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Captain America Dead at 66

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the not-bad-for-a-66-year-old dept.

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jas_public writes to mention ABC news is reporting that comic book super hero Captain America has apparently tackled his last mission. "It ends a long run for the stars-and-stripes-wearing character, created in 1941 to incarnate patriotic feeling during World War II. Over the years, an estimated 210 million copies of "Captain America" comic books, published by New York-based Marvel Entertainment Inc., have been sold in a total of 75 countries. But resurrections are not unknown in the world of comics, and Marvel Entertainment editor in chief Joe Quesada said a Captain America comeback wasn't impossible."

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Dead at 66? (4, Informative)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267878)

Dead at 66?

According to the Captain America Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org] (far more in depth than the encyclopedia britannica page I might add!), Steve Rogers was born on July 4, 1917 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, to Irish immigrants Sarah and Joseph Rogers.

Anyway, lets hope this original & innovative storyline is as lucrative as the "death of Superman" thing DC ran a while back.

Re:Dead at 66? (2, Informative)

Omeger (939765) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268000)

He's been around (as a character) for 66 years, not him being alive (as a person) for 66 years.

Re:Dead at 66? (0, Redundant)

Whiney Mac Fanboy (963289) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268404)

He's been around (as a character) for 66 years, not him being alive (as a person) for 66 years.

Yes, I gathered that. Dead at X, tends to mean dead at X years old tho.

Re:Dead at 66? (3, Insightful)

The PS3 Will Fail (998952) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268794)

He's actually a fictional character - not a real guy. When a newspaper runs a "happy birthday" column for Mickey Mouse, they tend to calculate his age based on his first appearance - not his first appearance plus how old they think he was in his first appearance.

Re:Dead at 66? (1)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268022)

I was more than a Marvel than a DC man so you'll have to pardon my ignorance, but didn't DC do a big reality-shifting relignment of all their stories at one point?

I agree that this sounds suspiciously like an attempt to temporarily 'kill' a major character to boost sales. I just hope that his ressurection is better thought out than Spock's.

Re:Dead at 66? (4, Funny)

revlayle (964221) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268162)

Crisis on Infinite Earths [wikipedia.org]

followed up by "Zero Hour" and "Infinite Crisis"

Give it a couple more decades and we will also probably get:
* Infinite Zero Hour * Zero Crisis Infinity * Earth Hour Zero * Crisis on Zero Earths

Re:Dead at 66? (2, Funny)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268714)

Not to mention Infinite Hour: Earth, which I experienced recently in the form of a mandatory Lead Paint Safety class...

Re:Dead at 66? (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268202)

DC has done this on more than one occasion. The story you're most likely thinking of is Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Re:Dead at 66? (1)

CyberLord Seven (525173) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268396)

'Fraid not.

I, like you, preferred Marvel over DC. Though I've been out of comics for several decades now, from time to time, I do dip back in. It is clear to me that Marvel today is where DC was.

Marvel's characters are getting old and stale at a time when DC seems to be invigorating their characters with new life. Hell, they even had me reading Green Lantern again despite bringing Hal Jordan back. (Hey, DC ASS-HOLES! Bring back Barry Allen! And you can forget that shit about Iris Allen being from the future! Nightwing? WTF? Guess I'm too old school.)

This whole "Civil War" thing sounds like a weak attempt to drum up extended sales to counter that weekly thing DC was scheduled to do. I think Cap's death is an attempt to revitalize the character with a New and improved Cap; though they've tried that before too; Nomad among others.

If we're lucky, it's real and they've finally decided to retire this character. I doubt it. The only Marvel characters that seemed to ever stay dead were Baron Zemo from "The Avengers" and "The Masked Marauder" from Daredevil.

Yahoo first (-1, Offtopic)

n2art2 (945661) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267886)

I wonder how many people use Yahoo as their search engine. Since they had this article up this morning.

frosty piss (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18267896)

also, in b4 resurrection and "reinvention"

Oh my god! (-1, Offtopic)

dedazo (737510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267898)

They killed Kenny! Bastards!

Lone Gunmen Deja Vu (1, Interesting)

gambit3 (463693) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267906)

Nice Lone Gunmen-ing the title there, Sherlocks. So much for me being surprised now when I read it.

