We all knew how permanent death is in comics. Regardless, there are some great deaths of heroes and villains. Here ia a look at a few that are noteworthy  Get full access to Key Collector Comics including all categories and Key Issue Alerts for only $1.99 per month.  Or subscribe for a year and save $3.89 🎁 Thank you for supporting the continued development of Key Collector Comics by using the eBay links for ANY purchase

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Marvel ⋅ 2005
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Origin of Klaw

Death of T'Chaka, the Black Panther's father, killed by Klaw

Image ⋅ 2013
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Death of Badrock

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Black Manta reveals his identity

Death of Arthur Curry Jr. aka Aquababy, suffocated at the hands of Black Manta

Image ⋅ 2015
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Death of Battle Beast

Copies ordered by retailers: 13,191

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Death of Green Arrow

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1st appearance of Nubia, Wonder Woman's sister and the first black super-powered female in DC Comics

Death of I-Ching, killed by a sniper

Return of Wonder Woman's classic costume which had been absent since issue #179

Marvel ⋅ 1984
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Death of Guardian, James Hudson

Hudson is revealed to have survived the detonation of his power suit in Alpha Flight #90

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Death of Belit

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1st appearance of Simon Saint, creator of the Magistrate force

1st appearance of Sean Mahoney, the identity of Peacekeeper-01 from Future State

Death of Bane

Nubia becomes the new Wonder Woman

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3rd cameo team appearance of Titans Academy students

Marvel ⋅ 2004
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Death of Agatha Harkness, killed by the Scarlet Witch after discovering she once had children and Agatha was instrumental in making her forget

Doctor Strange summarizes events that led to Wanda's madness in a double-page spread

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Death of Green Goblin, Harry Osborn

Marvel ⋅ 1975
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Death of Erik Killmonger, knocked off of a cliff by a boy who simultaneously saved T’Challa’s life

Part 12 of "The Panther's Rage" written by Don McGregor

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1st appearance of Countdown, an astronaut

1st appearance of a S.A.W.-Viper, heavy machine gunner

Death of Doc, Heavy Metal, Thunder and Crankcase, killed by a S.A.W. Viper

Death of Breaker, Crazylegs, and Quick Kick killed by an exploding Cobra Rage vehicle

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Kraven's Last Hunt story arc part 5

Death of Kraven the Hunter, by self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Death of Dr. Hugo Strange, fell from a cliff after being punched by Batman

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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1st appearance of Shuma-Gorath, an incredibly powerful Elder God

Death of the Ancient One, killed by Dr. Strange to vanquish Shuma-Gorath

Doctor Strange becomes Sorcerer Supreme after the Ancient One sacrificed himself to bequeath his powers to Strange

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Death of Gwen Stacy, neck unintentionally snapped as Spider-Man attempted to rescue her

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Death of Alex DeWitt

Controversial Issue: Major Force murders and dismembers Green Lantern's (Rayner) girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt and hides her remains in the refrigerator for him to find

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Death of Sinestro, beaten to death by Hal Jordan

Death of Kilowog, incinerated by Hal Jordan

1st appearance of Hal Jordan as Parallax

1st full appearance of Kyle Rayner

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Kyle Rayner becomes the new Green Lantern

Glow-in-the-dark cover

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"A Death in the Family" part 3

Death of Robin, Jason Todd, killed by the Joker

Batman #427 ended on a cliffhanger that placed Jason Todd in the blast zone of an exploding warehouse

DC set up a poll for readers to cast their vote of whether Jason Todd should survive the blast by calling one phone number, or die by calling another

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10,614 phone calls were made with Todd's death having been decided by only 72 votes more than the opposite outcome where he would've survived

DC had prepared both scenarios to go to print (tap cover and swipe to view unpublished pages)

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Death of Superman

Death of Doomsday

Every page of this issue is a full or double-splash page

Six-million issues sold

Marvel ⋅ 2009
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Death of Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, eaten by the Blob in gory detail (Ultimate Universe Earth 1610)

Marvel ⋅ 1982
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Death of Elektra, skewered by Bullseye

📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

9.9 sold for $10,200 [$5,755 in 2019] +77%

There are six copies graded 9.9, none higher

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Death of the first Union Jack, suffered a heart attack

Death of Baron Blood, decapitated by Captain America

1st appearance of the third Union Jack, Joseph Chapman

DC ⋅ 2019
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Death of Alfred Pennyworth, neck snapped by Bane

DC ⋅ 1988
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Death of Vigilante, Adrian Chase, commits suicide

Final issue

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Death of Jim Wilson, one of the Hulk's closest friends, from the AIDS virus

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Death of Jarella, killed by a power surge explosion resulting from the Hulk defeating a robot

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Death of Betty Ross by radiation poisoning, later resurrected as Red She-Hulk

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Death of Jonah Hex, after being gunned down during a Poker game, Jonah's body is stuffed and put on display in a traveling Wild West show

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Death of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, killed by the Joker toxin

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Death of Martine Bancroft, the vampire girlfriend of Morbius, killed after Morbius pushes her into a wooden stake held by Spider-Man

Marvel ⋅ 1975
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Death of Thunderbird, John Proudstar, killed in a plane crash

3rd appearance of Nightcrawler

Earliest use of the word 'Bamf' to describe the sound of Nightcrawler teleporting via an alternate dimension

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Death of the second Phantom Lady, Dee Tyler, brutally impaled by Deathstroke's sword

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Death of Maxwell Lord, Wonder Woman snaps his neck

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Death of Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, shot in the head by Maxwell Lord

Archie ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance and origin of Hangman, the brother of Comet

Death of Comet, shot by a gangster - the first death of a superhero in comic history

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Death of Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter Parker, killed in an explosion that resulted from him smashing the Green Goblin with a semi truck

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Death of the Prowler, the uncle of Miles Morales, killed after one of his vibro-shock gauntlets malfunctions and explodes

Image ⋅ 2000
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Death of Angela, speared through the chest by Malebolgia

McFarlane was forced to relinquish the rights to Angela after losing a court case to Neil Gaiman. Gaiman then sold the rights to Angela to Marvel

Death of Malebolgia, killed by a rage-fueled Spawn after watching Angela die

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Death of the second Jackpot, died from a heart attack after being given an antidote by Spider-Man that caused a deadly interaction with her superhuman-enhancement drugs

Marvel ⋅ 1999
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Death of Mysterio, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound that he attributes to being inspired by Kraven who died of suicide as well

Later, in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #12, Mysterio removes the glass headpiece to gruesomely reveal that half of his skull is missing

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Death of Spoiler, Stephanie Brown, succumbs to her injuries in this issue after being tortured by Black Mask throughout Robin #130 (2004)

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Death of Fred Jones, disemboweled by a monster

Dark Horse ⋅ 1992
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Death of Marv from Sin City, execution by electrocution

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Death of Pa Kent, after suffering a heart attack

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Death of Vampirella, killed by a spear to the heart from the daughter of Chaos, Nyx

Marvel ⋅ 2005
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Death of Carnage, ripped in half by the Sentry

DC ⋅ 2007
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Death of Osiris, devoured by his friend, a crocodile named Sobek who could not control his instincts after seeing the super-powered man transform back into a handicapped boy

Marvel ⋅ 2015
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1st appearance of Virginia Vision, wife of Vision

1st appearance of Vin Vision, son of Vision

1st appearance of Viv Vision, daughter of Vision

Death of Grim Reaper, beaten to death with a pan by Virginia Vision

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[December 2022 - Viv Vision rumored for Vision Quest Disney+ series]

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