#1 Edited by GillaDro (245 posts) - - Show Bio

Why do they not make some of these characters and superhero's get any older? Even after 50- 60 yrs. I think it would be awesome to follow some of these characters throughout theyre entire life and see how they would change. Some characters would die, theyre kids would grow into the new superheroes, the older characters would be in charge of things, etc.

#2 Posted by ratman19 (525 posts) - - Show Bio

because i dont want anyone else other than clark kent to be superman and i dont want anyone else other than bruce wayne to be batman

#3 Posted by JediXMan (30321 posts) - - Show Bio

Kingdom Come.

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#4 Posted by CrimsonCake (2677 posts) - - Show Bio

There was an alternate marvel universe where characters aged in real time.

#5 Posted by darth_brendroid (1717 posts) - - Show Bio

Because the characters sell and doing something so radical as aging them and eventually replacing them carries a lot of risk when everyone knows that Superman = Clark Kent and there's the Daily Planet, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

#6 Posted by soduh2 (865 posts) - - Show Bio

Characters do age... just really slowly. Spider-man said he's been spider-man since he was "15 years old" in the civil war.

#7 Posted by Redberry (797 posts) - - Show Bio

Because Marvel and DC are business enterprise, they wouldn't want to erase their characters due to old age or death. Nowaday, it's almost impossible to create iconic characters, so if the old characters die, then no one would buy anymore new books putting out by Marvel and DC.

#8 Posted by Knight_Justice (77 posts) - - Show Bio

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

#9 Posted by Twentyfive (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

Most often because different writers have their own stories to tell of Spider-Man and Superman, and there is only one of each in their respective universes.

#10 Posted by TheBigRedCheese (372 posts) - - Show Bio

Fans just can't let go.

#11 Posted by Kid_Omega_Prime (1244 posts) - - Show Bio

The only comic character i know of is the Vertigo vertion of John Constantine. He ages in real time. so when the comic first come out he was in his late 20's or early 30's he is now in his 50's i beleve.

#12 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Because they're iconic and timeless. They are inspirations to many and for future generations to pass on.

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#13 Posted by Jorgevy (5114 posts) - - Show Bio

Ever heard of Super powers? yeah.........

#14 Posted by YMCMB (160 posts) - - Show Bio

@Knight_Justice Bruce is probably about 32 or 33 in the New 52.

#15 Posted by YMCMB (160 posts) - - Show Bio

And comic book characters hardly age because people are familiar and usually fond of the current character the way they are, and wouldn't want them to significantly age or be replaced in canon. Also, if an author chose to significantly age 1 character, then it wouldn't make a lot of sense if the rest of the characters in their universe didn't age as well, so they'd be kinda forcing other characters to age too which wouldnt be good.

#16 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20151 posts) - - Show Bio

They do age but very very very slowly.

In fact there is an Old Man Logan, which is an old Wolverine.

#17 Posted by jinxuandi (595 posts) - - Show Bio

Because large businesses are spineless and afraid to take a chance on anything new. They'd rather retell the same stories until the end of time.

#18 Posted by War Killer (20129 posts) - - Show Bio
@Deranged Midget said:

Because they're iconic and timeless. They are inspirations to many and for future generations to pass on.

This.
#19 Edited by Jnr6Lil (7704 posts) - - Show Bio

If comic book characters aged, majority of the heroes and villains would be dead, DC Trinity being the first. (Due to powers, Bats would be the only one of the 3 dying)

#20 Edited by joeagentofhand1 (4362 posts) - - Show Bio

Everybody in Savage Dragon(he started in his 30's/40's now 50's)

#21 Posted by BigCimmerian (8071 posts) - - Show Bio

@Knight_Justice said:

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

He is probably 30-35

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#22 Posted by GillaDro (245 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jnr6Lil: I'm not saying every one should age but, they seem to be running out of ideas for the stories that they create, and it's always the same enemies and characters brought back, over and over. People grow older and smarter and learn new things and meet different people in theyre lifetime. It would definitely add to a story line. I just wanna know why every single book never makes theyre characters age. It could even be placed in an alternate universe, seperate from the other books. You would be following them through life, as you age yourself. They're children and such would take over the roles as "whoever" when they get old or die, so the characters themselves would always exist.

#23 Posted by sagejonathan (1933 posts) - - Show Bio

Most of us don't want to lose awesome characters because of age. And also what Deranged Midget said.

#24 Posted by GillaDro (245 posts) - - Show Bio

@sagejonathan: Being afraid of change is what's killing the industry.

#25 Posted by The Poet (8335 posts) - - Show Bio

I wouldn't say never...

Look at some of the former sidekicks of heroes...some are older...

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#26 Posted by GillaDro (245 posts) - - Show Bio

I just think it would give them more to write about anyway, and better opportunities to add new characters and such to stories. Like I said, it could be in an alternate universe, or reality, so you could still keep the timeless versions just the same.

#27 Posted by Jnr6Lil (7704 posts) - - Show Bio

@GillaDro: I'm not saying they shouldn't age, I'm saying why they aren't.

#28 Posted by Knight_Justice (77 posts) - - Show Bio

@BigCimmerian said:

@Knight_Justice said:

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

He is probably 30-35

Thanks! By the way, Batman started he's crusade at his early 20s right?

#29 Posted by NerdsFTW (3732 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't know.

#30 Posted by Imagine_Man15 (1801 posts) - - Show Bio

Characters do age, but they don't do it in real time. Peter Parker has aged quite a bit over the years, but not even close to as much as he would have in real life. That's just one example.

