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Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Death of Superman

Title: The Death of Superman

ISBN: 1563890976

Price: $4.95

Publisher/Year: DC, 1993

Artist: Jon Bogdanove, Tom Grummett, Jackson Guice, Dan Jurgens

Writer: Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern

Collects: Superman: The Man of Steel #17-18, Superman 73-75, Adventures of Superman #496-497, Action Comics #683-684, Justice League America #69

Rating: 2.5/5

Before the death of Superman, comic books didn’t make the news. I remember when the original Superman #75 was released, the news covered it like it was today’s royal wedding. This was the first major epic storyline of the modern day comic book. Superman was a household name synonymous with “truth, justice and the American way.” Who or what could kill Superman?

In a word: Doomsday.

A creature that could walk through the Justice League of America and still have enough stamina to deliver a beat down to Superman that nobody would ever forget. Where did it come from? Who created it and for what purpose? Unfortunately, those questions aren’t answered in this trade.

It’s a fair read, and for the original price, it’s well worth adding to your collection. I’m sure you can find it at your LCS or even a used bookstore. The art takes you back to the days before the internet, Facebook and especially Bryan Singer's awful movie. In some respects, those were the good old days.

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