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COMIC LEGEND: The Death of Superman had an unusual way of counting down to the final issue.
As you may or may not have noticed, we’ve been counting down the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines of all-time (as voted on by the readers of Comic Book Resources).
The other day, we reached the Death of Superman on the list (check it out here). Reader Lynn J. wrote in to say that he/she (sorry, Lynn, your name is a bit non gender-specific) had heard that the storyline had some weird easter egg where you could tell which issue you were reading and
he/she Lynn wanted to know if that was true, sort of like the classic easter eggs Jim Aparo would put in Brave and the Bold issues to let you know who the guest star would be in the next issue.
The answer is SORT of true, Lynn, but maybe not the way you’re thinking of. I think I’ve actually written about this in the past with regards to the Death of Superman but here’s the deal.
There was nothing special about the first three parts of the Death of Superman storyline (Man of Steel #18, Justice League America #69 and Superman #75) but when they reached the final month of stories (at the time, there were four interconnected Superman titles, so they each got one week of the final month of the story), then they began a fascinating countdown sequence. I believe at the time the theory was that this would show how things were getting more and more intense as time went by. So anyhow, in the first issue that month, Adventure of Superman #497, Tom Grummett and Doug Hazlewood drew four panels on every page…
Then in Action Comics #684, Jackson Guice and Denis Rodier drew three panels on every page…
Then in Superman: Man of Steel #19, Jon Bogdanove and Dennis Janke drew two panels on every page…
And finally, Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding drew splash pages only in Superman #75…
Pretty cool idea.
Thanks for the suggestion, Lynn!
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