A sleek, sexy, Emmy-nominated 1990s take on the enduring superhero, culled from DC Comics, which has spawned numerous successful film and TV versions of him as boy and man. All of which further demonstrated that while Kryptonite can kill the Man of Steel, changing times can't. Here, leads Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher have the looks and the chemistry, and the timeless question (seriously, how can Lois NOT know Clark is Superman?) plays itself out until they find true love.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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“The Death of Superman” was an American comic book crossover event published by DC Comics in its Superman-related comics. The crossover was devised by editor Mike Carlin and the Superman writing team of Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway and Karl Kesel. “The Death of Superman” began in December 1992 and lasted until October 1993. It was published in Superman, Action Comics, The Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel, Justice League America, and Green Lantern. Since its initial publication, the story has been reprinted in various formats and editions. The crossover was conceived after Warner Bros. ordered the Superman writing team to halt production on a story in which Clark Kent (Superman) and Lois Lane would be married until the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman reached its wedding episode. While brainstorming for new ideas, Ordway jokingly suggested they should kill Superman; Carlin, reflecting on poor sales of the Superman books, decided it was the best option. “The Death of Superman” was written to surprise readers and show Superman is not invincible. “The Death of Superman” is divided into three parts. The first, “Doomsday!”, chronicles Superman's deadly fight with the bloodthirsty monster Doomsday and concludes with his apparent death. The second, “Funeral for a Friend”, depicts Superman's fellow superheroes and the rest of the world mourning to his death and Jonathan Kent's eventual heart attack. The final part, “Reign of the Supermen!”, sees the emergence of four individuals claiming to be Superman and the original Superman's return. When news broke that DC planned to kill off Superman, a beloved American pop icon, “The Death of Superman” gained unprecedented coverage from the mainstream media and caused a sensation. Issue #75, which features Superman's death, sold over six million copies and was the top selling comic book issue of 1992. Retrospective reviewers found the story powerful, but some commentators dismissed it as little more than a publicity stunt. The story has been repeatedly adapted into various forms of media, including two novelizations and a video game. A loose animated adaptation, Superman: Doomsday, was released in 2007. A second animated adaptation will be released as a two-part film in 2018 and 2019.
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As DC did not make the fact that Superman would be revived at the end public, many fans believed “The Death of Superman” had permanently killed Superman, a beloved American pop icon. Thus, the story attracted unprecedented coverage from the mainstream media; NPR reviewer Glen Weldon stated “news outlets like Newsweek, People, and New York's Newsday pounced upon the 'story.'” This sensation was partially caused by it being a slow news day. Mark Potts (The Washington Post) speculated the event was simply a publicity stunt, but nonetheless was interested what a world without Superman would be like. The story made the front page of Newsday. Details of the storyline hit the media before DC wanted them to and its publicists were not ready to talk about “The Death of Superman” when it appeared in Newsday. Saturday Night Live parodied “The Death of Superman” in the eighth episode of its 18th season. The sketch depicts Superman's funeral being attended by the cast of DC, as well as several characters from Marvel Comics. Black Lightning (Sinbad) tries to enter the funeral, but no one knows him even though he claims to have taught Superman how to fly. Jerry Siegel, who in 1961 had written a story featuring Superman's death, met with Carlin to tell him that he was very impressed by “The Death of Superman”. Gerard Jones speculated that the phenomenon may have been due in part to the poor ending to the relatively recent Superman film franchise. The attention caused “The Death of Superman” to become an unforeseen success. Comic book retailers ordered five million copies of Superman #75 in advance, and many people who had never read comics bought the issue in hopes of it becoming an expensive collector's item. DC shipped between 2.5 and three million copies of the issue when it was released on November 17, 1992 and it sold out across America. Some stores had one-per-customer limits on the issue to avoid mobs and lines of customers longer than a city block. Issue #75 brought in a total of US$30 million during its first day on sale and ultimately sold more than six million copies, making it the bestselling comic book issue of 1992. The month of release, sales from Superman #75 doubled DC's market share. The four bestselling issues of 1993 were Superman-related. The first installments of “Reign of the Supermen!” were within the top five bestselling comic books for the month. Each installment of the story received a second printing. Valiant Comics timed the release of Bloodshot #1 to the release of #75, and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1 to the release of The Adventures of Superman
500 to take advantage of the high traffic and boost sales. Both books
included fancy cover enhancements to attract customer's attention. However, many retailers say The Adventures of Superman #500 was the beginning of a decline in the comic industry. Retailers and distributors were stuck with unsold copies.
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