Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Sweep Secondhand

In Reply To
Ohotmu the all-knowing

Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 08:53:01 am EST (Viewed 24 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 at 09:00:56 pm EST (Viewed 467 times)

The spear of destiny was originally supposed to only effect heroes who were vulnerable to magic or had magic based powers. This prevented characters like Superman and the Spectre from going into Germany during the war. In both origins of the JSA (pre and post Crisis), members like the Flash were shown in Germany and were not effected by the spear's power. The whole story with the Dragon King was nothing more than a badly written attempt to de-power Wildcat. It is unlikely that even if the spear was effecting "supers" at this point that Wildcat would be bothered by it. His nine lives were the bi-product of a curse placed on him by a demon that turned him into a cat. Zatara managed to reverse the curse but the nine lives stayed. The "powers" he derived from magic only kicked in when he died, they weren't part of his everyday actions. Even after Wildcat's lives were used up in the story, Flash still left the circle and reasoned he would not fall under the spear's power if he acted quickly enough. Again, just another weak story with a singular purpose in mind.

> > He was given 9 lives to explain why he keeps defaulting about being just slightly past his prime. Just as it has been suggested the Speed Force and Alan's ring allowed the Flash, Johnny Quick and Green Lantern to bounce back (not sure what explanation there is for Hourman though, other than something that Hourman III may have done).
> >
> Footnote:
> He's just a regular Joe now as his 9 lives have expired. In a JSA Classified story, the Dragon King had same magical implement that Hitler had to prevent the supers from getting involved in WW2 (the Spear of Destiny, IIRC). He had captured Flash and Wildcat to hold them captive until he collected the rest of the JSA, at which point he would amuse himself by watching as he commanded them to kill one another.
> They were caught in a circle where they still had their wits. They were told that if they crossed the boundary of the circle, they would be induced to kill each other, regardless of whether the Dragon King was present to order it.
> Wildcat figured that the spear only had influence on supers. The only reason he was super was because he still had some of his 9 lives. He wasn't sure how many he had left because the Crimson Avenger blew him away quite a few times in a JSA storyarc.
> Anyway, he convinced a reluctant Flash to stop his heart to kill him so he'd use up his remaining life (he was pretty sure he still had one more). The reasoning was that once this was done, he would no longer be super and no longer be subject to the Spear.
> Flash did it. He revived. The plan worked. The good guys won.
> To the best of my knowledge, he has not been shown to have any more lives stocked up.

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