...and I don't. The kind of humor we found in Silver and Bronze Age Spider Man was fine for that title or series of titles, but 99% of Marvel's output then didn't need it or utilize it, and certainly not on any kind of regular basis.
Imagine the classic FF 100, in which they fought an army of super villains after crashing landing in the middle of nowhere, if once on every page Crystal, Sue, Johnny or Reed said, 'Oh Yeah--Dragon Man--RIGHT. I'm Shivering in my Boots! Bring it On, Big Boy."
I have no problem with a hero putting a criminal's head in a toilet, but
A) it's a stilted, unoriginal, and over-used tool (and in more ways than one, in the 'Nelson' sense, 'I feel like such a tool') in less-than-firstrate films and television programs;
B) The way it was done was clearly farcical. It was intended to be 'funny' to the reader and also hugely insulting to the GR. It was a Tarantino-esque take on such an action, just like most of the rest of the book. I doubt his headgear would have fit in the john.
That's not my cup of tea. No one will ever take the GR seriosuly again; "Oh--that's the bloke that that Afro Chick flushed down the crapper! Haha. Yeah, right--HE'S attacking the X-Men? Haha."
That's what comes of such disrespect, as we clearly see voiced on this board all the time, even in this series of posts. and Ryker used to do it on the Avengers board daily.
Its not he had his head in the toilet like while at Rykers so that the entire supervillian community saw. And seriously, has the Grim Reaper recently been seen as a threat? Outside of Heroes for Hire I don't think so.
Do you remember when Dr Doom lost to Squirrel Girl. That was embarassing I'm sure, but it doesn't detract from Doom as a character. It was meant to be funny and was (Doom even got his revenge) but he's still treated as a legitimate threat.
This may seem kind of ironic considering most of the titles I like are "grim" but I do enjoy a nice fun story. Heroes for Hire delivers that along with good action and characters that I have to look up in handbooks (which I like as I am bored to tears with Hydra/Mr Hyde/The Wrecking Crew).