Friday, October 4, 2013

Should comic books be real time.

Do you think comic books should go with real time stories?  Currently, most of the majority of popular Marvel characters were introduced in the 60's, with a few very popular ones introduced in the late 70's and 80's.  Still for them less than 10 years has passed.  Entire story lines have had to be retconned or forgotten completely to make the characters make sense.
DC is even worse, with many of their characters going back much farther.  The new 52 has made that less a problem, as the characters are starting now, but it costs us much of their history.  That history is dear to many of us, as much as the characters themselves.  Also, are they going to have to do this again in 10 years when the fact the characters don't age again becomes a problem?
Also, would the characters be anywhere as near as iconic had they aged.  Peter Parker was 15 in 1962.  He'd be 66 this year, if he survived the punishment his life dealt him.  You figure he probably could have adventured until mid 20's when mundane life would have curtailed a lot of that, and may be 30's or so when the damage to his body would have sidelined him drastically.  So late 70's early 80's and he becomes at best a supporting character for another hero.
The same argument could be made for Batman, but there we're looking at him retiring in the 40's or early 50's.  But Batman I could see handing off the title to someone else, which he has done a couple of times now.  To make someone else Spider-man is way to contrived (oh, this guy just happens to have the same accident with a spider, unless you take JMS's storyline into account or the "May Day" Parker stories).
As time goes by, the whole thing is just going to get worse.  So do you think comics should just have their characters age in real time?
I can see several ways to do it.  DC could do it now with the new 52.  Just declare from this point, they will age in real time.
Marvel could do the same.  Reboot the entire universe and declare that it will be real time.  Someone online also suggested that they could wake up and realize that they were born in the 50's and 60's but were only in their 20's and someone big is messing with them.  Could be a good storyline along the level of Secret Wars.
Personally I'd like to see Marvel start a new imprint where they write stories now as if it had been real time all along.  What would that world look like?  Stark would have retired and passed on the Iron Man mantle at least two generations ago.  Parker would be retired; would May Parker (his daughter not his Aunt) have replaced him? Would she have retired and passed on the mantle by now?
Thor would still be around. Probably Dr Strange and Iron Fist as well.  Would we find out the combination of the Super-Soldier Serum and deep hibernation has made Steve Rogers nearly immortal?
Who would have replaced all the heroes who are not immortal?