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The Death and Life of Superman

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  3,863 ratings  ·  89 reviews
"Superman-dead!"--The DailyPlanet. On November 18, 1992, news ofSuperman's death shocked the world as the legendaryMan of steel was killed defending Metropolis fromthe monster called Doomsday. Here at last is thedramatic story behind the best-selling comic bookof all time: the fates of Clark Kent, Lois Lane,Ma and Pa Kent, the Justice League, and the reignof the four super ...more
Paperback, 527 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Spectra (first published August 1st 1993)
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The novelization of an epic journey

Don't worry, I have you!

It shocked me this quote on the book since it took me back to 1979 when I was like 6 years old and I went to a local cinema theater to watch Superman, the movie with Christopher Reeve. (Yes, I know that the film was premiered on 1978, but on those sweet old times, a synch global premiere was something that you didn't even dream about, in Latin American countries, we used to wait several months, even sometimes a year to watch a movie
Benjamin Thomas
Wow, this one really surprised me! I must first confess to not being a huge Superman fan. I don’t dislike him so much as simply tend to prefer superheroes that are more human-like and use brains and gadgets to become super. Ironman, Batman, or, even better, the pulp heroes of yesteryear like Doc Savage are more to my taste. (And the Hulk. Can’t help but love Hulk). But Superman…nearly indestructible…tends to be boring for me.

I also remember back in 1992 when the announcement came that DC Comics
I have ambivalent feelings concerning The Death and Life of Superman. I very much enjoyed many things! Doomsday, the build up to the appearance of the pseudo Supermen, and the return of the Hero that cannot be slain (in either body or spirit) were all absolutely fantastic. It was great to see the world miss Superman so earnestly, though I wished the author would have conveyed the mourning in a brusquer manner. Regardless, the extravagant amount of time spent showing the reader how much the world ...more
Katie Abbott Harris
First let me say that my husband talked me into reading this book; I generally do not enjoy superhero fantasy novels. I've never been a reader of comic books, and other than film adaptations, my prior knowledge of Superman was practically nil. The story begins with a brief background of Superman, including his arrival on Earth, his life, loves, and death at the hands of Doomsday. The majority of the book focuses on the time after his death, where several imposters try to take his place. Who are ...more
I had not read comics in many years, but when I heard Superman died I knew I wanted to read that story. I didn't want to buy all the comics though, so I was glad when it came out in paperback form. I was impressed with this story. It was a very good story and involved so many DC characters. I didn't miss the fact that it wasn't in comic form. The writing was very descriptive; when I finally saw a picture of Doomsday it was exactly as I imagined from this book. There were a few heroes that "fille ...more
Jim C
Back in the early 90's, DC decided to do a storyline of the death of Superman and then later on, they did a storyline of his return. This is the novelization of these storylines.

When the comics came out with their respective black and white wrappers I purchased both of them. I have never opened them hoping they would be worth something (they aren't) and I have always been curious about this storyline. I thought this book did a great job putting this comic storyline to novel form. Even if you kno
Okay, here's the thing: I really disliked this book. There may be a combination of external factors unrelated to the story that contribute to this. Outside a few old school movies, I am largely unfamiliar with Superman. I tend to find there's a lot of disconnect between visual mediums and prose. I also do not care for an overabundance of details. There is a reason a lot of this was probably cut from the comic. As a comic, I can see this being something that works. Can see the overblown nature of ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Cyd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
What can I say about this book?

I read it after the comic event but I felt that the book held so much more emotions and details that might have gotten overlooked in the comic.

You're brought through the journey of Superman encountering Doomsday, and fighting him, winning, and then dying.

The world mourns and you mourn with them. You see the effects of his death on a world that needs Superman. Crime grows bold again and things change for the worse - until five others bearing the S shield appear.

Victor Orozco
Awesome! Read hundreds of pages in a few days I just could not put this down. Wonderful retelling of the comic book by Roger Stern. I can't help but feel though it was made as a way to create a movie because it feels like a movie. I truly remember how big a story this was when I was a preteen shelling out my allowance every week for the next issue of Superman comics. It was talked in schools and even on the news. This was something worth following.

Roger Stern did a great job in adapting the angl
HELLLLOOOOOOO, ITS SUPERMANNNNNNNN!!!!! i loved this book, i loved it so much i re-read it again and again and again. Can you tell i love Superman. anyone who loves the man of steel should read this.
Paul Baughman
Surprisingly good for a novel based off of a comic book story.
I remember reading this back when it first came out and being very disappointed with it. Granted, I did not understand [or think about] how enormous the novel would be if it truly followed the multiple storylines of every single comic involved in this 'event' in the life of Superman. I had most of the comics in this 'story'; one of the things that bugged me the most was Green Lantern [Hal Jordan] not playing a part in the novel like he did at the end of the story in the comics. Ah, youth! [well, ...more
Andrew Perron
This story is underrated. Yes, it was a goofy sales gimmick, but it's one with a lot of thought and effort and storytelling put into it - and one that modern superhero stories and especially modern Superman stories should take a lesson from.

