The Neverending Battle
"The Death of Superman" was the biggest storyline of 1990s superhero comics. In terms of publicity, short-term impact, and long-term consequences, there’s no question.
But is it a good story? Well, that’s a bit more complicated.
In late 1992 the story got underway. It went like this: An indestructible mindless monster called Doomsday arrives on Earth, shreds the Justice League, and causes wonton destruction on a path to Metropolis. In Superman #75 (January 1993), which is presented in a series of epic two-page spreads, Superman battles Doomsday. He defeats the monster but dies from the wounds he sustains. This was met by a massive media frenzy, and the issue itself was polybagged with a black armband, a poster, and a facsimile Daily Planet obituary.
The creation of John Henry Irons also gave us the awful 1997 Steel movie, featuring Shaquille O'Neal
But the worst of it is that Superman came back with a
mullet, and we’ll never be able to unsee that.
Jokes aside, this particular illustration (by Tom
Grummett and Doug Hazlewood) is further evidence of giving fans what they think
they want in order to show them they don’t really want that. For all the recurring conversations about Superman’s irrelevance, what makes him great is that he doesn’t
have to change for the times. The whole point of Superman is that he’s an orphan, an immigrant, and adoptee with great powers who does the right things because they’re the right things. That
sort of thing doesn't go out of style in superhero comics, but it's good to have periodic reminders.