So, help me out here. I'm not looking for the end all be all of answers, or figure everything out to the decimal point, but I am clearly missing something. I'm going to use Spidey here as an example, (because his is the easiest), but this issue can be applied to pretty much to most comic book characters that have been around for a long time. I think the problem lies with mixing real time and comic book years. Kinda obvious, but I'd like to have a rationality. So, in a recent Civil War issue, Carol Danvers states Spiderman has had his powers since the age of 15. Suffice it to say, we know he was a teen when he received them. His first appearance? 1962. 44 years ago. 44+15=59. Spiderman sure as hell does not look 60 to me. So is there an answer besides that the companies obviously don't want their characters to get too old to make money, so they leave them all in their primes? The X-Men and Captain America are examples that come to mind as well.