So, a double post Sunday! Remember how I asked which deaths were "the best" or "most meaningful" to the guys. Well, that turned out to be the wrong question. I (wrongly) assumed that they would limit it to characters who had been around for more than a paragraph, or characters that actually had a story line, or any other number of common meanings. I didn't get that. I got so much random crap from the "death" of characters who were no more than text on a page to "deaths" of characters that were resolved in the same issue. Anyway, there were some good points of discussion so here's the remainder of the list.
Honorable DIC mentions:
SA Supergirl / SA Flash, Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, October 1985
Shocking. There is no other way to describe this issue. No one saw it coming. Certainly no one saw the violence coming. And the cherry on top... Elektra dies in DD's arm. One of the best single issues every written.
Bucky, Uncle Ben, Thomas and Martha Wayne
I'm not sure any of these DICs should count. They aren't death's per-se but motivations and plot points for other heroes. Heck the Wayne's didn't show up on-panel and were nothing more than a paragraph for decades. If you aren't on-panel this I say it doesn't count.
The Guardians of the Globe (Invincible)
Yeah, I guess so. This was one of Thomm's picks and as much as I like Invincible... I just don't care about the Guardians.
Was it a marketing gimmick? Heck yes! Was it well done? Sure was! It did what it was supposed to do... sell lots and lots of comics. It's hard to argue with that.
SA Doom Patrol
Jarella, Incredible Hulk #205, August 1976
This is up there for tragic moments in Hul history. I'd forgotten this little point until Matthew mentioned it. Unlike Betty who was Bruce's love, Jarella was Hulk's love and her death struck a powerful note. It should also be noted that Peter David later killed of Jim Wilson in Hulk #420. It was a public service annoucement about aids and handled very well.
I need to go back and re-read this issue. I was far to young to appreciate what Byrne was doing at the time and remember going "oh that's too bad." Several years later with kids of my own, I bet this issue will be alot more poignant.
This time I'm really done. Now stop reading this junk and go outside.