We're all quite familiar with the killing off of beloved characters, only to have them revived sometime later. It's something I don't think will ever go away, and quite frankly I don't totally mind it, as most characters that do die do so for short-sighted or poor reasons. I think all of us accept this particular trope as part of superhero comics whether we like it or not.

However, what I want to hear is what is the most implausible, ridiculous manner of revival that you can think of?  What explanation for a character's sudden return really mad you think, "Shyeah, right. Go pull the other one." What's the explanation that made you think "wow, the creative team must have been hitting the sauce really hard when they came up with this one."

I would say that Elseworlds, What If's and Imaginary Stories should not count.

I'm going to nominate the revival of Alfred Pennyworth aka the Outsider, for the very simple reason that his body was crushed by a very large boulder. Even if that didn't kill him, it should have left him crippled for life rather than giving him strange super powers and an evil bent. Not to mention that I sincerely doubt that Batman and Robin could have made such a mistake and believed him dead when he must have had some sort of pulse.

Let's hear your choices for the worst "Got Better".

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Superboy punches Jason Todd back to life.

God in the form of Jack Kirby draws the Thing back into existence.

Those are pretty bad ones, 'Tec.

On the FF one, they (and the readers) were basically told that they were fictional characters and would never die. The Superboy thing was roundly ridiculed here when it happened, and is still a punchline.

And Richard M., I'm curious what the answer to your question is! I never read the stories where Quasar died and came back, so I genuinely do not know.


I have them, I bought them. I read them.

I have no idea.


Captain Comics said:

And Richard M., I'm curious what the answer to your question is! I never read the stories where Quasar died and came back, so I genuinely do not know.

The other problem with the "Cap-Being-Stuck-In-the-Past" before he returned was the same thing happened to Batman after he "died".

Yeah they showed Stark crying over Cap's body and Namor had in it at one point so whose body was it?

Professor X:"Yes, my X-Men, I deceived you all and rather easily but I had the save the world and you kids were slowing me down! If you have a problem with that, ten demerits! On your permanent record! And I'm calling your parents,,,,,except for you, Scott. Oops."



Richard Mantle said:


I have them, I bought them. I read them.

I have no idea.


Captain Comics said:

And Richard M., I'm curious what the answer to your question is! I never read the stories where Quasar died and came back, so I genuinely do not know.


IIRC, he used the power of the Star Brand (which he had acquired on a trip to the New Universe) to bring himself back from being nullified. Because being nullified is somehow different from being dead!

 Because being nullified is somehow different from being dead!

Excellent! I'm definitely going for the nullification option when the time comes.

Quasar died and came back twice during his own series, yes.  One after triggering the Ultimate Nullifier.

But that was somewhat understandable.  Quasar was at the time depicted as a quasi-cosmic character with considerable pull on personifications of abstract concepts,to the point of calling himself an "Avatar of Infinity" for a good while.

I think it might have been handled better, though.

Danny Ketch died once during his own Ghost Rider series and came back sort of "just because".  I don't think an actual explanation was given.  But that series had a lot of more glaring flaws than a simple unexplained ressurrection, and the genre sort of allows those anyway.

Someone should say to these writers, "Let me kill you and see how long it takes you to come back."

Love this scene from The Avengers #229 where Captain Marvel II basically throws it in the heroes' faces how often their "dead" bad guys just pop up again!

Why were they so sure he was dead? I remember how Egghead set Pym up, but I don't recall that point.

Egghead was grabbed by Cobalt Man by the wrists as he was about to explode (in Defenders #43, five years prior). In Avengers #228 he explains that he managed to activate an experimental teleportation device just in the nick of time.

Luke Blanchard said:

Why were they so sure he was dead? I remember how Egghead set Pym up, but I don't recall that point.

Quasar was meant to be a copy of Marvel Boy, who went crazy and killed himself trying to blow up the Fantastic Four. Since it was his wristbands exploding that killed him, how were they still around to be given to Quasar?

Having people repeatedly insist a character is dead always means they're not. Just ask Harry Lime. If you can find him.

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