Good morning to you too... (5, Funny)

Pacifix (465793) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267918)

That's a fine way to start the day. Log on to the computer and find out Captain America is being killed off? Why don't you shoot my dog too?

Re:Good morning to you too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18267996)

Don't worry, the administration can probably send Cheney over to do that for you.

They're killing America; no reason for Captain America to go on living.

Re:Good morning to you too... (5, Funny)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268234)

Why don't you shoot my dog too?


Done and done. Would you like to be billed now or later?

Re:Good morning to you too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268870)

Billed? Seems to me you forgot one important point. He's dead, Jim.

Re:Good morning to you too... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268400)

You are such an extreme fag. Shut the fuck up and get a fucking life you felcher.

Re:Good morning to you too... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268438)

Why don't you shoot my dog too?

That's next week's issue ;)

Oh no! (5, Funny)

brewstate (1018558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267920)

Now only Jack Bauer Can save us against the evil that confronts the United States.

Re:Oh no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268406)

Captain America is dead, but Osama lives.

Oops, guess we really are losing!

Captain America dead at 66 (5, Funny)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267928)

I just heard some sad news on cnn. Famed costume advernturer Captain America was found dead in his home at Timely Comics. Even if you are not a comic book fan you probably enjoyed his defeat of the nazis and his relentless persuit of freedom for all americans. Truly an American Icon. He will be missed.

Re:Captain America dead at 66 (3, Insightful)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268486)

> Even if you are not a comic book fan you probably enjoyed his defeat of the nazis and his relentless pursuit of freedom for all americans. Truly an American Icon. He will be missed.

So will America.

If Captain America is the embodiment of what it means to be American, let the record show that he didn't die because he failed us. He died because we, the Americans, failed him.

Re:Captain America dead at 66 (4, Insightful)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268652)

Given the story line of Civil War where the government wants registration of heroes and Captain America chooses a more libertarian approach by going underground to fight against the Big Brother government, I'd say Marvel is trying to make a point. And I think your post was it: Captain America died because we, the Americans, failed him.

But you know what: we voted in a new House and Senate who will hopefully change America back to the way I think it should be. How's that for an honest statement.

Re:Captain America dead at 66 (3, Insightful)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268804)

But you know what: we voted in a new House and Senate who will hopefully change America back to the way I think it should be. How's that for an honest statement.
Heh. Won't happen. They're all the same. Search your feelings, you know it to be true. How much of guardian of freedom was congress between 1954 and 1994? They all suck. We're doomed.

Clearly (4, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267940)

With Captain America dead, the terrorists have won.

Re:Clearly (1, Insightful)

Who235 (959706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268116)

Funny you mention that, since his death is roughly coinciding with the death of our Constitution.

I think the only right we have left is the one that says they can't quarter soldiers in your house.

Expect that one to be gone by the end of the year, *sigh* . . .

Re:Clearly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268394)

Funny you mention that, since his death is roughly coinciding with the death of our Constitution.

I think the only right we have left is the one that says they can't quarter soldiers in your house.


As a soldier myself, I have not choice but to quarter at least one soldier in my house!

Clearly since you are still spouting your bullshit, Freedom of Speech is still alive and well. For that matter, it seems everyone of the bill of rights is still there and protecting us all. I don't see what your problem is.

(posting anonymously because I don't want to be modded "offtopic" or "troll" for responding to a troll that is being offtopic!)

Re:Clearly (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268690)

I think the only right we have left is the one that says they can't quarter soldiers in your house.
Expect that one to be gone by the end of the year, *sigh* . . .


Nah, soliders expect better housing than my place nowadays. I could see us "housing" 1-2 soliders, but we don't have the driveway space for a hummer or jeep. No, this is definitely the only one they'd leave want to alone. I really couldn't see the government being that cheap unless we had a war on our homefront. Heck, we have enough hotels/motels that the government/military could just sieze them. My place? The soliders wouldn't want to cram in there...

Re:Clearly (0, Flamebait)

Overly Critical Guy (663429) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268830)

Funny you mention that, since his death is roughly coinciding with the death of our Constitution.


