History YMMV / TheDeathOfSuperman

10th Sep '17 6:05:05 PM Jacob175
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* GenreTurningPoint: Part of the reason that this comic was so important was that, for better or for worse, writers realized that they could kill off a major character and just bring them back later. Starting with this, DeathIsCheap has become so prevalent in comics that it's almost impossible to take any death seriously.
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* FranchiseOriginalSin: This story is the TropeCodifier for the modern overuse of DeathIsCheap in comic books: a story in which the major superhero of the DC universe dies and is brought back over the course of a major storyline. However, back then, killing Superman was actually ''shocking'' to the audience because it hadn't been done to death yet (previous examples were rare and usually not planned), created immense EmotionalTorque, and the Reign of the Supermen was a brilliant takedown of the NinetiesAntiHero. It's still a classic of comic book storytelling and a point of light in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, but it also [[FollowTheLeader set such a trend]] for future {{Character Death}}s that the comic book afterlife had to have a revolving door installed.
* GenreTurningPoint: Part of the reason that this comic was so important was that, for better or for worse, writers realized that they could kill off a major character and just bring them back later. Starting with this, DeathIsCheap has become so prevalent in comics that it's almost impossible to take any death seriously.
seriously.
* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:



* IdiotBall: Doomsday may be really tough, but he also presented absolutely no threat if he couldn't get within arm's reach of anything. Despite the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} having multiple telekinetics at the time, nobody thought of simply picking him up. Granted it probably wouldn't have worked since Doomsday was made unstoppable but point for trying.

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* IdiotBall: Doomsday may be really tough, but he also presented absolutely no threat if he couldn't get within arm's reach of anything. Despite the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} having multiple telekinetics at the time, nobody thought of simply picking him up. Granted it probably wouldn't have worked since Doomsday was made unstoppable but point points for trying.



** It was hard to take seriously at the time for comics fans, given that NeverFoundTheBody predates the medium, and ''ComicBook/JeanGrey'' had [[OlderThanTheyThink already returned from the grave.]] Heck, even mainstream {{Superhero}} TV show pulled this stunt before such as ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' in the 1970s reviving the supposedly deceased Jamie Sommers for her own series, ''Series/TheBionicWoman''. Superman's death is the TropeCodifier.
* TheWoobie: ComicBook/LoisLane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dying while still determined to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story's focus is on actions, poor Lois's grief and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman who crop up later in the story.

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** It was hard to take seriously at the time for comics fans, given that NeverFoundTheBody predates the medium, and ''ComicBook/JeanGrey'' had [[OlderThanTheyThink already returned from the grave.]] Heck, even mainstream {{Superhero}} TV show shows pulled this stunt before such as ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' in the 1970s reviving the supposedly deceased Jamie Sommers for her own series, ''Series/TheBionicWoman''. Superman's death is the TropeCodifier.
* TheWoobie: ComicBook/LoisLane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dying while still determined to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, civilians, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at in this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story's focus is on actions, poor Lois's grief and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman who crop up later in the story.
21st Mar '17 6:18:29 AM ThallianGold
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** Lana Lang and the Kents were also this, as they had to keep secret Superman's real identity after he died. Superman was known to be dead, but Clark wasn't.
19th Mar '17 11:27:01 PM MisterCPC
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* HarsherInHindsight: At the end of the ''Justice League America'' tie-in to "Funeral for a Friend," Booster Gold sits by the comatose Blue Beetle's hospital bed and prays for his recovery after seeing the other heroes all paying tribute to Superman, hoping he won't have to go through another hero's death immediately after, especially if it's his best friend. 13 years later Booster really would end up mourning Blue Beetle after Max Lord put a bullet through Beetle's skull in ''Countdown to Infinite Crisis''.

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At the end of the ''Justice League America'' tie-in to "Funeral for a Friend," Booster Gold sits by the comatose Blue Beetle's hospital bed and prays for his recovery after seeing the other heroes all paying tribute to Superman, hoping he won't have to go through another hero's death immediately after, especially if it's his best friend. 13 years later Booster really would end up mourning Blue Beetle after Max Lord put a bullet through Beetle's skull in ''Countdown to Infinite Crisis''.Crisis''.
** The Toyman's appearance during "Funeral for a Friend" where he's shown to be mourning Superman's death by noting how [[FriendToAllChildren he always looked out for kids]], in light of his next appearance shortly after the whole "Death of Superman" saga ended which controversially re-imagined him into an AxCrazy child murderer.


