What i always wondered is why do "modern" writers seem incapable of creating new, equally popular characters?
Spiderman, Cap America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor etc.. all created in the Stan Lee era.
I don't think we have heroes created in our time (90s and 00s) that equal their popularity and pop culture importance.
Why is that? Are we not giving them a proper chance to become as established? Are they not iconic enough? Or are they just not that interesting to begin with..
Because for the most part, the idea of some guy in tights running around fighting Space Nazis got old. At the moment, there's a resurgence in popularity due to the genre being pretty much tailor-made to turn into action movies (a long time fave of American moviegoers), but when that well runs dry, men-in-tights stories will fade into obscurity.
There are plenty of interesting and well-written comic book characters out there created in the past 15 or 20 years, it's just that the style and stories being told have changed... check out stuff like Sandman or various other Vertigo books for in-depth engaging characterization (and some damn good stories). Indie books and European comics (which managed to avoid most of the superhero genre) are also well worth a look.