Super Hero 'Retirement'

    Concept » Super Hero 'Retirement' appears in 93 issues.

    At least once during (most) superhero's career, the hero will decide to throw in the towel 'for now and forever'. They usually come back a few issues later.

    Short summary describing this concept.

    Super Hero 'Retirement' last edited by Phantom25 on 12/05/22 10:55AM View full history


    The life of the super hero is a tough one, and probably a lot harder than the non-super hero. But from time to time an event or injury breaks their will to carry on the fight against a seemingly endless roster of aggressors.When this happens the Hero will usually find a protégé to train up or a new hero will move in to fill the gap or possibly the protégé will take on their masters identity completely as a direct replacement.

    Some comics deliberately use the retirement of an aging hero or team of heroes as a thematic starting point. This is most notable in the series The Watchmen that uses the retired and replacement heroes as the basis for the characters and a plot that intertwines around that idea.

    Retirement is a particularly dangerous act for a hero and alongside revealing their secret identity is probably the time when they re at their most vulnerable; both thought lack of readiness and age.

    Characters like Superman and Spider-man have become disillusioned with their charges and left, leaving them to fend for themselves, in a kind of early retirement.


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