We were talking about Golden Age favorite The Red Bee earlier this week and apparently, he was killed off three times, no writer or editor apparently aware he was already dead (or actually, continuity having moved on). Though I don't want to see the guy die at all, or in fact, ANY superhero (I think it's a waste), that intrigued me and I went looking...
The Red Bee's first death was at Roy Thomas' hands in All-Star Squadron #35. And by Roy Thomas, I mean Baron Blitzkrieg.
In Golden Age #4, James Robinson kills the Red Bee again.
Robinson later uses the Red Bee's ghost in Starman #37. Same writer, same death regardless? Maybe. The circumstances are even less clear:
1. Even if The Golden Age represents the truth about what happened to at least some heroes post-Crisis, Zero Hour tweaked continuity in between that mini-series and his Starman appearance.
2. The ghost of the Red Bee mentions having died before he was able to show his stuff, but the Golden Age Bee might have had as much as a decade of active service. Not necessarily contradictory, but if he had lived past the JSA due date, then moaning about having yet to prove himself to them makes little sense.
3. This post-Zero Hour Red Bee rocks a funky belt buckle/portable bee hive: