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The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1

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Based on 9 critic ratings.

30 years ago, the unthinkable happened. The Man of Steel died. After sacrificing himself to stop the unstoppable global threat, Doomsday, Metropolis and the rest of the DC Universe mourned the loss of their greatest hero.

To mark this monumental moment in comics, DC has reunited the complete creative team behind the original event for four brand-new stories. Led by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding, the special kicks off with a new Superman story and villain… DOOMBREAKER!

Followed by a series of short stories revisiting some of Superman’s greatest allies and exclusive pinups done by some of comics’ greatest artistic talent including LEE WEEKS, GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, and WALTER SIMONSON.

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87 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    I strongly recommend getting this issue as it is the perfect companion piece to the Death event. Now I don’t see it skyrocketing to the value of being able to send your kids to college as we thought back then, but I can see it being highly sought after and being a pain to get on the secondary market. Plus, it’ll pair perfectly with the new Death of Superman Deluxe Edition that will come out in December of this year. I’m sure this sounds like a sales pitch for DC Comics, but I recommend getting a copy of the Polybag Variant, a regular copy of this special. I don’t want you to wait 20 years like I did to open a black polybag version of Superman #75, so don’t miss out!

  • 100

    Geek Dad

    Overall, all four of these stories are note-perfect, but the first Dan Jurgens tale might go down as an all-time classic.

  • 100


    Although it’s easy to overuse the term sometimes, this is nothing short of a love letter to a place and time, and to a character in that place and time. This Special is absolutely pitch perfect and fits seamlessly with the original events thirty years ago. A beautifully written and drawn companion piece to the original story. I enjoyed the writing and art in every story, but my favourite was that featuring Ma and Pa Kent. It really tugged on the heartstrings.

    Thirty years ago, we watched a Superman die. Thirty years later, it still resonates as much as it ever did.

  • 100

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    A beautiful way to add context to one of DC’s landmark moments in history. The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special focusses on the human impact of the Man of Steel through the people who know him best. What a stunning way to celebrate the anniversary!

  • 100

    Superman Homepage

  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 84

    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary

    It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the Death of Superman storyline. But it has been and DC decided to commemorate the occasion with an oversized one shot, appropriately named The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special.
    It is a wonderful book, bringing together the architects of that classic arc for several stories. The book is too big to cover all in one review so I’ll be covering the first (and longest story) by writer/artist Dan Jurgens with inker Brett Breeding.

  • 80

    For legions of fans who bought Superman #75 in 1992, Superman’s death was a key moment in DC’s history. The Doomsday! Story that concluded in “The Death of Superman” brought together numerous threads from throughout the half-decade since John Byrne reinvented the Superman mythology in The Man of Steel. This week’s The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special does its best to recapture the world of Superman in the days just before, and just after, Superman #75. The result is uneven, but a welcome trip down memory lane regardless, giving fans of the “Triangle Era” of Superman a lot to love.

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