|We'll not hear a world against Aunt May here at TooBusyThinking, as hopefully this post over at our sister Tumblr will reinforce. (Panel by John Romita & Stan Lee, et, from 1967's Amazing Spider-Man #49)|
In which the blogger offers up a baker's dozen of comicbook characters who've made it past what you and I would normally understand to be middle age. Whether mortal or not, in the best possible physical shape or falling apart, the following were the first 13 no-longer-at-all-youthful citizens who came to the blogger's mind.
Should you wish to kill a particularly dull moment by playing along, the rules are simple. Take a minute and simply reel off a baker's dozen of comics folks who've managed to make it past 60 or so in ordinary, I-live-on-the-thrid-planet years. Then, scratch Aunt May off your list - since just about everyone will have added the estimable Mrs Parker - and add one final choice to replace her. Huzzah!
1. The Ancient One (Though only as portrayed in the original Ditko/Lee stories in Strange Tales)
2. Mr Articulate, as a representative of his many fellow senior citizens of Tranquility
3. Judge Chief MgGruder
4. Vandal Savage, the Immortal Villain
|By Mike Baron, Jackson Guice, Larry Mahlstedt et al, from 1987's The Flash #1 (In Mike Baron's hands, Vandal Savage was a particularly disturbing mix of senility and psychopathy. )|
6. Count Dracula
9. The God Of The Image Universe
|Page by Eric Larsen, from the black'n'white reprint in 2007's Savage Dragon Archives Volume 2 of 1996's Savage Dragon #31|
|Coming soon to a multiplex near you, and hopefully in a form that's as close to this as possible, the death of Colonel Logan of the Canadian Resistance Army, as shopwn in X-Men #142, 1981, by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Terry Austin et al.|
11. The Living Mummy
|The splash page from the very first Living Mummy story, from Supernatural Thrillers #5. The long and short of it is that he's a mummy who's alive. It was good enough for me when I was 11 ....|
12. Doctor Victor Bergman
13. The Watcher
TooBusyThinking will return in the very near future with reviews of recent comics, another chat about Doctor Strange's early career, and, if I can raise the energy to discuss anything to do with DC after today's news about Gail Simone and Batgirl, a look at Superman: Earth One II.