YMMV: The Death of Superman
- Hilarious in Hindsight: 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.
- Idiot Ball: 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 Justice League having multiple telekinetics at the time, nobody thought of simply picking him up.
- Like You Would Really Do It: Kill DC's practical Mascot permanently? Yeah, right.
MAX: "The Sacred Suspension of Disbelief, as far as death, had ended. 'Death of Superman' didn't kill Superman. It killed death."
- As Max Landis "educational parody film" The Death and Return of Superman explains, this wasn't really the attitude of comic book readers at the time. At the time, death wasn't something focused on in comic books, especially the main characters dying. As such, when The Cape himself died, it was a big thing for both readers and people who didn't even bother reading comics. What caused this trope, then? After it happened to Superman, every comic book with a dead character decided that it would be equally cool to return.
- Moral Event Horizon: The destruction of Coast City. Mongul and Cyborg Superman killed seven million people.
- Narm: The original cover◊ to The Death of Superman Graphic Novel looks painful and goofy compared to later releases.◊
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Because of the "Death Is Cheap" trope (whose former Trope Namer is "Comic Book Death"), this story is hard to take seriously today. However, it's believed to be the Trope Maker for Death Is Cheap, so at the time it was a big deal. Heck, it made the nightly news, at a time when Comic Books were believed to be culturally irrelevant.
- It was hard to take seriously at the time for comics fans, given that Never Found the Body predates the medium, and Jean Grey had already returned from the grave. Heck, even mainstream Superhero TV show pulled this stunt before such as The Six Million Dollar Man in the 1970s reviving the supposedly deceased Jamie Sommers for her own series, The Bionic Woman. Superman's death is the Trope Codifier.
- Tear Jerker: Comes with the territory. Watching Superman's last blows with Doomsday, as his friends, colleagues, and family watch helplessly, is truly heart breaking.