You bring up a good point about the courage factor Ed. Unfortuantely, after the whole thing with Extant removing their ability to age slower than the world around them (which is kind of a magic based super power if you think about it, there was no logical explanation for why Wildcat was still able to function. The nine lives thing made him a perpetual bad ass for the foreseeable future so I was willing to go with it. I am personally very generous towards anything that keeps Golden Age heroes in the picture. I thought the idea of merging Johnny Thunder with the Thunderbolt was brilliant but then nothing was done with it. I was dying for a scene with Alan, Jay, Ted, and Johnny Thunderbolt sitting around a table playing poker and talking about the old days but it never happened.
| > > The Golden Age was a great story but, since it was clearly Elseworlds, writer should not be using it for information pretaining to the main DC universe. Wildcat's 9 lives was actually a perfect example of what a retcon SHOULD be. It fits completely seemlessly with his original appearances. Regardless of anyone's opinions of that attribute of the charatcer though, that JSA storyline was just sloppy writing. Maybe then can use other sloppy writing like the "Superboy Prime Punches" to nullify this sloppy writing. Two wrongs could potentially make a right.|
> I disagree about it being a good retcon. While it factually fits in with his original appearances, it violates the spirit of the character ie that he has no powers and having 9 lives is definitely a superpower albeit a rather passive one. It changes a basic understanding of the character. Wildcat hanging around the JSA and fighting criminals with nothing other than his wits and fists loses a certain amount of integrity and sense of courageousness when you know that he knows that whatever happens to him, he'll bounce back as good as new. And, it wasn't a needed retcon as it doesn't explain anything.