@theacidskull: Locust and I have been debating back and forth about Pennywise for a while, and you clearly miss a lot of the context:
Pennywise was only able to be due to the ritual of chud. Prior to that, he was essentially invulnerable.
Pennywise, being an arrogant fool, massively underestimated Bill. He never expected Bill to be able to fight back, just as he never expected Maturin to emerge from his shell to help Bill.
Even with all of this, when he met Bill again as an adult he was easily overpowering Bill and was about to destroy him before being caught by surprise again (something which makes very little sense but that's King for you) by Richie and overpowered them while they were amped by the Other (presumably Gan). Even then, Pennywise was still able to practically one-shot a massively amped Richie.
I've read the book.
What I'm saying is that, even without the Ritual Pennywise has been hurt before, and he was clearly scared of the kids even before he was defeated, which is outlined so many times. Besides, "big bill" isn't exactly the epitome of power and combat, so why couldn't a guy who can become an alien giant at least overpower pennywise for it to retreat? Sure the thing may not be dead, but that's not the only way to win.
People, for some unknown reason, keep ignoring how Pennywise got his ass handed to him by a group of kids thanks to the power of belief. Pennywise may be powerful, but any wolverine-tier character could kill it.
@theacidskull: Plus words like kill and death were censored to eliminated or destroyed or some other silly variant. And the police had laser weapons instead of guns because lasers are so much less deadly than bullets :P
Oh yeah I completely forgot about that :P
And people wonder why Spectacular Spider-man was better.