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Comic Book Questions Answered - Which DC and Marvel Characters Have Gone the Longest Without "Dying"?

This one is tricky, for reasons David pointed out.

Whoever it is couldn't have been with the heroes at the end of Secret Wars #11...

And also had to survive the more recent destruction of the universe in the 2015 Secret Wars...

The "problem" is that the Marvel Universe gets destroyed a LOT. Here's just five examples of it happening. You can even excuse the "universe was gone for a second" examples like the original M'Kraan Crystal story in X-Men #108 and the Nebula story in Avengers while still leaving plenty of times when someone legitimately destroyed the universe. I was going to give Doctor Strange as an example as someone who survived a whole lot of these destruction, but obviously he didn't survive them ALL.

But I initially thought Doctor Strange was still the main answer, as he survived the longest before getting caught in one of these things, as he was the only survivor of 1975's Doctor Strange #12...

However, commenter Sumocat correctly pointed out that Doctor Strange intentionally let himself die eight issues earlier as part of his trials to become the Sorcerer Supreme. Obviously it was a big magical thing, but we have to count that if we count all these other things (and David specifically wanted me to count stuff like Secret Wars and Infinity Gauntlet). So I guess we have to rule Strange out. So then I suppose it would be a three-way tie between Mister Fantastic, Human Torch and Invisible Girl (as Thing "died" in Fantastic Four #112) for the longest stint without dying, as they all lasted from 1961's Fantastic Four #1 through 1975's Doctor Strange #12.

So then I guess the current answer is Ultimate Reed Richards (now known as the Maker), who survived Secret Wars and wasn't involved in those other examples of the Marvel Universe being destroyed and was around longer than his fellow Ultimate Universe counterpart, Miles Morales...

If you think Maker should be disqualified for the same basic reason that I disqualified alternate Earth-2 versions of DC heroes, then I guess Miles Morales would be it...

So Reed/Johnny/Sue for "Went the longest without dying" and Miles Morales for "longest current streak without ever dying."

There ya go, David! If anyone else has a question, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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