Jim Purcell wrote:
5. Real time
No one has ever done a run this long (approaching 200 issues) in real time and kept the story moving.
Judge Dredd and his 35 weekly years would like to have a chat with you citizen.
Now granted his status quo doesn't change quite as radically as Dragon does, but he's certainly in a different place then where he started as a character. Not that this diminishes this aspect of Dragon, just that there are others if you root around a little bit.
Savage Dragon remains unique in that regard because it's a classical american super-hero book taking place in the contemporary world. I daresay it's easier to have characters pushing 50 or 60 in a sci-fi context, where you don't exactly know how long people live, what kind of preservatives go in their food, etc. This is not to diminish Judge Dredd in any way, but if Judge Dredd "counts", a whole lot of other books from various countries count as well. Heck, you could say that Dragon Ball beats them all since the characters in the book aged faster than real time, actually.
In other words : if Savage Dragon had been around in the late 70s, he would have met the Saturday Night Live cast and this story would still count. Whereas in the Marvel Universe, this story is now lost in limbo. On the other hand, Judge Dredd or Son Goku wouldn't even know who the Saturday Night Live cast was, because these kind of things are not part of their world.