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The Death and Life of Superman Paperback – October 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553569309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553569308
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Veteran comics writer Stern's novel about Superman's duel with a monster called Doomsday was a four-week PW bestseller.
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"Roger Stern not only [tells] the story of Superman's death and resurrection but also the entire Post-Crisis history of the Man of Steel, his world and his supporting characters. Stern breaks everything down into a manageable, easily digestible form. It's all there. Sure he makes some major and minor tweaks to the overall story but they all work for this version of the tale.  I really can't say enough good things about this book. If you have only read the comic-book version of the Death and Return you owe it to yourself to read this version as well." --Michael Bailey, fortressofbaileytude.com

"From the battle with Doomsday to the rebirth of the real Superman, Roger Stern's novel recaptures all of the adult enjoyment [and] the epic superhero fantasy that we all enjoy." -- Bennet Pomerantz  

"A thoroughly  entertaining ride."--The Tampa Tribune  And Times.

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Customer Reviews

All in all, this is a fun read that is highly recommended to any fan of Superman!
Timothy A. Coonfield
I bought a used version of this book, and it came to me in just the condition that was indicated on the page.
Sinister Serenade
I still have that book here right now and I really want to start reading it again..
Peter Papadopoulos

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
When DC Comics killed off Superman and and then resurrected him, the three storylines (Death of Superman, Funeral For a Friend, Reign of the Supermen) went from good, to excellent, to lackluster (in that respective order). Long time comic scribe Roger Stern turns all of that into one exceptional story that is a nonstop thrillride from beginning to end. It starts out when a mysterious hulk of a monster named Doomsday begins to destroy and kill anything and everything in his path, and naturally it's up to Supes to stop him. After he takes out the Justice League, Doomsday makes his way to Metropolis where he and Superman fight until both are dead. The next chapter picks up at a mass funeral for Superman where Stern's writing talent truly shines (the emotionative punch when Lois Lane sees and hears a woman claiming to have been Superman's secret wife packs a wallop), and culminates in the disappearance of Superman's body. The third story arc begins when four mysterious beings appear all claiming to be Superman (The Cyborg, The Eradicator, Steel, and Superboy), and when the true adversary is revealed, it is a nonstop fight to the finish culminating in the return of the true hero. As I said before this is a great read and it packs more emotion and action than any of the comics the story is taken from (it even flows so well that it could be used a screen play; hmmm...), and is a must own for comics fans or Superman fans alike.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Terrell on April 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Death and Life of Superman is an excellent novelization of a long series of comics originally published in 1992-93. Roger Stern does an great job of fleshing out the story and adding details that you just can't get from a comic book. I remember when these comics first came out they were almost impossible to get. There were several from the Doomsday battle that I never did get to read. Stern captures the spirit and feel of the comics perfectly. The only issue I had with this book was that it really started to drag halfway through. After Superman's death the plot seemingly stops while everyone grieves for dozens of pages. I know that everyone's reactions to Superman's death was a major focal point of the story, but it just really caused the novel to drag at that point. When the new 'Supermen' started appearing things picked up quickly. This lag was the only thing that stopped me from giving the book four stars. I highly recommend this to any Superman fan, or to anyone who enjoys a good action adventure novel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
Roger Stern's "The Life & Death Of Superman" is a thrilling, action-packed adventure that I enjoyed from the first page to the last. It's almost like watching a movie! This novel has all the great elements of a great story: Romance, action, bone-crunching battles, and thrilling drama. I recently read Cinescape and read how the Superman movie project has gone down the tubs. They should simply adapt this booK! Imagine the incredible movie this novel would be! All the characters here are really interesting and the storyline is complex, intelligent, and full of some dynamite action sequences. "The Death & Life Of Superman" is superior to the comic book series it is based on!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. F. Heim on May 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best books I have ever read. The main reason for that is because it is about Superman. I am a die-hard Superman fan, and I felt like I was atually living this book when I read it. When Superman died, I felt that there was a huge void in the world. What would a world be like without a Superman? I had read all of the comics as they came out. We've still got them in a box somewhere. It was very interesting to read the same story as a novel. It really draws the reader in. Even people who have never read the comics, and don't really care about Superman that much love this book. The idea of Superman appeals to everyone, and his death and the effects of his death are moving. Please read this book! You will not regret it. It is well written and sends you through the whole gamut of emotions. I can't say enough about this book and about Superman!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carmine Pascuzzo-Lima on March 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Was reading this novel equivalent to reading the comics? By no means. It was better. Why? Beyond the fact that IT IS A SUPERMAN BOOK, there goes some reasons: 1. An incredibly complete (yet concise)chronicle of the facts surrounding the death of Superman 2. A deep introspective study on the main characters: Why Superman cares?, What makes Steel tick?, etc. 3. As it was pointed out by other reviewers, this book has a lot of background: you do not have to know anything about anyone (I liked a lot the guardian's origin). If you are a Superman fan, you will enyoy the ride; if you aren't, you could become one for reading this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Papadopoulos on June 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Well my all time favourite book has to be "The Death and Life of Superman".
When I was young Superman was my "childhood hero", I wanted to be like him.. heck I even used to brush my hair like his when I was 5
I used to go outside and pretend to be him and fly around saving Metropolis (my background ). Anyway I remember I was around 11 and I was with my Grandma and we went to the shops and I bought the hard-back book "The Death and Life of Superman", I finally saw it in the store and couldn't believe my eyes.. I ran to my Grandma for money and after much persuasion I finally got it and my copy of the book
Anyway the book was around 400 pages and back then the biggest book I read was around 50 hehe and so the funny thing was I couldn't put this book down.. I kept on reading it and couldn't stop! I was addicted to it!
The story was just so breathtaking and I actually could picture the whole city after Superman died and all the new superheroes started showing up and I could picture myself there, with every little detail that the book described, it was much better then any other book I have ever read.
I still have that book here right now and I really want to start reading it again.. after 8 years I want to read it again.
Definitely a must get for any Superman fan!!
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