A list of things that this book has:

Important supporting characters. Well-knowns like Lois Lane and Johnathan and Martha Kent; less-knowns like Bibbo Bibbowski and Emil Hamilton; and only-showed-up-heres like Mitch Andersen all get their own storylines and c

This was a fantastic read. The story itself held my interest greatly, but the author’s work on combining all the different parts of the story, from 4 or 5 different lines of comic books, was excellent. The Death and Life of Superman was first written in the early 90s and spanned across several comic book series, including Action Comics, Superman, and Superman: The Man of Steel. Roger Stern took all of these stories and put them together to form a complete tale that read like a novel from start t
Printable Tire
I've always been morbidly interested in this time of comics history, and I remember vividly the television news reports of my childhood proclaiming Superman's death and the progression of stupidity to follow. I've kept myself vigilantly ignorant of the whole narrative until I had the chance to read this novelized form of the comic books, which I've been saving for a summer read since probably 1997.

The first part is great. It is epic in scope, encompassing a cast of thousands, and if you can get
Paul Riches
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Novel pertama gue yang menceritakan superheroes. Awalnya cuma jadi buku bacaan iseng malah gue bawa kemana-mana karena penasaran dengan ceritanya. bagaimana sih cerita Superman bisa mati? Ngga ada yang spesial sih dari ceritanya. Mungkin karena gue udah tau kalo ini buku yang menceritakan bagaimana superman mati.

Buku ini bacaan ringan kok. Buat yang terbiasa baca komik, buku ini ngga bakalan bikin pusing. Gue bukan fans superman, I'm more of a spidey fans. Tapi karena ada nama-nama superhero lai
Ben Flay
Do you remember when Superman died then came back as four different Supermen?
Yup this is that story its dated now as were the ideas at the time Superboy was a sham fisted and cheesy as you could get
BUT the one character that they stuck with if bungled a little is the anti Christ Eradicator Superman creepy burning his message of truth and justice into the world
Now this book is big but really needs to be 2 there's people missing but what is here is good well written and well put
Sadly this gimm
I was into comic books as a kid, but I gradually got out of them as they got thinner and thinner and increasingly expensive. Something about paying 75¢ to advance the plot the equivalent of a page and a half of prose must have bugged me, I guess. And you know what? I don't really need the pictures--give me a thousand words any day. So, while I remember when the Death of Superman plotline came out, I was hardly following it. I considered picking one of the issues up at the time, but it would have ...more
Oct 31, 2008 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Graphic Novels or Superman fans
I absolutely loved this book! Roger Stern is an accomplished writer and his talent really shines through as he delicately handles this important work. This book has often been called the "definitive" Superman novel. The character development gives you a realistic sense of the passions, the thoughts, and the intentions of each of the primary characters. Though Superman is on a brief hiatus throughout the book, his impact is no less noticeable. The pacing in this book was probably one of the most ...more
R.E. Page
Excellent book for not only Superman fans but just all readers. If you do not know anything or partially know anything about Superman, this book will update you. It is a marvelous read for anyone.....Love it!!
Samuel Vizcarrondo
its compiled into 3 stories; the death, the void, and the return. the death suck in a literary points. the void, the city missing Superman was quit touching. I would love to see a film of story two and three.
Keith Bell
Great read for any Superman fan. Only downfall would be the lack of insight into characters. Reads just like it is... a novelization of a comic book.
This novelization of the biggest-selling comic storyline in history was well-written, with some extra things added in. Stern does a great job of really making you feel like you were there on the day that Superman died. You really feel the pain felt by his parents, friends, coworkers, and lover.

Stern does equally well with the triumphant return of the true Last Son of Krypton. While he alters a few details from the comics, they're minor details. All in all, it's a faithful version.

Of course, you
Samantha M.
My friend who recommended this book warned me about the length of this book--the font is pretty small; what he did not warn me about was the absolute insanity within the pages. WHAT DID I JUST READ? This book contained almost every sci-fi plot known to man. And no matter how long the book is or how small the font is, there's not usually room for that many plot points. I think maybe the author just got giddy with the freedom of prose and just started spitting out alternate universes and clones an ...more
May 10, 2011 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a compelling drama
Shelves: own
The book help me cope with the worst year of my life. I may have read it like twenty-five time in a six month period. I would love for people to read it but my copy is being held together by tape. Plus, It one of my most prized possession. Even now after fifteen plus year when I read it, I still get that emotion impact.

Having also read the graphic novel of the same story; I prefer this version. Having to use my imagination to visualize the characters is way more interesting than having the chara
It has been a few years since I read this book, but I remember not being able to put this book down. I do not read DC comics, and I never felt lost or behind in the story. Are there roll your eyes in frustration parts? Yes. Is this a well written, descriptive, and fun story? Yes. Isn't that why we read in the first place? Thats true for me. Give this book a chance if you have ever been interested in the Man of Steel. It will suprise you, even if the story is filled with outdated ideas, keep in m ...more
David Phipps
Back in the early 90's one of the big story lines in the world of comics was the death of superman. This is a novelization version of those comics. I'm not a big superman fan but I like this story line in general. The writing is not the best and it can be difficult to tell the different superman replacements apart at times. I've read this book several times before and it just hasn't held up that well for me. Now I can't help but notice how Hulk-like Doomsday is. Anyway, I think I would have like ...more
Jeff Crosby
Yeah, this was pretty good.
Ruby Ridge
This is the way to write a superhero book. If you are going to write a book about Superman, Batman etc. stay true to the story not come up with your own half-baked ideas (Tracy Hickman, Wayne of Gotham please read this and take notes) If you want to use your own ideas make your own superhero.
A really enjoyable read, gonna read more of Roger Sterns work - Thank you
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