Dave Galanter
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Ed Love

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Superman's Pal

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Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 06:30:53 pm EST (Viewed 9 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 08:24:41 pm EST (Viewed 444 times)

    Since he debuted in the 1940s I'd say he has to be at least 80 by now, probably closer to 85. I think the added vitality granted in the Ian Karkull storyline is all that's needed to explain the aging. If his aging was slowed in his 20s until just a few years ago (Zero Hour probably happened "5 years ago" in DC time) he may still be a man physically of 40-50, who knows. I don't know if he really became his true age after that or if he just started aging again at a regular rate but is still at that younger age.

    I thought the 9 lives retcon was basically to establish how he was healed after Crisis on Infinite Earths when his legs were "shattered" by lightning and we were told he would never walk again. I didn't think the 9 lives curse had much to do with his retarded aging but maybe it was a catch-all explanation. After all, the rest of the JSA all had fall-back explanations for their retarded aging after they lost their Karkull juice. Hawkman's aging was slowed by Nth metal, Alan Scott's by the Starheart, Jay Garrick's by the Speed Force. Why not Wildcat's by a magical curse?

A few corrections. Neither Wildcat nor Mr. Terrific were present for the Ian Karkull story that granted the majority of the JSA slow aging. There has never been a story that actually addresses them not aging. Even the nine-lives doesn't unless we accept that he's been killed a couple of times and reverted back to the 40-ish adventurer over the decades.

Nor does the 9 lives explain his healed legs. His legs were healed when he went to Valhalla with the JSA and merged with the Norse gods to fight Ragnarok. When the JSA came back from that, he retained the use of his legs. THAT storyline does explain how the JSA from that point on were younger looking than they should be and even younger physically, but it was to different degrees for the various heroes. One of Al Pratt's concerns was that they had no way of knowing if it would last, if at any time they'd start aging again or that Wildcat would lose the use of his legs.

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