I agree. I think that's one reason I really liked the early 80s at DC. Writers like Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas fully embraced DC lore, while moving things forward with characterization, subplots, etc. But (for the most part) the comics were still kid-friendly. No maiming, face-peeling, etc.DC should really stop trying to grow up and be hip. Just embrace all the goofy history of these characters and be done with it.
Why should I move on? I enjoy Super Hero stories. In comics, movies, TV series, etc. I don't care for a lot of other comic genres. I realize that makes me seem immature to some folks. I could care less. Obviously, a great number of adult people enjoy these type of stories, based on current box office receipts. The fact that the Mego Museum has a comic section is, I would think, almost entirely due to super hero comics. That is the connection. Almost all of us here were fans of WGSH, and to some extent, the characters outside of the toys, in comics and or other media.One of the things I hate about the internet is how much doesn't come across.... I'm not trying to be judgemental with posts like this, and I DO agree with most of what you're saying; but I think it's sad how much stress stuff like this causes the older fans. I saw it years ago when I worked at the comic shop: people who aren't enjoying what should be fun. Folks who persist when they should move on. Sure you get attached to a decent character, but things change. They always have; hence the reboots every superhero has suffered thorugh over the decades. It's the nature of the beast when you deal with a perpetual character. But folks get too caught up in the negative.
The only part I disagree with.... and it's something I hear from a LOT of older fans.... is the idea that they somehow owe you for being a fan all these years. That part puzzles me 'cos I'd have hoped you were buying their stuff 'cos you enjoyed it.... not because of some moral imperative. And if you did enjoy it, then you got your money's worth. They don't owe you, you don't owe them. Which is why there's nothing wrong with a clean break if you're unhappy.
And I did enjoy what I bought. I wish I could now. I wish my son could leaf through more than a handful of modern comics without fear of him being exposed to some truly disturbing imagery and rather sadistic ideas. This on top of totally disregarding their history (which DC has never completely done, even after Crisis on Infinite Earths) has made their comics unreadable to me. I'm not alone. And as their new fans grow tired of the mismanaged mess of a line they have, guess who DC will try to win back then?