It’s something we all get to look forward to: growing older. At least, it’s something we get to look forward to if we are not on a comic book reality. And, last time I checked (ten minutes ago), we weren’t.
It is an issue that really never comes up in comics. This is mostly because it is possible to take a full year to tell a story that happens in one day in the comic. The very nature of comics prevents aging from coming into play, except in a severe long-term fashion, or for story effect (“Superman, you aged 300 years in 30 seconds, and Lex Luthor is attacking!”)
For those of us who wish to create our own comic world (thus keeping control over our ideas), we can either follow the lead of the majors, or we can adopt our own ideas in dealing with aging. After all, it is quite possible that and creator could create the hero that readers will want to follow for years, or even generations.
So, beyond just ignoring aging entirely, what can a reader do to deal with it. Surprisingly, there are a number of options out there.
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