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Death of Superman (Superman (DC Comics)) Comic – Color, April 14, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Superman (DC Comics)
  • Comic: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (April 14, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563890976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563890970
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Death of Superman was a 1992 stunt that turned out to be DC's bestselling Superman comic ever. The massive 11-issue crossover among four different series (Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel, Action Comics, and Justice League of America) introduces an unstoppable alien named Doomsday who creates a path of destruction on his way to the heart of Metropolis and whom Superman must stop at any cost. It's of interest as a milestone of the Superman mythos (though of course the outcome didn't last), but casual fans might be underwhelmed by the unfamiliar villain and the unfamiliar Justice League (with Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, and other minor heroes rather than the traditional lineup), the drawn-out story (by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern), and the ordinary art (by Jurgens, Jon Bogadanove, Tom Grummett, and Jackson Guice). --David Horiuchi

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Customer Reviews

Great story, well-written, well-drawn.
Diane Norton
I've seen Superman get the living heck beat out of him countless times, but he never seemed to die.
A Child Without An Eye
I'm honestly not a fan of Superman but my friend told me I had to read this comic.
Laura Marie

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Mcgraw on September 18, 2005
Format: Comic
To begin, it should be noted that 'The Death of Superman' is not a complete story. It is the first part of a story that ended many volumes and several years later in another Superman story called 'Hunter/Prey'. Technically this volume should be read first, followed by 'World Without a Superman', then 'The Return of Superman' and finally as I stated earlier, 'Hunter/Prey'.

Also of interest if you liked these stories would be the earlier Superman issues which establish the origins of Hank Henshaw, aka Cyborg Superman, who appears in 'World Without a Superman' and 'Hunter/Prey'.

Basically if you read this book alone, it will be nothing more than a very long fist fight between Doomsday and Superman with a bunch of questions left unaswered, which seems to be a complaint of many reviewers here; the story doesn't move very far and doesn't really have that much story present.

It's a valid complaint since this is all you're getting if you buy this book here, but it should be known that if you're willing to invest the money in all the books, you'll be treated to one of the most epic and interesting Superman stories ever told. For instance the villian Doomsday, who seems like little more than an evil Hulk rip-off in this story, gets established with a unique and sorrowful origin by the end of the series (I won't give away any details other than to say that he is sort of like an abused child to the hundreth power) which might actually make you feel sorry for him. And the Cyborg Superman is one of the vilest and most dangerous villians Superman has ever faced.

I do recommend this book. Just remember; if it seems incomplete when you finish it, it's because it is!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 22, 2002
Format: Comic
I was never really into Superman when I was a kid, or any DC Comics character other than Batman and Green Lantern for that matter (I was always a Marvel faithful), but when I heard that Superman was going to be killed, it was a big event in comics history. Here we see a monster named Doomsday, who escapes from his confines and begins to wreak havok across the country leading up to Metropolis. He kills and destroys everything in sight, and he totally decimates the Justice League, leaving only one thing between him and Metropolis: Superman. In quite possibly one of the best ongoing battles in comic history, they both duke it out until neither is left standing, I mean we get to see Superman bloodied, battered, beaten, and eventually dead. The heart of this collected edition is we get to see how far Superman goes to protect the innocent and preserve life, we all hear about that being a hero's vow in comics, but to see it actually illustrated is something different. All in all, if you want to read a good comic story that would lead up to one of the greatest returns in the history of comics, then this should be right up your alley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 3, 2007
Format: Comic
I finished this comic book in 15 days and it was an exciting story about superman's death.Although you might want to buy this book because it's a really good story and tells about how superman died.It was kind of a sad story at the end part because it says:''For This Is The Day--That A Superman Died.''and it's kind of sad and even a superman fan won't appreciate that.I was going to get World Without A Superman after reading Death of Superman,but the one of the most superman comic books I wanted to read was The Return of Superman because I want to know how he came back.Anyways,this comic shows a lot of action,which I became interested in buying this book because a lot of people say that this was the biggest event that happened to superman and it became known as the best-selling graphic novel of all time!It really was a great story either superman fan or not,you should really read this book,it is such a good story and as you read this book,you'll become interested in reading more in this comic book like I did.It's worth the buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Comic
Collects the Doomsday storyline that ran in the Superman comics. One of the hardest hitting comic stories of the 90s. This one reminded us why we Superman is still the premier superhero of them all. Not in many occasions has Superman fought harder in his whole life than in this story. Because of his superpowers we never could see the one moment when he is ready to sacrifice his life to save others. Here we find out. There were so many moments in this book: the fall of the Justice League, the efforts made to stop Doomsday, and the death of the Man of Steel. There were a few things that disappointed me and that's because for most of the story, it's just Superman and Doomsday slugging it out. I had wanted to see Superman save more people, see him pushed even more to his limits than he ever realized and a better "deal the final blow" to stop his enemy. But this is all a prelude to some of the best Superman stories ever told. :)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Houzet on July 27, 2004
Format: Comic
This is still one of the biggest stories in comics publishing. I remember the media event this storyline was in 1992, with regular newspapers announcing that DC was going to kill the Man of Steel. I anticipated it months before the comics came out. As it was, I scrounged around half a dozen newsstands trying to get all the issues (no comics shops where I grew up). I missed a few parts, but I got the final part of the battle where Superman dies. It moved me like few comics stories do. I really cared for Superman since John Byrne revamped the character in 1986. He was a more vulnerable, human character with more interesting stories.

At this time in his career, Superman had just joined and become leader of a new Justice League, post DeMatteis and Giffen. His colleagues in the JLA; Bloodwynde (Martian Manhunter), Guy Gardner, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle among others all join Superman to stop this immensely powerful Doomsday character who is wreaking destruction all the way to Metropolis after breaking out of some secret prison. Doomsday's origins and motives are not revealed in this story (see Hunter/Prey), but the mystery of this character works here. After Doomsday swats aside the rest of the JLA like they were nothing, he and Superman fight to a bloody stalemate. This is the most punishment Superman has ever taken in his life and it shows. Of course, you know he dies. But he manages to take out Doomsday first.

This trade paperback was valuable in filling in the gaps in my single issue collection. It's worth buying.

The online debates about Doomsday just being a copy of the pre- Peter David Hulk raged for years after this story, as well as who was stronger in either comics universe. Let me just remind all the Marvelites out there: Doomsday would rip Hulk a new one. ;)
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