Remembering ‘Death of Superman,’ 30 years later


From the Nov. 9, 2022, “Speeding Bulletin” for Speeding Bullet Comics

One of the biggest days in comics history happened 30 years ago, when DC Comics presented “The Death of Superman”! I remember working at the comic shop that day — The Archives in Norman was the predecessor of Speeding Bullet Comics, and there was a line out the door like a Free Comic Book Day! (Of course, Free Comic Book Day didn’t exist yet!) It was one of the biggest days in store history, and one I’ll likely always remember! After the Justice League was defeated by the monstrous Doomsday, it’s up to Superman to draw the line and save the people of Metropolis from destruction.

I interviewed Dan Jurgens a few years ago, and asked him about The Death of Superman storyline. He said:

“The Death of Superman” is still something that resonates to this day. …

It’s an era that is still remembered quite fondly by fans. Almost any time I make a personal appearance I am told by one person, usually more, that it’s what got them into reading comics.”

Fans can return to that halcyon era with this week’s 30th anniversary special!

The following description is from DC Comics:

The Death of Superman: 30th Anniversary Special

Thirty years ago, the unthinkable happened. The Man of Steel died. After sacrificing himself to stop the unstoppable global threat, Doomsday, Metropolis and the rest of the DC Universe mourned the loss of their greatest hero. To mark this monumental moment in comics, DC has reunited the complete creative team behind the original event for four brand-new stories. Led by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding, the special kicks off with a new Superman story and villain…DOOMBREAKER! Followed by a series of short stories revisiting some of Superman’s greatest allies and exclusive pinups done by some of comics’ greatest artistic talent including LEE WEEKS, GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, and WALTER SIMONSON.

Art from the “Death of Superman” 30th anniversary special. [DC Comics]

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