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Death is a fact of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. No matter the connection, family, friend, co-worker, the loss of someone from your life has an impact. The same can be said for fictional characters. When we invest our time into reading a book series or watching a long running television show, we become attached to the characters we’re following. And when one, or more, of those characters die, it can also leave us feeling devastated. Of course, because these are fictional characters, their passing doesn’t have the same weight as losing someone you know, but their passing should have SOME impact, right?
Comic books have been known for killing off beloved characters and no other genre is more notorious for this than superhero comics. It doesn’t matter if the death is for dramatic effect, almost all superheroes and villains return from the dead. What is the point, then? Why should we care when a character bites it in our favorite comic book? Is it all a part of some cosmic plan crafted by publishers or Is Death Meaningless In Superhero Comics?
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Links from this Episode:
— My Big Fat Pull List on the Web http://mybigfatpulllist.com
— The Death of Ultimate Peter Parker Spider-Man https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Death_of_Spider-Man
— MBFPL’s Favorite X-Momnets episode https://www.2gtdatacore.com/our-x-men-moments/
— MBFPL’s Overused Tropes episode https://www.2gtdatacore.com/overused-tropes-in-comics/
— Jason Todd Robin https://batman.fandom.com/wiki/Jason_Todd
— Civil War https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Civil_War_(Event)
— Captain Stacy https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/George_Stacy_(Earth-616)
— Gweyn Stacy https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/The_Night_Gwen_Stacy_Died
— Kyle Rayner’s dead girlfriend https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Alexandra_DeWitt_(New_Earth)
— Pa Kent https://comicvine.gamespot.com/jonathan-kent/4005-3617/
— Bucky Barnes https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/James_Buchanan_Barnes_(Earth-616)
— Sue Dibny https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Susan_Dearbon_(New_Earth)
— Identity Crisis https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Identity_Crisis
— Black Adam’s family https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Teth-Adam_(New_Earth)
— Death of Superman https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Death_and_Return_of_Superman
— Superboy killed by Superboy Prime https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Kon-El_(New_Earth)
— Jean DeWolff https://spiderman.fandom.com/wiki/The_Death_of_Jean_DeWolff
— Second Coming https://www.marvel.com/comics/events/279/x-men_second_coming
— Thunderbird https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/John_Proudstar_(Earth-616)
— Rorschach https://watchmen.fandom.com/wiki/Walter_Kovacs
— Doomsday Clock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_Clock_(comics)
— Captain Marvel https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Mar-Vell_(Earth-616)
Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:
— What character’s death upset YOU the most? We Want To Know!
— What dead character would YOU like to see brought back? Tell us now!
— What dead character would YOU never want to see come back to life? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!
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Blessed with an overactive imagination, Nick spent his early years absorbing as much pop culture as possible. From comic books to television, films, sci-fi, fantasy, horror – if it was great storytelling, he assimilated it! His fascination with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel Comics X-Men drove him to become an avid reader of all literature and a devoted comic collector at the age of eleven! Even though Nick enjoyed most comic book related material, his deep passion for all things “mutant” led to his alter ego being formed, the Uncanny Mister X! In recent years, Nick has co-founded his own comic book company, Archlight Comics, a film company, Archlight Studios, and has become a skilled podcaster and podcast editor. Mister X has taken all of Nick’s talents and found an outlet for his mad ramblings… the My Big Fat Pull List podcast!
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Just a common man, working hard with his hands, Jacob Petri has always had an eclectic taste in the world of pop culture. As a child, Jacob read comics, watched Saturday morning cartoons, enjoyed televised sports entertainment, played video games and collected trading cards and action figures. As an adult, he took his love of over the top theatrics and parlayed that into a mediocre Pro-Wrestling career, as he believed Pro-Wrestling was the closest he could get to live action comic books.
As Pistol Danger, he’s used his knowledge and skill both in the ring and on the internet, navigating video games during Let’s Plays and dishing out advice about the wrestling business. Needing to conquer new forms of entertainment, Pistol Danger has turned to podcasting, hoping to educate people on the finer points of geek culture, from comic books to films and everything in between.
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Born with the ambition to one day be a professional football player and then join the military, Sean Murphy was always drawn towards hero based cartoons such as G.I. Joe and the X-Men. Sadly, those dreams were crushed after a terrible accident while playing street football. Sean learned that he was born with missing bones in his feet and his doctors informed him that he wouldn’t be able to play pro football let alone join the military. Missing out on being the hero he wanted to be, Sean turned towards the heroes he knew and loved… comic book superheroes!
As his teenage years turned to adulthood, Sean found a deep love for pop culture. Taking part in role-playing games, cosplaying as his favorite characters at conventions, Sean even worked at a comic book shop for over a decade. His need to absorb geek culture and fun facts earned him the nickname Smurphy. A fun-loving and sometimes socially clueless podcaster, Smurphy is eager to pass on all he knows and then some.
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