#31 Posted by Romulus9000 (377 posts) - - Show Bio

Some Characters age if they need to (i.e first Teen Titans wave).

These characters have too much history for them to just age and die and be replaced by a constant stream of different names taking up the mantels. The world needs Clark and Bruce just as much as Batman and Superman. Dick Grayson is my favorite character in comics but he is Nightwing not Batman.

Occasionally you get to see younger heroes gradually age or get crisis'd into being older (Bart Allen.)

Although, i read somewhere once that in the MarvelU that every 5 or ten years is like 1 or 2 years in that universe?? Anyone want to look this up and confirm or deny? I'm at work so i can not, well i could but i don't want to.

#32 Posted by BigCimmerian (8071 posts) - - Show Bio

@Knight_Justice said:

@BigCimmerian said:

@Knight_Justice said:

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

He is probably 30-35

Thanks! By the way, Batman started he's crusade at his early 20s right?

He started his crusade when he was 26 :)

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#33 Posted by Knight_Justice (77 posts) - - Show Bio

@BigCimmerian said:

@Knight_Justice said:

@BigCimmerian said:

@Knight_Justice said:

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

He is probably 30-35

Thanks! By the way, Batman started he's crusade at his early 20s right?

He started his crusade when he was 26 :)

Thanks for the info!

#34 Posted by The Stegman (23931 posts) - - Show Bio

Because they are more than just normal men and women, they are ideals, and ideals are eternal.

#35 Posted by Insignia (137 posts) - - Show Bio

Have a look at the Luba collection (Love & Rockets) by Los Bros Hernandez, most or all of the characters age throughout the series.

#36 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (2899 posts) - - Show Bio

@soduh2 said:

Characters do age... just really slowly. Spider-man said he's been spider-man since he was "15 years old" in the civil war.

This.

Same goes for DC.

#37 Posted by feebadger (1445 posts) - - Show Bio

Why don't characters age? One simple answer; death. Batman would be dead by now, does anyone really want that? I think that we have to realise that comic heroes are only ours for a while. Each generation will discover these characters as their own and everyone has a right to discover these characters in their prime. Its pretty selfish of us to want to want the characters to age and die for our own satisfaction. There are plenty of series to satiate that need, like Kingdom Come, The Dark Knight and The End series from Marvel.

Yet, it think that the comic heroes tie into the pulp tradition and those characters are timeless and have the capacity to be reintrodueced and reinvigorated for each new generation. Look at The Shadow, or Flash Gordon or Dracula. Comic heroes walk in their footsteps and will, hopefully live forever.

#38 Posted by feebadger (1445 posts) - - Show Bio

@Knight_Justice said:

@BigCimmerian said:

@Knight_Justice said:

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

He is probably 30-35

Thanks! By the way, Batman started he's crusade at his early 20s right?

According to Grant Morrison (reflecting the official opinion of DC editorial) Batman is apparently in his mid-30's now.

#39 Posted by Knight_Justice (77 posts) - - Show Bio

@feebadger said:

@Knight_Justice said:

@BigCimmerian said:

@Knight_Justice said:

How old is Bruce Wayne/Batman right now? late 20s or early 30s?

He is probably 30-35

Thanks! By the way, Batman started he's crusade at his early 20s right?

According to Grant Morrison (reflecting the official opinion of DC editorial) Batman is apparently in his mid-30's now.

Thanks for the info! :-)

#40 Posted by ValendianKnight (297 posts) - - Show Bio

They do age, but it takes a long time. Look at Nightwing for example. Also, whenever there is a reboot of any kind everyone is made younger again.

#41 Posted by RedQueen (1171 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess it serves its own purpose; We would be in the second or third generation by now, people would have their favourites and would be sad to see them die, some characters are immortal, the universe would be huge, and handling the continuity would be a herculean task.

Although it would be very cool to "grow up", quite literally, with the characters.

#42 Posted by Aero_gt (840 posts) - - Show Bio

Popular characters will not age because fans will be mad and the companies will lose money. Batman will always be bruce, Captain america will always be Steve, Superman will always be Clark, Spiderman will always be peter. And with the ruining out of ideas part, "We can always have a major event-Marvel. Or we can just Reboot- Dc. Not like any other company will ever outshine us."

#43 Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan (2961 posts) - - Show Bio

@ratman19 said:

because i dont want anyone else other than clark kent to be superman and i dont want anyone else other than bruce wayne to be batman

this

#44 Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan (2961 posts) - - Show Bio

@YourNeighborhoodComicGeek said:

They do age but very very very slowly.

In fact there is an Old Man Logan, which is an old Wolverine.

this series was pretty badass

#45 Posted by YourNeighborhoodComicGeek (20151 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheAmazingImmortalMan: Yes it was.

#46 Posted by gavinification (83 posts) - - Show Bio

They do age. Its just they age very slowy and they dont ahe at the same rate as each other. Spiderman was 15 when he got his powers and now hes in his late 20s. Franklin and Valeria Richards were both born after fantastic four started so they obviously aged.

#47 Posted by UsagiTsukino (246 posts) - - Show Bio

in comic book time 5 years is one year in real time. SO i guessing the character will age only once.

#48 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2243 posts) - - Show Bio

Franklin richards...oh wait never mind.

#49 Posted by They Killed Cap! (2243 posts) - - Show Bio

Because for the most part, most writers don't know how to consistently write out of their paradim.