When a hero dies, do we all follow?
Even when he's imaginary?
On Wednesday, Marvel Comics issued the final panels of the colorful career of Captain America. In the midst of a civil war, Steve Rogers, the little-guy alter ego of the Captain, is gunned down on the steps of the Manhattan courthouse by a sniper.
Captain America, like his country, has faded and come back before. A wartime creation, he first appeared in 1941, enjoyed popularity as a Cold War superhero, then dwindled. But he was resurrected - "retconned," in industry parlance - in the mid-1960s and held strong and steady since.