I love left-wing hyperbole on Slashdot. It's entertaining. Apparently, our Constitution has "died," OMG!

Re:Clearly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268142)

With Captain America dead, the terrorists have won.
Don't worry, it's just a plan to get publicity for Captain America^w^w^w^w^w fool the terrorists, and the Captain will be back when nerds' interest has been revived^w^w^w^w^w the terrorists least expect it.

Re: Yes, the *real* terrorists have won (1)

beiramar (1073012) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268748)

Captain America was the main casualty of the "Civil War" over government registration [and control] of superheroes, a storyline which dealt with (as much as can be in the comics) the security-vs.-civil rights, slavery and related political issues. His death represents how "the terrorists have won", in this case, domestic ones driven by their xenophobia.

Re: Yes, the *real* terrorists have won (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268858)

It's worth pointing out that Civil War ended with Captain America surrendering after realizing the pro-registration side was right.

Resonate? (1)

MeanderingMind (884641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267942)

I read about this earlier, and the whole thing bothered me. Supposedly the death of their oldest hero is supposed to "resonate" more with people. I'm trying to figure out how that works when they explicitly state that there's the possibility of a ressurection. Death sort of loses its meaning when you can continually return from it without consequence (see Dragon Ball Z).

Re:Resonate? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268796)

Marvel has killed characters without bringing them back.

Gwen Stacy, for example.

SPOILERS!!! (5, Informative)

R3s0lut3 (861752) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267952)

Excuse me! There are some of us out here who haven't read Civil War yet! Ugh.

Re:SPOILERS!!! (1)

philpalm (952191) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268252)

Arrgh, now I will know what happens...I might not buy the next issue because some of the plot is revealed...well maybe not, the artwork wasm't up to my brother's standard... or some of the characters weren't real enough....

Re:SPOILERS!!! (1)

DreamingReal (216288) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268594)

It actually happened in his main title, not the Civil War mini-series. But in all fairness, finding out was unavoidable. I'm out of town and can't pick up my books until this weekend. It was ruined for me just by reading CNN earlier. The AP Wire even has the spoiler in the title. If you didn't get your issue by the time the comic shops opened on the East coast, then you were SOL on this surprise.

Re:SPOILERS!!! (1)

EvanED (569694) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268826)

There are news sources other than Slashdot?!

What about the comic book? (1)

biocute (936687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267954)

The friendly article didn't seem to mention the future of the comic, will it continue without the main actor? His son Junior? Hitler the real father?

Or maybe they can pull a Lost-stunt by drawing pages and pages of Captain America's flashbacks.

Re:What about the comic book? (2, Informative)

DeeSnider (899643) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268222)

Well, the publishing schedule for Captain America has a two month break after this issue. In the meantime, you get lots of one-off issues of a series called Fallen Soldier chronicling the reaction of other heroes to Cap's "death".

Now, what's also not mentioned is that in another comic released today he seems to still be alive, "fighting for his life" (He was shot in the shoulder and stomach after all, how fatal is THAT in comics?). So, I think it's pretty safe to say he will be back soon enough, that's if he dies at all.

Most popular current theories have this all as a staged stunt, to help Cap disappear underground and re-emerge in a new identity, Ronin, Iron Man, Hawkeye, or US Agent are the front runners. What it certainly is is an elaborate stunt by Marvel comics to sell lots of copies of this issue.

So in short, nothing to see here, move along.

He already died back in the late 1980s (1)

the_skywise (189793) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267962)

I've got that issue... It was going to be a massive collector's item...

Then they brought him back...

[[ BATTLESTAR GALACTICA SPOILERS ]]

Of course I'm not sure what the big deal is... Starbuck just died and there's no media hoopla about that.

Re:He already died back in the late 1980s (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268054)

Unless Starbuck is a Cylon ... muhahahaha!

Re:He already died back in the late 1980s (1)

Zenaku (821866) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268156)


Probably because nobody believes she's dead. Maybe I'm still in denial, but I just don't buy it. After all that buildup about her destiny and crap I'm supposed to accept that said destiny was to fly into a storm and explode? I don't buy it. I put the odds at 50 percent chance of some future episode revealing a barely plausible explanation for how she ejected and was picked up by the cylon heavy raider (or similar deus ex machina), 30 percent of some mystical afterlife nonsense based on "god" or "the gods" followed by a resurrection, and 10 percent chance she wakes up in a pool of goo as one of the remaining 5 cylon models.

