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Thankfully, the Internet is home to a relentless army of hardcore nerds who are willing to do the work of sifting through all of pop culture to come up with the hard numbers.
It turns out comics have contributed a surprising number of enduring words, phrases, and traditions to modern society.
For artists, it must be complete agony to see their hard-labored brainchildren banned, censored or outright destroyed -- which makes it all the more baffling when they choose to do it themselves.
Sometimes a hero's unwavering moral code results in the meting out of far more cruel and unusual punishments than a quick, clean death.