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

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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


"Superman faces Doomsday, a seemingly unstoppable monster. He is destruction, anarchy, and bloodshed incarnate. He cannot be reasoned with, he cannot be brought to account. As he carves an inexorable path of destruction toward Metropolis, leveling the entire JLA on his way with literally one hand tied behind his back, Superman must stop him. He can do nothing else other than be the force that stands between Metropolis and a monster. He must put himself between Metropolis and utter devastation, knowing what he faces" -- Colin O' Mahoney

"The Death of Superman went beyond a simple news story stuck on page three. In many cities it made the front page. People were interested in this ... Superman is one of the few characters that have an instant recognition factor for all generations. When we were told that Superman died, it meant something on a cultural level." -- Michael Bailey

"[The Superman team] took the nearly impossible and did it with a flourish and a gusto."  -- Neal Bailey

"One of the most famous comic-book stories of all-time, as the murderous creature known as Doomsday comes charging towards Metropolis with only Superman able to stop him. We know Doomsday means business because we see him tear apart the entire Justice League. Only Superman can save his adopted city and the woman he loves and he finds a way to save the day and kill Doomsday, but in the process, he gives up his own life. You don't get much more dramatic than actually killing off freakin' SUPERMAN." -- Brian Cronin

"Death of Superman actually got me into comics again after a lapse while in college sampling 'real life.' There will never [again] be superhero comics like that -- on the front page of the newspaper, on TV -- hunting down those issues in bookstores and malls was a quest. So there was a whole context  that made it very dramatic. And no matter what people may say now, there was a palpable fear that he wouldn't come back ... very surreal and cool." -- Brad Ricca

"The only comic that ever made me cry; the story is told superbly, the art is incredible, and the emotion is palpable. The final fight with Doomsday is amazingly captured, and I truly enjoyed the expanding panels throughout the series until that final issue where every page was a splash-page. The story was just that big and the expanding of the art helped to reflect that. If you've ever been a Superman fan then this is a must-read." -- Jamie Sigal,
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Superman (DC Comics)
  • Comic: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 14, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563890976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563890970
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 39 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 41 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 22, 2002
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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 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 3, 2007
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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 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1998
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Edmundson on November 5, 2003
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Death of Superman was a great comic series. I was glad the day I found all the comics combined in one book. It sure did save me a lot of money. It was split into like 6 different comics.
Death of Superman puts Superman up against a killing machine called Doomsday. Not much is known about the killer except for his love of destruction. He is destroying everything in his way and he's heading towards Metropolis.
The Justice League of America goes into action to stop Doomsday. They fail in the process. He beats the mess out of most them. Some hold there own better than others, but Superman comes to the rescue of some of them.
Once Superman starts fighting Doomsday it really picks up. It's some great drawing. Most of the shots are done in bigger squares and sometimes full pages of the comic. Mad props to all the artists and drawers who worked on this project.
The final showdown in Metropolis is great. I love it when there punching each other so hard the shock is shattering all the windows. It's sad to see the big guy go down when he finally takes Doomsday out, but it was kind of nice to see him get beat. However, his death is short lived which is a great thing because Superman is the best ever.
This book is definetly a must for all Superman fans.
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