then, as Bob Kane put it in his 'Batman and Me' book... nostalgic.

Marvel do it wrong - their characters seem to stay ageless which is frustrating, but the beauty of Batman is his re-invention and interpretation. That's why he's lasted for so many years captivating new audiences with every incarnation.

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PostSubject: Re: What do you think about the current aging of characters in DC comics?   Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:19 am

I like the current ageing system, I really don't have a problem with it.

If batman was in his early twentys when he took grayson in(who was 11) Bruce Wayne would still only be in his early thirtys seeing as grayson appears to be in his early twentys.
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PostSubject: Re: What do you think about the current aging of characters in DC comics?   Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:22 pm

I don't have problem with it at all. I think characters should age until they have found their niche. Bruce Wayne and Kal El should stay their current age forever, because it is where they are most successful at. To age them and try and replace them could be disastrous to their characters and the DC Comics line in general.

For characters like Dick Grayson & Wally West, etc. who "grew up" while their mentors seemed ageless, I don't have a problem with that either.....they've found their niche and their fan base, so keep them their current age forever as well. In fact, certain other characters like Billy Batson, Damian, Aqualad (or whatever he is becoming from Brightest Day), etc. can stay younger forever as well if that is their niche. The same goes for Perry White, Alfred, Luthor etc. who are older.

The great thing about comic books is that their is no laws of aging, continuance, etc. to hold back the characters....so I say let them stay the age that they sell the most comics at, and we can all enjoy them generation after generation. Today's comic superheros are like the mythical gods from times past, if their gods didn't age, why should ours now?
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