"Doomsday!": Superman and Doomsday have their final confrontation in Metropolis. Each foe delivers crushing blows onto the other, never letting up on their opponent. Police and military vehicles converge on the
- It cannot end like this!
Synopsis for "Doomsday!"
Superman and Doomsday have their final confrontation in Metropolis. Each foe delivers crushing blows onto the other, never letting up on their opponent. Police and military vehicles converge on the scene, but the streets are in chaos. Superman gets a last kiss from Lois Lane, then charges into action, ready to bring down Doomsday no matter what.
The two combatants battle it out in front of the Daily Planet, at one point striking each other with such force that the windows on the Planet shatter. Eventually, Superman delivers a fatal blow to Doomsday, snapping his neck, but while receiving an equally deadly blow at the same time. Lois Lane rushes over to Superman's limp body and cradles him in her arms, begging him to hold on until the paramedics arrive. However, it is too late, and the Man of Steel fades in her arms.
Superman is dead.
Appearing in "Doomsday!"
- Superman (Dies)
- Lois Lane
- Jimmy Olsen
- Cat Grant
- Bloodwynd (Cameo)
- Ice (Cameo)
- Jonathan Kent (Cameo)
- Martha Kent (Cameo)
- Doomsday (Dies)
- Jimmy Olsen's Lexcam
- Shock Cannons
- Superman's Cape (Destroyed)
- Superman's Obituary
- Superman navigation number 1993/2.
- This issue is reprinted in the The Death of Superman as well as the 2016 edition trade paperbacks and Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years.
- This issue is loosely adapted in the 2007 Superman: Doomsday animated movie.
- This is the final chapter of the "Death of Superman" storyline. It leads into the follow up story, "Funeral for a Friend".
- Soon after publication of this issue, the "Death of Superman" storyline was adapted into a novel written by Roger Stern entitled, The Death and Life of Superman.
- The Bloodwynd that appears in this issue is actually the Martian Manhunter.
- The polybagged edition of this comic book included a black memorial armband, a Daily Planet Superman obituary (authored by Roger Stern), a series of Superman commemorative postage stamps and a "Death of Superman" poster by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding.
- Justice League member Booster Gold is credited with coining the name Doomsday.
- Every page of this issue consists of a single panel or splash page.
- The Marvel Comics character Hannibal King pays homage to the fall of Superman in an issue of Nightstalkers.
- The death of Superman was a subject of conversation on an episode of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jay Leno was seen wearing one of the Superman memorial armbands across his left arm.
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)
Links and References
Superman: The Man of Steel #19
Adventures of Superman #498
The events from this issue or series are related to The Death and Return of Superman, a retroactively named trilogy in which Superman is killed by the monster Doomsday. Later, four superheroes debut in Metropolis who claim or are assumed to be reincarnations of him—the Last Son of Krypton, the Man of Steel, the Man of Tomorrow, and Superboy. Meanwhile, Superman is brought back to life.
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