Updated on 16 October, 2021
"The Death of Superman" is an ongoing comic book crossover event featured in DC Comics' Superman -related titles. The crossover, which originally began in writer Dan Jurgens and artist Steve Englehart, first began in December 1992 and ran for twenty-two issues. In the issue #2, titled "Reign Over Me," Superman died when General Maxwellius closed off the Phantom Zone, trapping Superman inside. Following this, Superman was placed in suspended animation where he could not move. Finally, Superman was killed when Brainiac crashed the plane where the two superheroes were flying to save Superman from another plane (the R.A.F. Force's helicopter was the supposed rescue ship).
Superman's death attracted a lot of controversy since most Superman readers believed that Superman's death was a sign that the beloved super hero was no longer among them. Others, such as future Superhero icon Superman: The Animated Series creator Robert Downey Jr., were glad that Superman had passed. Downey jokingly said, "There's only one sure way to lose your sense of humor: quitting." He later added, "You've got twenty more years to prove yourself."
Since the death of Superman, there have been a number of different writers and artists devoted to writing Superman stories. The majority of these characters have been featured in various different titles over the years. Some of these are written by outside contributors such as Greg Pak and Bill Finger. Other comics writers who have worked on various titles are Frank Miller and Bill Finger.
Most Superman stories focus on the trials and triumphs of these iconic superheroes. Death Of Superman, however, gives the character some well-deserved spotlight as he battles both dark villains such as Metallo and his own dark rival, General Zod. These recurring characters provide the book's humor and appeal to both adults and children. In particular, Superman's nemesis, Parasite, serves as a constant thorn in Superman's flesh that is ironically, Superman's greatest nemesis.
While the Death of Superman comic may not make as much money as other Superman comic titles, it has had more than its share of loyal fans. It has proved popular among people from all age groups. One reason for this is that while adult Superman fans will likely enjoy this tale, there is also a number of younger fans who seem to be especially taken with the death of Superman. It is interesting to note that even young boys seem to have a great liking for this comic. Even the fans who grew up reading Superman comics are often reminded of this classic storyline.
Many Superman fanatics argue that while Superman did die in the Death of Superman comic, he was actually killed and resurrected three different times throughout the course of his life. They point out that while Superman died in the Death of Superman comic, he was actually put into suspended animation before being sent back to "the big blue sky." Then he was brought back to life by the Miracle Man. Finally, when he was revived he was sent to live amongst the superheroes once again. Thus he was brought back into the public eye after being dead for all those years.
The Death of Superman comic has also created a number of long-running storylines. A particularly interesting one is the Secret Wars storyline where two versions of Superman fought amongst themselves over which was "real" Superman and which was "anime." This was a fascinating storyline that has stayed true to the spirit of the original comics while still bringing in elements of storytelling that would be found in modern Superman comics. Another fascinating storyline that was not related to the Death of Superman comic but was popular with Superman fans was the "Action II" series where a mysterious sleeper virus caused the Death of Superman to occur.
The Death of Superman comic was a tremendous success. Although the Death of Superman movie appeared a few years later, it is still well worth reading today. It remains one of the best comic book stories ever told. It's worth your time to check out this classic story.