The Baron Re-Reads the Whole Death and Re-Birth of Superman Storyline

Yeah, I know, another thing that isn't a "timeline" as such, although it will involve time travel of sorts, back to the wild and woolly days of 1992, when dinosaurs walked the Earth.  I hadn't read the Superman comics much for years when this story was announced, but I decided to follow it for fun.  I knew they weren't going to really kill him off, but I was interested to see what they would do.  I started offf with....

 

Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (December 1992): "Doomsday! Part One"

Written by Louise Simonson, with art by Jon Bogdnaove and Dennis Janke.

 

This story has two threads interspersed with one another:

  1. Lois and Superman get caught up fighting a race of sewer people who want to take over Metropolis. Supes handles them fairly easily - this is just another day at the office for him.
  2. Doomsday punches his way out of a box, them establishes his bad-arsehood by crushing a birdie, then disrupting traffic and smashing a truck. The story ends with Oberon overhearing a police report about it, and deciding that this is a job for the Justice League! I'm sur ethey'll be able to handle it no problem!

 

An interesting slow build. If I hadn't of known that this was going to be the critter that was going to "kill" Superman, I wouldn't of suspected it from this. I sometimes think that they do themselves a disservice by hyping these stories the way they do. Think of how much more of a mind-blower it would of been if the "death of Superman" had been a surprise.

 

I wasn't overwhelmed by the art on this - it's not bad, just not very good, either.  I tell you, I liked liked Doomsday's initial "containment suit" look better than his later Cranky Grandpa Zombie on Terrigen-Enhanced Steroids look.

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Jeff of Earth-J said:

[Booster Gold's in it twice?]

 

 

Oh, for Fudd's sake...

 

Actually, I think the Hulk would've fought smarter.

Was the Hulk back to being grey at this time?

If I got a report that the Justice League just got beaten to a pulp (even if it's THIS JLA), I would have gotten reinforcements!

Where (and what) was Supergirl when this came out?

Like The Baron I always liked Doomsday's containment suit look better than what he really looks like.

I've never been a fan Jon Bogdnaove's art.

Philip said:

Where (and what) was Supergirl when this came out?

This would have been that Matrix thing and Lex Luthor's girlfriend.

...When was this ??? I'm interested ! I don't recall that at all .

doc photo said:

Although Steel and Superboy would receive their own titles, I would have liked to have seen all four of the pseudo-Supermen continue a bit longer before bringing back the original. I felt the same way a few years later when the four monthly Super titles featured versions of the character from four different time periods i.e. Man of Steel featured a "Golden Age" Superman, Adventures had a "Silver Age" version etc. Seems to me they missed an opportunity by returning to the status quo too quickly.

Thanks, Travis. God, I cringe when I think about a shapeshifting and sometimes male Supergirl hooking up with Lex!

Doomsday was designed to look menacing and, dare I say it?, "awesome" but the bony projectiles don't really work. They would get in the way, especially the ones by his eyes and the ones on his knees.

Superman should have just thrown him to Jupiter or somewhere else far away because he can't fly!



Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...When was this ??? I'm interested ! I don't recall that at all .

doc photo said:

Although Steel and Superboy would receive their own titles, I would have liked to have seen all four of the pseudo-Supermen continue a bit longer before bringing back the original. I felt the same way a few years later when the four monthly Super titles featured versions of the character from four different time periods i.e. Man ofSteel featured a "Golden Age" Superman, Adventures had a "Silver Age" version etc. Seems to me they missed an opportunity by returning to the status quo too quickly.

 

I used to have these comics somewhere, but I think I got rid of them.  There was a Golden Age story, a Silver Age story, and one featuring Klar Ken T5477 in the 30th Century.It was not to long after these stories, but I can't remember precisely when.

Here's the first of the "Golden Age" covers. This "split realities" storyline ran for three months through each of Superman's titles.

The Baron said:

It might have been interesitng if they had picked one of the four and set him up as Superman's "successor" for awhile, at least making a pretense of it, before inevitably bringing back Kal-El.

Wasn't that the supposed rationale for introducing these four?



ClarkKent_DC said:

The Baron said:

It might have been interesitng if they had picked one of the four and set him up as Superman's "successor" for awhile, at least making a pretense of it, before inevitably bringing back Kal-El.

Wasn't that the supposed rationale for introducing these four?

 

 

I always imagined that that was what we were supposed to think. I don't recall ever really beleiving that they were going to do so long-term.  I just think it would have been amusing if they had picked one and run with him for awhile to make us start wondering if they really weren't bringing the original back. I understand now that there's probably a bunch of legal reasons why they couldn't have done that, even if they wanted to.

Superman #73 (December 1992): "Countdown to Doomsday!"

Written by Dan Jurgens, with art by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.

 

The League continues to battle Dommsaday, mostly in this one family's house.  We meet Mitch, an obnoxious young punk who sneers at Superman. The League is largely taken out, and we end with Supes torn between chasing Doomsday and helping the family.

 

Yet another all-fight issue. I'd forgottne how drawn-out this story was.

The Adventures of Superman #497 (December 1992): "Under Fire"

Written by Jerry Ordway, with art by Tom Grummett (Lovely pencils, Grummett!) and Doug Hazlewood.

 

Supes saves the family and sees the Leaguers taken care of. He and Maxima battle Doomsday until Maxima accidentally blows up a gas station. We end with the Guardian arriving to see what's going on. I'd forgotten how much of a presence Cadmus was in these books.  Also, Jimmy Olsen had a Turtle-Boy TV show?

 

Again, OK, but endless all-fight issues tire me out faster than they used to.

Action Comics #684 (December 1992): "...Doomsday is Near!"

Written by Roger Stern, with art by Jackson Guice and Denis Rodier

 

Suoes pursues Doomsday through a Lex-Mart. Doomsday is attracted to Metropolis by a commercial for pro wrestling.   Supes tries to direct the fight away from people, it ends up in an abandoned tree city built by Cadmus. Doomsday gets away and heads towards Metropolis.

 

Two questions:

  1. When did Luthor become a long-haired cartoon Australian?
  2. Doomsday can read?  Wasn't he later revealed to be some sort of Kryptonian science fair project gone wrong?  How can he read English?

 

And so the all-fight theme continues.

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