"I really liked [the Death of Superman] storyline, but in retrospect the subsequent World Without a Superman stories were much better. The actual death of a character is a simple thing ultimately ... but the post-death stories of characters are always very emotional and complex. There was one story in the "Funeral for a Friend" arc where the Justice League answered Superman's [annual] Christmas requests, and it took all of them to accomplish what Superman could do in one night ... well written and very touching."-- Pat French
"The other "Replacement Supermen" have gone down in myth, but while all of that was going on there was an un-praised, hardly noticed at all, 5th Replacement Superman in the form of Bibbo Bibbowski. The thing that set Bibbo apart from the others was that he was the only truly normal man to try to fill Superman's shoes -- he wasn't a cyborg, a super-powered clone, or a Kryptonian war machine ... even Steel was an engineering genius -- no, Bibbo couldn't do much at all really, but he believed in enough in what Superman stood for to go out and try anyway." -- Elvis Dutan
"If you're actually willing to read a story in a single 1000-page hardcover, then this Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (978-1401238643) will see you right. It starts at Man of Steel #18 ... and goes all the way [through] Action Comics #692 (which is included in full for the first time, as is The Legacy of Superman), with covers for each issue included to boot. It looks damned fine on the shelf." -- Seb Patrick
From the Author
"The publicity came later, and then only because we'd come up with a (you'll pardon the expression) killer story. The word got out on a slow news day, and the media storm that followed was greater than anything we could have hoped for. But it was all thanks to the story's power.
"Doomsday smashing his way through a suburban Lex-Mart. Lois Lane cradling the fallen Superman in her arms. An enraged Lex Luthor breaking a chair over Doomsday's body. Bibbo Bibbowski kneeling in prayer on a barroom floor. The honor guard of Earth's super-heroes, following Superman's coffin through the streets of Metropolis. Jonathan Kent collapsing in a field. Lois and Inspector Henderson finding Superman's tomb empty. Coast City being wiped off the face of the Earth.
"Powerful stuff. And I got to see it all, long before you did.
"You see, each week, every Superman writer and artist received copies of each others' work in progress, so we could coordinate the stories for the [then] four monthly Super-titles. It was like a relay race, with the Man of Steel team handing the story off to the Superman team, who would pass the baton to the Adventures of Superman team, who would hand it off to the Action Comics team. Team-Action would then shoot the story to the Man of Steel team, and we'd start all over, always under the watchful eye of 'Coach' Carlin.
"I was so lucky to have worked with these wonderful, talented people. It's great to see our stories collected under one cover. For those of you reading them here for the first time, welcome.
"And for those of your who remember these stories from before, welcome back."
-- Roger Stern