Cover of Superman vol. 2, 75 (Jan 1993). Art by Dan Jurgens & Brett Breeding.
In this issue, we start off with our weekly dose of Geekly Happenings, followed up with a We Make It of the Death of Superman storyline from DC Comics. Next, in our Top 6 segment, we each give our top 6 movie weapons. We wrap things up in this issue with Shea leading us on a Watch This! of the new Battlestar Galactica.
About The Death of Superman
“The Death of Superman” is a 1992 comic book storyline that occurred in DC Comics‘s Superman titles. The completed multi-issue story arc was given the title The Death and Return of Superman.
In the story, Superman engages in battle with a seemingly unstoppable killing machine named Doomsday in the streets of Metropolis.At the fight’s conclusion, both combatants die from their wounds in Superman (vol. 2) #75 in 1992.
The crossover depicted the world’s reaction to Superman’s death in “Funeral for a Friend,” the emergence of four individuals claiming to be the “new” Superman, and the eventual return of the original Superman in “Reign of the Supermen!”
The storyline, devised by editor Mike Carlin and the Superman writing team of Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, and Karl Kesel, met with enormous success: the Superman titles gained international exposure, reaching to the top of the comics sales charts and selling out overnight. The event was widely covered by national and international news media. The storyline was adapted into a 2007 animated film, Superman: Doomsday.
The Death of Superman on Wikipedia
About DC Comics
DC Comics (founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications) is one of the largest and most successful companies operating in the market for American comic books and related media. It is the publishing division of DC Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary company ofWarner Bros. Entertainment, which itself is owned by Time Warner. DC Comics produces material featuring a large number of well-knowncharacters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Hawkman, the Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Robin, Supergirl, Batgirl, Plastic Man, and the Justice League; villains such as Lex Luthor, the Joker,the Riddler,and Catwoman; and the rest of the DC Universe.
The initials “DC” came from the company’s popular series Detective Comics, which subsequently became part of the company’s official name. DC Comics has its official headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. Random House distributes DC Comics’ books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market.
DC Comics and its major, longtime competitor Marvel Comics together share over 80% of the American comic-book market as of 2008.
About Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction franchise created by Glen A. Larson. The franchise began with the Battlestar GalacticaTV series in 1978, and was followed by a brief sequel TV series in 1980, a line of book adaptations, original novels, comic books, a board game, and video games. The reimagined miniseries Battlestar Galactica, developed by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, was first telecast in 2003, and this concept was continued with another Battlestar Galactica TV series telecast from 2004 to 2009. A prequel TV series, Caprica, began airing in 2010.
All Battlestar Galactica productions share the premise that in a distant part of our galaxy, a human civilization lives on a group of planets known as the Twelve Colonies, to which they have migrated from their ancestral homeworld of Kobol. The Twelve Colonies have warred for decades with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons, whose goal is the extermination of the human race.
The Cylon Empire offers peace to the humans, which proves a ruse. With the aid of a human traitor named Baltar, the Cylons carry out a massive attack on the home planets of the Twelve Colonies and on the Colonial Fleet of starships that protect them. These attacks devastate the Colonial Fleet, lay waste to the Colonies, and destroy their populations.
Scattered survivors flee into outer space aboard available spaceships. Of the entire Colonial battle fleet, only the Battlestar Galactica, a gigantic aircraft carrier of outer space, appears to have survived the Cylon conflagration. Later, it is discovered that another Battlestar, thePegasus, has also survived and fled into deep space under the command of Commander Cain (Admiral Cain in the reimagined series).
Under the leadership of Commander Adama, the Galactica and the pilots of “Viper” fighters lead a fugitive fleet of survivors in search of the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth.