Throughout the history of comic books, it’s become a running
joke that death is never a permanent arrangement. Ever since Superman returned
from the dead in 1993 – which actually turned out to be one giant Super-sleep –
death has become a huge cliche in the comics medium.
Even after Superman’s death and return, there was always at
least the holy triumvirate of Uncle Ben, Jason Todd and Becky Barnes to cling
onto. Despite all other deaths and resurrections, those three always
remained dead, right?
Well, not quite. Bucky would eventually return as the
Winter Soldier and Jason would return as Red Hood, although Uncle Ben has remained deceased in throughout Marvel's mainstream 616 continuity.
The point here is that death eventually comes calling for
near-enough all of your favourite comic book heroes and villains. It’s truly
rare for a character to have never had a run in with the Grim Reaper, yet that’s not
to say that they don’t exist.
They may be few and far between, but
there are at least a few famed comic book favourites who have never been killed off.