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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
  • 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!'
  • 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!'
  • 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!'
  • 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
  • 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 vs the Justice League
  • Battle of Doomsday vs the Justice League: Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Guy Gardner, Maxima, Fire, Ice, Bloodwynd
  • Doomsday vs the Justice League
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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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Doomsday reaches the city limits of Metropolis
  • Every page of this issue has exactly three panels except the first page
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Death of Superman
  • Death of Doomsday
  • Every page of this issue is a full or double-splash page
  • Six-million issues sold
  • Death of Superman
  • Death of Doomsday
  • Every page of this issue is a full or double-splash page
  • Six-million issues sold
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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
  • Begins the Funeral for a Friend story arc
  • A number of DC heroes gather, wearing the same armband that was included with Superman #75
  • ‘Funeral for a Friend' part 1
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 2
  • Cover art inspired by Action Comics #1 (1938)
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 2
  • Cover art inspired by Action Comics #1 (1938)
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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
  • '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
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 4
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 5
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 6
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 6
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Auron
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Auron
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 7
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 7
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' part 8
  • '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
  • 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
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • One-shot team-up of Supergirl (Matrix) and Lex Luthor
  • One-shot team-up of Supergirl (Matrix) and Lex Luthor
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  • 1st appearance of John Henry, later becomes Steel
  • 1st appearance of Superboy, Conner Kent
  • 1st appearance of Cyborg Superman, formerly Hank Henshaw
  • 1st appearance of the Eradicator
  • Each character was introduced briefly in this issue, then featured in their own individual issues thereafter
  • 1st appearance of Angora Lapin, later becomes White Rabbit
  • ✅ Nick's Picks: John Henry appears in armor in Superman: The Man of Steel #22
  • 1st appearance of John Henry, later becomes Steel
  • 1st appearance of Superboy, Conner Kent
  • 1st appearance of Cyborg Superman, formerly Hank Henshaw
  • 1st appearance of the Eradicator
  • Each character was introduced briefly in this issue, then featured in their own individual issues thereafter
  • 1st appearance of Angora Lapin, later becomes White Rabbit
  • ✅ Nick's Picks: John Henry appears in armor in Superman: The Man of Steel #22
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  • 1st appearance and origin of John Henry as Steel, in costume, previously appeared in Adventures of Superman #500 but not in costume
  • ✅ Nick's Picks: Steel and Natasha Irons will co-lead a new title called Steelworks in 2023
  • 1st appearance and origin of John Henry as Steel, in costume, previously appeared in Adventures of Superman #500 but not in costume
  • ✅ Nick's Picks: Steel and Natasha Irons will co-lead a new title called Steelworks in 2023
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  • First solo story featuring Cyborg Superman
  • First solo story featuring Cyborg Superman
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  • First solo story featuring Eradicator, referred to as The Last Son of Krypton
  • Introduction of the Kryptonian Regeneration Matrix, the technology that would resurrect Superman
  • First solo story featuring 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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  • First solo story featuring Superboy, Conner Kent (Kon-El), the cloned combination of Superman and Lex Luthor's DNA
  • 1st appearance of Tana Moon
  • First solo story featuring 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
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 1st appearance of Babe, a vampire
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Babe, a vampire
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 1st appearance of Myriad, an assassin with the power to absorb personalities
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Myriad, an assassin with the power to absorb personalities
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 1st appearance of Loose Cannon
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Loose Cannon
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 1st appearance of Sparx, a metahuman with the ability to manipulate electromagnetic field
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 1st appearance of Sparx, a metahuman with the ability to manipulate electromagnetic field
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • Resurrection of Superman
  • Debut of Superman's black suit, intended to aid in his regeneration
  • Resurrection of Superman
  • Debut of Superman's black suit, intended to aid in his regeneration
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • The Last Son of Krypton becomes the Eradicator
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • The Last Son of Krypton becomes the Eradicator
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
  • 'Reign of the Supermen' tie-in
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  • Final chapter of the 'Reign of the Supermen' story arc
  • Final chapter of the 'Reign of the Supermen' story arc
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  • 'Funeral for a Friend' epilogue
  • 'Funeral for a Friend' epilogue
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Superman: The Man of Steel #17 DC $2 $8 $20
Superman #73 DC $1 $3 $6
Adventures of Superman #496 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #683 DC $1 $5 $15
Superman: The Man of Steel #18 DC $1 $5 $18
Justice League America #69 DC $1 $2 $5
Superman #74 DC $1 $2 $5
Adventures of Superman #497 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #684 DC $1 $2 $8
Superman: The Man of Steel #19 DC $2 $8 $20
Superman #75 DC $1 $5 $15
Justice League America #70 DC $1 $2 $3
Adventures of Superman #498 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #685 DC $1 $2 $8
Superman: The Man of Steel #20 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman #76 DC $1 $2 $5
Adventures of Superman #499 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #686 DC $1 $2 $4
Legacy of Superman, The #1 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel #21 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman #77 DC $1 $2 $3
Nightstalkers #4 Marvel $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #688 DC $1 $2 $3
Supergirl and Team Luthor #1 DC $1 $2 $4
Adventures of Superman #500 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel #22 DC $1 $2 $5
Superman #78 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #687 DC $1 $2 $3
Adventures of Superman #501 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel #23 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman #79 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #2 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman Annual #5 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics Annual #5 DC $1 $2 $4
Adventures of Superman Annual #5 DC $1 $2 $3
Adventures of Superman #502 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #689 DC $1 $2 $8
Superman #80 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel #24 DC $1 $2 $3
Adventures of Superman #503 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #690 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel #25 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman #81 DC $1 $2 $3
Adventures of Superman #504 DC $1 $2 $3
Action Comics #691 DC $1 $2 $3
Green Lantern #46 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman: The Man of Steel #26 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman #82 DC $1 $2 $3
Adventures of Superman #505 DC $1 $2 $3
Superman #83 DC $1 $2 $3