So as I’ve talked about a million times, The Death of Superman was part of an awesome storyline that I still love. The amazing thing was that not only did the death stick (for a time) but it wasn’t brought on by magic or Kryptonite. It was Superman literally fighting the monster to death! Nice to see the creators fight convention though you could argue that is even more preposterous.
Now of course, killing of Superman wasn’t THAT radical an idea. It’s been done before. What made this one work was the direction they took it. But I thought it would be fun today to talk about the other times in comics when Superman “died”. Now often it doesn’t get past a cover gag like these images :
Other times, the story will literally kill him. Only to either have it be undone or make it an “imaginary” story. But it seems real as we get a funeral and the works.
Here are five times Superman literally kicked the bucket (or at least seemed to).
I read this in the “Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told” trade and I have no idea why its there. Ok, let me start at the beginning. Back in the olden days DC would have “imaginary stories” where the creators did what they wanted with no ties to continuity. Sort of the precursor to Elseworld’s. In this Luthor appears to reform, until he double crosses Superman and literally kills him. We see him turn green from kryptonite poisoning and DIE. Man was this a depressing read! Of course it was fake, and written by Jerry Siegel himself so make of that what you will. Elsworld’s stories are famous for killing off as many regular characters they can, and Superman has died in lots of them from “Earth’s End” to “Kingdom”.