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The Death of Superman has been referenced in:

  • An episode of Blossom has Joey talking to God. God offers to turn back time for Joey, who says "I thought only Superman could do that." God's response? "He stole it from me. That's why I killed him." Took place soon after Death of Superman made news.
  • Dragon Ball Z (which borrowed heavily on the Superman mythos): Goku was killed off at the conclusion of the Cell Saga with the intention of ending the series there and implying a Changing of the Guard. (Executive Meddling resulted in a bringing the character back.)
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  • Shortpacked!: Resident Jerkass Mike makes a joke about the then-recent death of Pope John Paul II, referencing the Reign of the Supermen.
  • This The Non-Adventures of Wonderella comic
  • FoxTrot: Jason and Paige draw mean comic strips about each other, including strips saying the other caused Superman's death.
    Paige in Jason's strip: He saw me in a bathing suit.
    Jason in Paige's strip: I told him we were related.
  • "Superman's Song", by the Crash Test Dummies, is essentially a eulogy to the fallen hero, although the song was released a full year before the Death of Superman storyline even took place.
    Superman never made any money
    For savin' the world from Solomon Grundy
    And sometimes I despair
    The world will never see another man like him.
  • Parodied in a Deadpool storyline called "Funeral for a Freak", some ten years after the event, where Deadpool haunts his own funeral as his cast of characters attend.
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  • The Max Landis "educational parody film" The Death and Return of Superman, which summarizes the events of the series using several famous actors and singers (including Elijah Wood, Ron Howard and Mandy Moore), along with an overview of why the storyline failed.
  • Knightfall, a Batman storyline that was an attempt to replicate the success of the Superman franchise.
  • The very first issue of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), which was heavily comedic, had a Top Ten List with #1 being listed that Sonic "wouldn't be dying anytime soon (but you should still buy multiple copies anyway)" which was represented with a parody of the scene of Lois Lane crying over Superman's dead body with Princess Sally Acorn replacing Lois and Sonic replacing Superman.
  • The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Hercules, when Hercules first appears:
    Joel: Hey, Hercules, gotta match?
    Servo: Not since Superman died.
    • The episode featuring The Creeping Terror has Crow respond with a complaint in a letter about Superman being a "graphic novel" and not a "Comic Book" with "Superman's dead..."
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  • In Supergirl storyline "Girl Power", the Girl of Steel fights Lex Luthor and directly references her cousin's death, wondering if this'll be "her" Doomsday.
  • Subverted with "Superman's Dead", a song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace: despite the title, vocalist Raine Maida claims it is based on the content television broadcasts to children and what they watch on it - "the dark expectations that are garnered from media images".
  • The storyline inspired the Crash Test Dummies song "Superman's Song", a harrowing ode to the Man of Steel.
  • In The Angry Video Game Nerd episode "Superman 64 Returns!", the Nerd heads off to the Fortress of Solitude for flying lessons (which doesn't pan out quite well). When he returns, he finds four replacement Nerds made up to look like Superboy, Eradicator, Cyborg Superman and Steel. The Nerd complains about being replaced so quickly before shooing the lookalikes away.


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