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Without a Trace: 15 Missing Marvel Characters

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The life of a comic book supporting cast member is a rough one. By definition, you’re not who people are coming to see, so you might not even show up in any given issue. Plus, when it comes time for comic book writers to want to kill off a character for shock value, the first place they look is the supporting cast of the hero of the comic book. However, even if you somehow manage to make it through without dying, there is a very good chance that you will be dropped from the title whenever they make a change in the creative team of the comic.

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This list, then, takes an alphabetical look at 15 comic book characters who were once important characters in some of Marvel’s most popular comic book titles, but then vanished from the title and pretty much from the Marvel Universe itself. All of these characters are still alive but have not been involved in a comic book storyline for at least four years (most far longer than that). Hopefully a comic book writer will see one of these names and want to give them another chance!

15. MRS. ARBOGAST

One of the first things that David Michelinie and Bob Layton did when they took over the writing duties on “Iron Man” was to expand the supporting cast of the book, but more specifically, expand Tony Stark’s employees at Stark International, under the theory that there would be a number of people he would have a lot to do with, so they should pop up with some frequency. Their most notable addition to the cast was Tony Stark’s pilot, James Rhodes, who would eventually become a superhero in his own right when he took over for Tony and then became War Machine.

However, another notable character that they introduced was Tony Stark’s wise-cracking (but also just plain ol’ wise) secretary, Mrs. Arbogast. She slowly rose up the ranks as the series went along, eventually becoming a manager. Then Tony Stark “died” soon before Heroes Reborn and she was out of the book for over a decade until Matt Fraction had her as one of the investors in a new company that Tony created during Fraction’s run. She hasn’t been seen since 2012.