During the week of November 14–20, 1992, DC Comics Superman portrayed the cataclysmic death of Superman. In an epic, and ferocious battle Superman and super-villain Doomsday kill each other. Now, what would the world do without the man of steel?
The Story Overview
In Superman’s home town of Metropolis, his allies in the Justice League summon Superman’s help to fight a criminal their super weapons cannot destroy. They refer to this super-entity as Doomsday.
Superman comes to their aide and follows a trail of mass destruction left by Doomsday, while he waits for the opportunity to attack. When the occasion presents itself Superman attacks, and the two super-powers destroy each other and in the process reduce to rubble a section of Metropolis. Superman dies in the arms of his long-time acquaintance Lois Lane, a reporter from the Daily Planet a newspaper in Metropolis. (Superman and Lois Lane are a story unto themselves, but now is not the time to delve into it.)
Superman’s funeral was a lesson in overkill, if you’ll pardon the pun. Seemingly, the whole world comes to pay their last respects including Justice League members, many of his fellow super-heroes, and even some of the criminal element Superman subdued. The city of Metropolis builds a mausoleum where they bury Superman. During this time of mourning, many wore black armbands with the “S” logo emblazoned on it.
In probably less than a minute after Superman was in the mausoleum a scourge of crime arose throughout Metropolis, and the surrounding area. Superman imposters appeared, but those who new Superman the best, (yes, that included Lois Lane), exposed them as frauds. Finally, in an involved and intricate set of circumstances, instances, subplots and strange occurrences that could only happen in a comic book, Superman reappears. The explanation is he never died, but just entered this death-like stage so his body could heal itself after the fight with Doomsday.
The so-to-speak reincarnation of Superman left many new plots for DC Comics Superman to pursue, which they did. The first was while his body healed his grew to shoulder length, and he no longer appeared as the super-model of straightness he once depicted. He continued his crime fighting, but looked more hip as he subdued criminals. His hair remained long until he married Lois Lane. (Oops, the cat is now out of the bag.)
In addition, the story of Superman’s apparent death attracted a universal audience for DC Comics Superman, and led to an animated Superman motion picture in 2007.
The irony of this article is the idea of superman’s death emanated from an off the cuff remark. Warner Bros., who owned DC Comics Superman, had a Superman show on television, and future scripts included a Superman and Lois Lane wedding. When Warner Bros. found the comic book also planned to have Superman and Lois Lane wed, they told them to postpone the wedding until after it unfolded on television. This upset the comic book because scripts leading up to the wedding were already written, and would have to be rewritten. One of the DC Comics Superman writers said it would be easier to “kill him off.” Originally, the remark was laughed off, but later it made sense so they did.
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