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CBLR Spotlight on the Death of Superman

With the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Superman this month, I thought it would be a good idea to collect all of the various Comic Book Legends Revealed I have done over the years about the event into one place.

Enjoy!

How did the TV series Lois and Clark indirectly lead to the Death of Superman?

Did Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner nearly write the Death of Superman first?

Was DC really totally unprepared for how popular the Death of Superman would become?

Did the overwhelming popularity of the Death of Superman cause DC to push back Superman’s return?

Did Doomsday originally make his debut at the end of the Panic in the Sky crossover?

Did protests by mental health organizations cause DC to re-write Doomsday’s original origin of having escaped from an intergalactic asylum?

Was a doppelganger in a Superman one-shot by Walter Simonson originally going to be the explanation for how Superman returned from the dead after he died fighting Doomsday?

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20 years ago… and it feels like yesterday this took up News time. This and the change to Electric Superman I recall vividly reading in Newspapers back in the day.

when DC did new things with Superman, instead of doing the origin again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and

Michael reminds me that I need to feed my dog. He likes Kibbles and Bits and Bits and Bits and Bits and Bits and…I’m not even gonna cut and paste to continue this.

Thanks for compiling this, Brian. Such a watermark moment in comics, and I can’t believe 20 years have gone by! I’m so old!!!

Nice. The death of Superman was pretty much one of my first comic reading experiences, so I like rereading info about it. I remember loving Grummets art so hard! :) Looking at it now and realising each of the 4 newbies only got 4-5 issues each, nothing compared to todays standards – and still have so much going on! It makes me long for the days that not every storyline had to last 8 months to a year!!

Was Knightfall/quest/end after this? Because another article on that would be great! :)

It was right after, I remember Robin and Azrael wearing black barmbands with Supes’ logo during the prelude.

watershed moment not watermark moment…..Travis

Jeez, i can’t believe its been 20 years! that’s scary

I wasn’t much into comics until the Death of Superman stuff. I skipped Funeral for a Friend, but Reign of the Supermen had me hooked into comics for life. Honestly, I wish the mystery of who was the real Superman could have lasted a little longer, but seeing how some mysteries are drawn out beyond the point where anyone really cares these days (*cough* Red Hulk *cough*), it’s probably good that the mystery only lasted for four or five months.

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