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Subj: More like four loses. So it is a pattern. Plus...
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 at 01:05:02 pm CST (Viewed 164 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How many retcons does Thanos need?
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 at 08:14:14 am CST (Viewed 162 times)

    Starlin basically retcons two "losses" and does both in one book on one page. Yet some will make it out as if he has individually retconned double digit losses.

Starlin retonned Thanos's less than stellar showings in Thor, Ka-zar, and Avengers: Celestial Quest with clones.

His death at the hands of Drax was retconned into Thanos being in a "weakened state" in Thanos Annual #1 I believe.

His loss to Squirrel Girl was implicitly retconned by I think a clone of Thanos claiming Thanos had perfected a method of cloning that could fool Watchers. IIRC, this retcon was done by Abett which makes fun of the whole clone/retcon mess.

Then you have the idea that Thanos only looses to self-doubt and not due to anything Adam Warlock or other heroes do. How each story grabs a bigger, more impressive omnipotent source of omnipotent power. Thanos somehow becoming greater than he was before. The tendency for characters to get dumber when around him. The fight with the Annhilators is the most recent I can think of.

So yes, Starlin is highly protective of Thanos and has been for probably the last three decades.