Solicits for the next issue of ‘Scooby Apocalypse’ indicate that a core member of the Mystery Inc. gang may not be long for this world, and when I mentioned this to my daughter, she was really bothered by it.  Her theory is that, had she been a few years earlier, hearing that one of her cartoon friends was going to die could have been traumatic.  For my part, I grew up in a world where the Three Stooges were cartoon superheroes and were already dead, so I don’t know that I agree with her about the danger of cartoon casualties.  But it makes for interesting ruminations, leading to today’s Saturday morning query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is reminded of the issues around Starfire around the time of the New 52 thanks to her cartoon genki girl incarnation, asking: Is it an issue for you when kiddie-show characters become cartoon casualties?


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  1. Not really. I was trained by Disney and east European cartoons (RIP Bambi’s mom, Optimus Prime and Snowman) so things like that always felt natural. Sad, but natural. However, some real life casualties may create problematic situations if it happens unexpectedly when show is still on the air but to me, characters and people are different. Its a good thing to keep in mind who were behind the scenes, making those characters become to life, but its also an opportunity to remember those people fondly and honor their life, so its a nice thing they will be remembered after their passing.

  2. Scott Gunstream on

    It is an not an issue for me when kiddie-show characters become cartoon casualties. Just like the rest of comics, they’ll be back for more.

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