Superman died. Well, for a little while. 25 years ago.
Running out of ideas for Superman, the DC Comics editorial team finally decided at a ‘Superman summit’ meeting in 1992 that they would stop joking about killing Superman and actually do it. The story made headlines across the world in newspaper and TV newscasts. It even became a punchline on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
So it was on Wednesday, November 18, 1992, that Superman #75 (with a cover date of January 1993) hit the newsstands and fans got to see the climactic final blows exchanged between Superman and his just-as-powerful new foe, Doomsday. Of course, Superman came back a few months later and we found out “death” for a Kryptonian is really just a months-long coma. But, hey, why dwell on that cheap cop-out from DC Comics and lessen the impact and nostalgic worth of this epic comic book moment?
Of course, being the 1990’s and all, there was a special polybag “memorial” edition of Superman #75 available in the comic book stores. The plain black bag featured nothing on the cover except that now iconic blood-soaked Superman logo and that’s all it needed. The cover was shocking, sad, and bleak to my young impressionable mind. Continue Reading