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Death of Superman

The Death and Return of Superman The books listed below are arranged in the order that they should be read. This is the full listing of issues, not just keys. You WILL NOT be able to see the non-key issues from this list in the actual database. They are specific to this category only. Check out the interesting facts and plot plotpoints on these featured issues

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  • 1st cameo appearance of Doomsday, his gloved fist punching a metal door with a caption that reads '...Doomsday Is Coming!'
  • *Doomsday is an ancient Kryptonian monster, bio-engineered to adapt to his environment and opponent
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  • 2nd cameo appearance of Doomsday, bones now protruding from the ripped glove of a fist that continues to punch a steel door with a caption that reads '...Doomsday Is Coming!'
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  • 3rd cameo appearance of Doomsday, a panel shows the opposite site of the door as the bone-spiked fist pierces through the steel with a caption that reads '...Doomsday Is Coming!'
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  • 4th cameo appearance of Doomsday, the mysterious fist succeeds in punching a hole through the steel door with a caption that reads '...Doomsday Is Here!'
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  • 1st full appearance of Doomsday, mostly obscured by a containment suit with one arm bound behind his back as he wreaks havoc across the countryside
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  • Battle of Doomsday vs the Justice League: Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Maxima, Fire, Ice, Bloodwynd
  • *Doomsday easily handles the Justice League members
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  • First battle of Superman versus Doomsday
  • *a short scuffle gives the first partial view of what Doomsday looks like beneath the damaged suit
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  • Second battle of Doomsday versus Superman
  • *if this issue were being scored the same as a boxing match, Superman would have won the round
  • *throughout this issue, the action occurs in four panels on every page and three panels in Action Comics #684
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  • Doomsday reaches the city limits of Metropolis
  • *every page of this issue has exactly three panels except the first page
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  • Doomsday is fully revealed in this issue after most of the suit has been destroyed
  • *throughout this issue, the action occurs in two panels on every page and one panel in Superman #75
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  • Death of Superman
  • Death of Doomsday
  • *every page of this issue is a full or double-splash page
  • *6 million copies sold - distributed in a black polybag with a bloody Superman logo, inside the bag was a black armband and an obituary
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  • Begins the Funeral for a Friend story arc
  • A number of DC heroes gather, wearing the same armband that was included with Superman #75
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  • ‘Funeral for a Friend' part 1
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 2
  • Cover art inspired by Action Comics #1
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 3
  • Lobo takes his anger out on the patrons of a space bar
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton give a speech at Superman's public memorial procession
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 4
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 5
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 6
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 7
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Auron
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 8
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  • Hannibal King, the vampire companion of Blade from Marvel Comics, pays his respects to Superman one month after Superman #75
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • One-shot team-up of Supergirl (Matrix) and Lex Luthor
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  • 1st cameo appearance of John Henry, later becomes Steel
  • 1st cameo appearance of Superboy, Conner Kent
  • 1st cameo appearance of Cyborg Superman, formerly Hank Henshaw
  • 1st cameo appearance of the Eradicator
  • *each of these characters claiming to be Superman were introduced in full in separate issues that all went on-sale on the same day
  • 1st appearance of Angora Lapin, later becomes White Rabbit
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  • 1st full appearance and origin of Steel
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  • 1st full appearance of Cyborg Superman, formerly Hank Henshaw who blames Superman for the loss of his wife and the mutilation of his human body
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  • 1st full appearance of the Eradicator, referred to as The Last Son of Krypton
  • Introduction of the Kryptonian Regeneration Matrix, the technology that would resurrect Superman
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  • 1st full appearance of Superboy, Conner Kent (Kon-El), the cloned combination of Superman and Lex Luthor's DNA
  • 1st appearance of Tana Moon
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in

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