When I move from denial to bargaining, maybe we could start an online petition! Those ALWAYS work!

Re:He already died back in the late 1980s (3, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268398)

... one of the remaining 5 cylon models.

Or (follow me on this), the storm caused her to be thrown
back in time and across the galaxy (to say 1980 Earth) where she
has adventures on what appears to the the set for CHiPs.

This will be spun into a new series.

Re:He already died back in the late 1980s (1)

Zenaku (821866) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268428)

Ha! I like it. I was reserving my last 10 percent for "I'm wrong and it's none of the above" but what the hell -- 10 percent chance she is thrown back in time.

Only I think it will be to the dark ages, where she will fight Deadites using her appropriately modifed Viper and her knowledge of gunpowder.

Re:He already died back in the late 1980s (1)

i_should_be_working (720372) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268564)

I wouldn't be surprised. That show has already had way too many cases of deus ex machina, what's one more? So many times I've hoped that I'd finally seen the last of one of the characters I don't like, but no, the biggest character who died (and probably ever will) was Billy. Great.

Maybe the key to finding earth and making peace with the cylons is having every character on the show come back from the brink of death.

And as for your predictions, I vote that all 3 will happen.

1941 (1)

mastershake_phd (1050150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267966)

I have the first Captain America, he fights the German Donald Duck. Guess who wins.

Re:1941 (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268468)

...the German Donald Duck

I had always assumed Donald was Canadian.
Slashdot is better source of information than Wikipedia!

Pre-Curser (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18267972)

Maybe they could do a back-story series, something along the lines of "The Adventures of 2nd Lieutenant America".

Colonel America?! (1)

Chagatai (524580) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268194)

There was a one-shot spinoff/alternate version of the X-Men comic book called Codename: X-Men that featured a variety of mutant miscreants being gathered for a mission rather than rotting in prison. In that world, Iceman used a squirt gun that he would turn into a lethal weapon, freezing blasts mid-flight. The leader of their organization was a dark fellow named "Colonel America". When asked about who he was and his relationship to Cap, he replied, "I'm who Captain America will be in a few years if he salutes all the right people and keeps clean," or something akin to that. He also had no remorse torturing and harming the X-Men as was. Kind of like today's America.

Re:Colonel America?! (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268416)

He also had no remorse torturing and harming the X-Men as was. Kind of like today's America.
Yes, truly sad. I hear the President is kicking Wolverine in the 'nads and Dick Cheney's gay lesbian daughter (did you hear? She's gay) is molesting Jean Grey as we speak!

BWAH-HAH-Hah-hah! (2, Funny)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267986)

Our sinister plans are coming along just fine.

Without colorfully decked out heroes to inspire patriotic thoughts, America's youth will now turn to video games, skate boards, meaningless text chatter and enormous quantities of junk food to fill the empty hole in their lives.

Hmmm?

Already doing that, are they?

Dang.

Well, perhaps we need to demoralize the younger set. We have an offer to kill Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Kids still like him, right?

Wait, the KIDS want us to kill him?

That's it. I'm going back to Eddoria.

Tough sell (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18267990)

I guess it's hard to market a character so closely identified with the most hated nation since Nazi Germany.

That'll be why he's being killed... (4, Insightful)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268308)

I guess it's hard to market a character so closely identified with the most hated nation since Nazi Germany.

That's Captain America's point. He stands for what America was, not what it is now. That's why he's been leading the rebel faction throughout Civil War. Captain America's death is symbolic of the death of the American principles and ideals for which he fought for so long. If America has become a monster, then either Captain America must defeat it, or he must die fighting it, because to do otherwise would be to negate his own identity.

Plus, it always shifts a shitload of comics and gets mainstream press attention when you kill off a big name like this. Even if you then just casually bring him back to life a few months later.

Re:That'll be why he's being killed... (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268420)

I'll attempt to comment on your sig and make it relevant to your comment:

---
Real Daleks don't climb stairs - they level the building.

