Graphic Novel Review: Death of Superman
5 Stars , Fiction , Graphic Novels , Latest Posts / June 13, 2013

About: Death of Superman is a collection of a one of the most famous storylines in recent comics history (1992). The comics were created by a myriad of artists including writers Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louse Simonson and Roger Stern and artists Jon Bogdanove, Jackson Guice and Tom Grummett. 168 pages Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition Language: English ISBN-10: 1563890976 My rating for Death of Superman – 5 Buy this graphic novel from Amazon.com* Thoughts: Death of Superman is basically an epic fight between Superman and Doomsday leaving the reader wanting for more with an open ending. As for story, well… Superman dies… it’s in the title and that’s basically it. There is no background to who or what Doomsday is but the book stays true to the Superman ideals: he never gives up and he is selfless (see Glen Weldon‘s book Superman: The Unauthorized Biography). This book is part one of a long and interesting Superman saga. If you buy this book make sure to also get World Without a Superman, The Return of Superman for an exciting read. The art in the graphic novel ranges from good to very-good, since this is a collection of single issues, drawn and inked…

Author Q&A with Glen Weldon
Author Q&A , Latest Posts / May 13, 2013

Glen Wel­don is a non-fiction book chron­i­cling the fic­tional his­tory of the Man of Steel in comic books, radio, TV, the­ater, music and movies. Mr. Wel­don is a con­trib­u­tor to NPR’s pod­cast Pop Cul­ture Happy Hour and author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography. Q. As you mentioned in your book, Superman is not “just” a hero, but also a symbol. This is not a marketing ploy but a status which the fan base bestowed upon him. Why do you think that is? A. Some of it comes down to timing: His status as the first true superhero sets him apart, ensuring that he’ll always be the ideal other heroes get measured against. He created an archetype that persists to this day. But if World War II hadn’t come along — which transformed him from an outlaw hero in the Batman/Shadow/Zorro mold to a patriotic symbol — who knows if he’d be seen as the icon he is today? People needed a hero to help them localize the anxieties of wartime — to show them that Good always triumphed. It’s a lesson that imprinted itself onto the collective consciousness of the country — and the world — and still hangs around….

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