According to Wikipedia, there was once a common expression that "the only people who stay dead in comics are Bucky, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben." By now, the first two were also resurrected. On the other hand, as far as I know, Gwen Stacy (of Earth 616) remained dead for good.

Of course, I'm sure that over the years there was a multitude of minor characters that died and remained dead. So let me formulate the question as follows:

Are there other prominent comic book characters, in Earth 616 (Marvel), that have been dead for more than 10~15 years, and are still dead now?

I realize that "prominent" is a bit subjective. I'm looking for characters that were an integral part of the life of a person who had their own title, like Gwen Stacy was to Peter Parker. (In fact, I'm not sure Uncle Ben himself counts, because I think he was dead before the title of Spider-Man began). Of course, if the very person with their own title died and remained dead (e.g. if Spider-Man or Captain America had not come back), that's even better.

  • Related and related.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jun 28 at 9:26
  • The problem of 'prominency' is a hard one. An example: I'm not sure Jarella was an integral part of the Hulk's life. He loved her but they didn't spend much time together.
    – Ginasius
    Jun 28 at 9:33
  • @fez I changed the formulation so that it won't be a list question.
    – Wade
    Jun 28 at 10:34
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    @Ginasius You are right, this is definitely a bit of a problem with my question. I'd say that she in particular wasn't really prominent enough. Gwen was a major part of Peter's life, and he still thinks about her a lot even in today's comics.
    – Wade
    Jun 28 at 10:36
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    Ah then it's an "Is there any.." question in a specific universe which is on topic
    – fez
    Jun 28 at 13:43

The original Thunderstrike, Eric Masterson, died in Thunderstrike Vol 1 #24 (1995).

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He and a number of other dead superheroes were briefly revived/reanimated as members of the Legion of the Unliving in Avengers Vol 3 #10-11 (1998), but they were laid to rest again at the end of the story, and Eric has remained dead ever since as far as I know.

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His son, Kevin, later inherited his magical mace in Thunderstrike Vol 2 #1 (2011), and became the second Thunderstrike.

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The Swordsman

Jacques DuQuesne a.k.a. the Swordsman was an early member of the Avengers. He died saving Mantis, whom he loved, from Kang the Conqueror. His body was later inhabited by the spirit of an elder Cotati (a plant species), but disintegrated when the Cotati left it. The Swordsman was briefly resurrected during the Chaos Wars, but perished permanently (so far) in #5, Janaury 2011, hence slightly more than 10 years ago.

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Captain Marvel (Genis-Vell)

The son of the original Captain Marvel, Mar-vell, Genis-Vell assumed the name Captain Marvel after his father's death and appeared in a magazine of this name. He later joined the Thunderbolt, using the name Photon. However, Helmut Zemo caused his nega bands to fuse with his body and rage out of control, becoming a threat to the entire universe. Finally, Zemo used the Moonstones to kill Genis by sending his body parts into separate parts of the Darkforce Dimension so that they could never be rejoined. This happened in Thunderbolts #6, May 2005, and Genis hasn't been resurrected since.

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The original Captain Marvel was an iconic death of the early marvel universe (Feb 1982). As far as I know (and wikipedia seems to confirm) he was never resurrected for more than a discussion e.g. with Thanos or a short arc like the unliving.

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  • I answered with the same character yesterday but his brief resurrection in Secret Avengers 26 (2012) discarded him in OP's opinion. By the way, Thanos is not his brother. Mar-vell is a kree and Thanos is from Titan, Jupiter's moon. Maybe you were thinking in Starfox, a different character.
    – RubioRic
    Jun 29 at 11:41
  • my bad for the brother part, mixing myself up with starfox I guess. Something a about mar-vell dying and being buried on Titan must have confused me. Honestly the fact marvel is dead is a big "thing" for a long time in the marvel universe of 80'/90's. References to it keep coming back in other comics. I haven't really read many comics post 2005, so if he's been resurrected in 2012 I wouldn't know about it.
    – Yann TM
    Jun 29 at 11:42
  • I thought that Mar-Vell remained dead since 1982 too but that's not the case. He was revived just for a few issues that I didn't know either.
    – RubioRic
    Jun 29 at 11:49
  • Wonder Man? Also, over in the DC universe, Ferro Lad stayed dead for a really long time. Jun 29 at 13:05

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