Just add "- see Fallujah."

OK?

Re:Tough sell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268322)

I'm sorry that is incorrect. The answer we were looking for is France...France.

Re:Tough sell (1)

Experiment 626 (698257) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268378)

I guess it's hard to market a character so closely identified with the most hated nation since Nazi Germany.

Because the Soviet Union was oh-so-popular.

Re:Tough sell (1)

u8i9o0 (1057154) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268484)

If this was related to any marketing problems, then instead of killing him they should have just adjusted things a tiny bit and called him Capitán América.

That's good for, like, twenty countries!

Re:Tough sell (1)

sbmke (998441) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268712)

Captain Latin America. A berry berry good idea. Actually, that Marvel helped fake Captain America's death because he was about to be outed as an online buyer of HGH.

Re:Tough sell (1)

i_should_be_working (720372) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268628)

Well, that's a blatant exaggeration. According to this recent BBC poll [bbc.co.uk] they're only the 3rd most hated nation right now.

News? (1)

taupin (1047372) | more than 7 years ago | (#18267992)

So Captain America is gone - or maybe he isn't.

Surprise, surprise.

Death isn't final, huh? (1)

shimage (954282) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268002)

In the comic-book universe, death is not always final.

Not only isn't it final, it's a cliche [wikipedia.org] .

confusing (2, Funny)

niloroth (462586) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268018)

i am wondering if it is to much for me to ask for some semblance of reality injected into the comic industry. With the frequency that characters are killed, resurrected, killed again, cloned, or brought in from another universe, i highly doubt that Cap will make it more than 6 months before someone finds him under a rock somewhere, most likely with amnesia if i had to guess.

Re:confusing (5, Funny)

Snowgen (586732) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268152)

i am wondering if it is to much for me to ask for some semblance of reality injected into the comic industry.

I agree! Let's stick to realistic flying people with telepathic powers and super-human strength that the got from a gamma-radiated firefly!

Re:confusing (1)

alan_dershowitz (586542) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268688)

"Suspension of disbelief." It's easier to be convinced by a representation of a world otherwise normal where people have psychic powers than a world where popular people never seem to stay dead, transparently for the purposes of marketing.

Re:confusing (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268196)

This may be heresy, but try the Marvel Ultimate universe, complete with a cannibalistic Hulk and wife beating Henry Pym. Also, lots of silly self referential nonsense(Nick Fury is basically Sam Jackson, the characters make fun of their stupid uniforms, etc.).

Re:confusing (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268238)

Hank Pym being a wife beater is actually quite canonical. He's a messed up individual in any universe.

Re:confusing (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268816)

Retconning, it is clear that I included the Pym reference to demonstrate that they didn't take anything good out.

Allegory (1)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268040)

The national ideal he represents is long since dead - makes sense to me...

Who was Steve Rogers? (1)

biocute (936687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268062)

According to Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] :

Rogers attempts to enlist, only to be rejected due to his poor constitution.

Then

A U.S. Army officer looking for test subjects offers Rogers the chance to serve his country by taking part in a top-secret defense project -- Operation: Rebirth, which seeks to develop a means of creating physically superior soldiers. Rogers volunteers for the research and, after a rigorous physical, combat training and selection process, is chosen as the first human test subject

So he was not fit to be enlisted, yet strong enough to participate in this rigorous physical, combat training and selection process?

Re:Who was Steve Rogers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268432)

(cough) Wikipedia (cough). Did you make sure it wasn't penned by Essjay?

It's a comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268068)

he won't be dead for long, he'll be brought back to life with faddy near future nanocloning techniques, shipped in from some alternate universe, or his nephew Duddly W Dickens will take over the role

Come on, this is comics.... (1)

nweaver (113078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268090)

Death in comic books is always nearly kinda sorta semi perminent.

Figures (0)

Malakusen (961638) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268098)

America's already dead, the Captain of it may as well follow.

Or am I being too curmudgeonly?

Re:Figures (1)

heinousjay (683506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268514)

I wouldn't say curmudgeonly. I'd say typical Slashdottian jackassery.