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** During ''Adventures of Superman'' #502 Luthor comments on how he and Superboy are more alike than he thinks. Guess who Superboy later turns out to have part of his DNA cloned from in addition to Superman?
5th Mar '17 9:53:30 PM MisterCPC
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* HarsherInHindsight: At the end of the ''Justice League America'' tie-in to "Funeral for a Friend," Booster Gold sits by the comatose Blue Beetle's hospital bed and prays for his recovery after seeing the other heroes all paying tribute to Superman, hoping he won't have to go through another hero's death immediately after, especially if it's his best friend. 13 years later Booster really would end up mourning Blue Beetle after Max Lord put a bullet through Beetle's skull in ''Countdown to Infinite Crisis''.
3rd Feb '17 11:34:18 AM Larkmarn
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* GenreTurningPoint: Part of the reason that this comic was so important was that, for better or for worse, writers realized that they could kill off a major character and just bring them back later. Starting with this, DeathIsCheap has become so prevalent in comics that it's almost impossible to take any death seriously.
14th Jan '17 2:44:42 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheWoobie: Lois Lane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dies while still determine to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story focus is on actions, Lois's grieve and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman crop up later in the story.

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* TheWoobie: Lois Lane. ComicBook/LoisLane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dies dying while still determine determined to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story story's focus is on actions, poor Lois's grieve grief and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman who crop up later in the story.
19th Sep '16 2:25:35 AM Tron80
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* TearJerker: Comes with the territory. Watching Superman's last blows with Doomsday, as his friends, colleagues, and family watch helplessly, is truly heart breaking.
19th Sep '16 2:21:51 AM Tron80
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* HeartwarmingMoments: During ''A World Without Superman'', {{Batman}} intercepts a terrorist who wanted to blow up the funeral, and stated that in honor of his fallen friend, he was playing it by ''Superman's'' rules.
* HilariousInHindsight: During "Reign of the Superman" a fan commented in his letter that "It's amazing how far comics have come in twenty years. Then Doomsday would have been some monster thrown from Krypton or something". When Doomsday's origin was eventually revealed, it turned out comics actually hadn't changed that much.

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* HeartwarmingMoments: During ''A World Without Superman'', {{Batman}} intercepts a terrorist who wanted to blow up the funeral, and stated that in honor of his fallen friend, he was playing it by ''Superman's'' rules.
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During "Reign of the Superman" a fan commented in his letter that "It's amazing how far comics have come in twenty years. Then Doomsday would have been some monster thrown from Krypton or something". When Doomsday's origin was eventually revealed, it turned out comics actually hadn't changed that much.



-->'''Max Landis:''' "The [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Sacred Suspension of Disbelief]], as far as death, had ended. 'Death of Superman' didn't kill Superman. It killed ''death''."

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-->'''Max --->'''Max Landis:''' "The [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief Sacred Suspension of Disbelief]], as far as death, had ended. 'Death of Superman' didn't kill Superman. It killed ''death''."



** It was hard to take seriously at the time for comics fans, given that NeverFoundTheBody predates the medium, and [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey]] had [[OlderThanTheyThink already returned from the grave.]] Heck, even mainstream {{Superhero}} TV show pulled this stunt before such as ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' in the 1970s reviving the supposedly deceased Jamie Sommers for her own series, ''Series/TheBionicWoman''. Superman's death is the TropeCodifier.

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** It was hard to take seriously at the time for comics fans, given that NeverFoundTheBody predates the medium, and [[ComicBook/XMen Jean Grey]] ''ComicBook/JeanGrey'' had [[OlderThanTheyThink already returned from the grave.]] Heck, even mainstream {{Superhero}} TV show pulled this stunt before such as ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' in the 1970s reviving the supposedly deceased Jamie Sommers for her own series, ''Series/TheBionicWoman''. Superman's death is the TropeCodifier.



* TheWoobie: Lois Lane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dies while still determine to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story focus is on actions, Lois's grieve and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman crop up later in the story.

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* TheWoobie: Lois Lane. Watching the man she loves fighting and dies while still determine to recording the fight is hard enough, but what made her cross into this territory is that, unlike the other heroes and civilains, she is both completely powerless to do anything and, at this storyline, knows both Superman and Clark Kent. While the story focus is on actions, Lois's grieve and pain is detailed very clearly, especially with the four new Superman crop up later in the story.story.

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28th Apr '16 1:33:33 PM AnotherGuy
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* HeartwarmingMoments: During ''A World Without Superman'', {{Batman}} intercepts a terrorist who wanted to blow up the funeral, and stated that in honor of his fallen friend, he was playing it by ''Superman's'' rules.
10th Apr '16 11:28:56 AM chasemaddigan
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** During his fight with Doomsday, Superman muses that he would suspect Luthor was responsible for creating Doomsday if he were still alive. Sure enough, Luthor ended up being the one who created Doomsday in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.
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