Long Lived Characters

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at charter.net
Tue Mar 16 22:00:15 EST 2004


Ged (LeGuin)
First published 1968 (A Wizard of Earthsea)
Last published 2001 (The Other Wind)
for 33 Years.

Do comic book characters count (probably not since they're not written  
by only one author)?

Superman 1937 - present (67 years)
Batman 1939 - present (65 years)
Wonder Woman 1941 - present (63 years)

widdy


On Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at 07:21  PM, Ven wrote:

> I found this interesting thread on The Straight
> Dope:
>
> <<Who is the longest "lived" fictional character
>
> I've just gotten back into P.G. Wodehouse's
> Jeeves and Wooster stories, and I noticed with
> some surprise that the first Jeeves story
> appeared in 1916 and the last was written (or at
> least begun) in 1974, for a "lifespan" of 58
> years.
>
> I think this is a record.
>
> Does anyone know of another fictional character
> who was written about by the original author over
> a longer period? I think we can rule out most, if
> not all, of the juvenile series like Tom Swift,
> Nancy Drew, etc., since I believe they were
> written by many different people.>>
>
> http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=245340>
>
> I make Chrestomanci 23 -- Charmed Life pub 1977,
> Mixed Magics 2000 -- soon to be 28 or so on
> publication of the next book.
>
> Here's a copy of the list in progress from the
> SD:
>
> 58 years: Jeeves and Wooster (Wodehouse)
> 55 years: Hercule Poirot (Christie)
> 55 years: The Saint (Charteris)
> 53 years: Eliots (Bradbury)
> 46 years: Woodrow Wilson Smith (Heinlein)
> 43 years: Nero Wolfe (Stout)
> 41 years: Hari Seldon (Asimov)
> 40 years: Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle)
> 40 years: Gandalf (Tolkein)
> 39 years: Daneel Olivaw (Asimov)
> 35 years: Tarzan (Burroughs)
> 33 years: Yossarian (Heller)
> 28 years: Father Callahan (King)
> 25 years: Roland (King)
> 20 years: Jack Ryan (Clancy)
>
>
> =====
> Ven
>
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