Which one? (1)

CyberLord Seven (525173) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268144)

You call yourselves nerds?

PFFAAGH!

I laugh at you!

Is this the Capt. America that fought the Red Skull, or the Capt. America that fought the Red Skull?

I can tell by the perplexed looks upon your pale faces that you don't realize that there was another Capt. America, in the 1950s!

Drag yourselves back to your mother's basement to dig out your old comic books and you will disgust yourselves almost as much as you disgust me.

I laugh at you again. No, better yet, I spit on you.

SIGNED Red Skrull

Sold Out (1)

Snowgen (586732) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268192)

What really peeves me is that I've been reading Cap regularly for a while now, and I was just trying to by the next issue like I always do but all the frigging collectors and speculators bought them first. So a bunch of people who couldn't care less have it and I don't.

Weaksauce death? (1)

MalleusEBHC (597600) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268246)

I never read much Captain America, but I read a good number of other Marvel comics. Frankly, getting sniped seems like a pretty damn weak death for someone so badass. It just doesn't seem fitting for a superhero to get taken out by a single dude with a rifle.

Re:Weaksauce death? (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268286)

Hey -- it happened to Achilles!

Sniped? (0)

purify0583 (1063046) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268256)

He gets shot walking out of a courthouse? I kinda thought he would have sacraficed himself for the greater good. Or died a glorious death in combat against the forces of evil. Pretty lame way to kill him off in my opinion.

Re:Sniped? (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268456)

He gets shot walking out of a courthouse? I kinda thought he would have sacraficed himself for the greater good. Or died a glorious death in combat against the forces of evil. Pretty lame way to kill him off in my opinion.

Kennedy metaphor, anybody? Symbol of American idealism shot down by lone nut?

Re:Sniped? (1)

beiramar (1073012) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268824)

Seems to be a comment on the pettiness of today's social and political climate - hero against oppression led away in shackles, shot by what amount to Neds [wikipedia.org] .

He'll Be Back (1)

Dr Kool, PhD (173800) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268264)

Some new young guy will show up with super powers and become the "new" Captain America. This stuff happens all the time, see Green Lantern.

Read more at Marvel Database (2, Interesting)

CodeMonkey22 (861014) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268284)

Marvel Database [marveldatabase.com] is the best place to read about this kind of stuff. (20,000+ articles)

Time for a new Captain America? (4, Funny)

ikekrull (59661) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268312)

Its clear the old Captain America doesn't really symbolise what America stands for any more.

I'm picturing a Baron Harkonnen from the Lynch Dune movie, drenched in blood and oil. His superpower would be the ability to fly at 50,000 feet in an invisible plane, and destroy his enemies (along with anyone else who happened to get in the way), with radioactive munitions.

His weakness, which all superheroes have, would be his incredible stupidity.

News? (1)

meckhert (186609) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268338)

Why was this tagged as news? Anything that is posted here is technically "news", but frankly updates on the comic book world shouldn't get an additional "news" tag. The only way that would make sense is if Slashdot was a site dedicated to irrational childhood fantasies... oh wait! Seriously though, if Slashdot editors are going to post these sorts of stories (which I have no problem with), they should be more judicious when choosing tags. Otherwise they are meaningless.

Re:News? (1)

Socguy (933973) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268550)

I must disagree with you. If you examine the tagline "Slashdot - news for nerds. Stuff that matters" you will see that this story is exactly the thing that is most relevant to the target audience.

Garbage can lids (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268414)

I guess this was inevitable. I haven't seen the kind of garbage cans whose lids we used to use a shield when playing Captain America as kids recently either.

Damn I'm old!

Steve Rogers is dead, not Cap (2, Insightful)

DreamingReal (216288) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268440)

Joe Quesada is dissembling because "death" in comic books rarely is. Hiatus is a better word to use for characters that supposedly die only to be brought back to life by the new writer on the next arc (Magneto anyone?).


That said, Cap will be back. Steve Rogers was not the only Captain America and he won't be the last. William Naslund, Jeff Mace, a "fake" Steve Rogers, and most recently, John Walker briefly took the mantle of "Captain America" from Rogers. I am sure another Marvel hero will assume the role of Captain America in his stead.


