Comics on Film: ‘The Death of Superman’ Gets It Right

In late 1992, something astonishing happened: the mainstream public became briefly obsessed with comic books.

With the publication of Superman (vol. 2) #75, DC Comics unleashed a behemoth and force of nature onto the city of Metropolis that could only see one being have any hope of standing in its way: the world’s greatest hero and Man of Steel, Superman. When the Last Son of Krypton stood against the creature known as Doomsday, the creative teams on the Superman comics titles put their best feet forward in turning what basically amounts to a four-issue fight scene into something that managed to be visceral, compelling and emotional.

That emotional weight only continued into the story that followed the eponymous death, “Funeral for a Friend.” The entire ordeal…
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