As a collector of the series, I am disappointed as Steve Rogers has been the one and only Captain America in my opinion and he can never be replaced, no matter who wears the costume.

Re:Steve Rogers is dead, not Cap (1)

Plekto (1018050) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268814)

That said, Cap will be back. Steve Rogers was not the only Captain America and he won't be the last. William Naslund, Jeff Mace, a "fake" Steve Rogers, and most recently, John Walker briefly took the mantle of "Captain America" from Rogers. I am sure another Marvel hero will assume the role of Captain America in his stead.
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Sounds like a re-hash of Green Lantern to me.

Started out as one guy... now it's whatever guy currently has the ring(plus the hundreds of them apparently out in the wider galaxy).

I'm voting for some (Al-Queda type group) scientist cloning his DNA to make an anti-Cap supersoldier.

Corporate America Triumphs Again (5, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268488)

66 huh? So we are expected to believe that it's a coincidence that just 1 year after his pension benefits kick in he suddenly dies. I think not. Just a little too convenient...

Art imitates life (5, Insightful)

vivaoporto (1064484) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268508)

So, Captain America dies. He, a hero burned in the popular imaginary as a *defender* the multiple freedoms people are naturally entitled (note the operative word there, defender, as in "a fighter who holds out against attack"). He that, even to the ones (like me) that didn't read the comics, is known to portrait the very image of America, the World Police, the Shield of the free world. He that used all his strengths to defend the world against the Nazi and the commies, armed with nothing more than a shield and his will to do the right thing. Dead.

Maybe it is just coincidence that he is dead now, right when the vision of an U.S.A holding the high standards of freedom and fighting the good fights is vanishing every intervention, every occupation, every bad move in the fragile international relationships. (And I say "the vision" because, even U.S.A. making some bad movies between the end of WWII and the fall of The Wall, the fear of the communism was enough to impair the sight of the so called Free World, forgiving every single American mistake on that time, from Indochina to Central America, from Africa to South America).

I doubt the artists behind the comics would be courageous enough to make such a statement, to kill a superhero only to make a point. But the could have done. Captain America doesn't represents U.S.A anymore, America a long time ago gave up of the "land of free and home of brave" motto, gave up the "land of opportunities" ideal to embrace a no holds barred savage capitalism, where companies have the same rights but none of the duties of the natural people and can leverage their immortality to get rich at the expenses of the less favored. If Captain America was a real person in the real world, it would probably be fighting with all his strengths to restore to America everything that was lost in the past 60 years. But he isn't, so he is better off dead.

Jack Bauer is a better hero for U.S. now, anyway. Rest in peace if you can, Captain America, knowing that everything you fought for is about to be thrown away for 30 pieces of silver.

Re:Art imitates life (1)

alan_dershowitz (586542) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268818)

I doubt the artists behind the comics would be courageous enough to make such a statement, to kill a superhero only to make a point.

I could see the excellent J Michael Strazynsci (speling?) doing this. Or individuals like Grant Morrison who routinely pervert characters to their own sociopolitical interests (I don't like my X-Men comics infused with Freudian undertones.)

I'm glad (1)

David_Shultz (750615) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268610)

I will no doubt be offending fans of Captain America with this post, but frankly, I'm glad he's gone. I never liked Captain America for one very important reason: he took the place of the superhero who should have served as a patriotic, shield-wielding warrior -Captain Canada. What I'm trying to say is this: Captain Canada should have been the super hero with the shield. Think about it. If we are picking an item to represent the policies of the US, is a shield really the right one? Wouldn't a stealth missile be more appropriate? Canada's policies are much more defensive, and America's much more offensive -Captain Canada should have the shield, not Captain America. On top of that, Canada has the god damn Canadian Shield! The "Shield" is part of our countries geography!

so what? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18268618)

comic books are for fags anyway.

Reminds me of (1)

Marko DeBeeste (761376) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268630)

Spock slipping in the shower

Anyone have any idea (1)

hkgroove (791170) | more than 7 years ago | (#18268776)

What Captain America's Purpose was during the Infinity Gauntlet / War series?

Seriously, what could he have done against Galactus or Thanos?
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