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The Death and Life of Superman

(DC's Prose Novels)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  5,649 ratings  ·  138 reviews
"Superman-dead!"--The Daily  Planet. On November 18, 1992, news of  Superman's death shocked the world as the legendary  Man of steel was killed defending Metropolis from  the monster called Doomsday.

Here at last is the  dramatic story behind the best-selling comic book  of all time: the fates of Clark Kent, Lois Lane,  Ma and Pa Kent, the Justice League, and the reign  of
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 mo
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this sometime in high-school and really enjoying it. I never got the actual comics though. I really don't know where my copy is now but I am quite sure it should be in storage somewhere.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stern did a really good job here of incorporating all of the little details and sidebars from a baffling array of incidents and events from interconnected magazines that made up the death and re-birth of Superman. Back in the day DC (as well as Marvel) was much more conscientious about maintaining perceivable and believable chronology, and they weren't so quick to retcon and reboot their whole universe at the drop of a hat. No one believed that Superman was really dead (or, rather, that he would ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Lois <3 ...more
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I want to emphasize that this is not bad but it did take me months to read. I think it’s a great adaption of the comic arc but the dialogue was outdated and overall felt dry because I was bored reading non-Clark or Lois stuff. I did not care for every single character’s POV*. I enjoyed reading Lois’s and wish the story was solely from her POV instead—I would eagerly read through her parts and felt the story dragging when it was other POVs. Superman’s would have been enjoyable too but his dialogu ...more
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ryan Thomas
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this well enough, but it was pretty dry at times. I can see how it works as a comic, since so much of it is visual, but in novel form it felt off--comicy dialogue, too many expository flashbacks, a lot of "Suddenly" prose moments, etc. That being said, it's still a great story, and an iconical arc in the DC timeline. Stern does a great job filling everyone in on who the players are, even the arcane ones like Guardian, Bibbo and the Newsboy Legion. His lengthy fight scene between Superman ...more
Stephanie Mendoza
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a novelization of one of the most epic stories in the DC Universe. The graphic novels were amazing, but this book gives detailed insight into the lives of the people most affected by the death of, arguably, the greatest hero of all time. Sometimes, the dialogue got quite "comic-y," but I appreciated it anyway, considering that it was written over two decades ago. Fans of classic Superman should not miss out on this.
Paul Baughman
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good for a novel based off of a comic book story.
Asghar Abbas
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

Excellent vignette of what happened to the Man of Steel's legend.
And Supergirl was in it. Yah!
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
J. Peters
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one I've read quite a bit, mostly back in my high school and college days. There's something comforting about Roger Stern's take on Superman - it's a bit old fashioned, a bit quaint, but he manages to really capture the heart and spirit of Superman and bring him to life in a way where both Clark and Superman feel like the same person portrayed in different ways. It's been a while since I last read it - probably close to a decade - and I was worried it wouldn't hold up.

Fortunately, I was
Paul Riches
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sandeep Patel
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One day I saw this is the bookshop Dillon’s and then searched online to have the book sent to me from America. I spend some calm evenings in my student accommodation reading this book. As a first time reader at the time the book has me going from the first chapter. As I was a fan of Superman I related to the characters easily and was able to picture the story plot. As the story moves on new exciting characters and story telling comes in. Well after I finished the book I lent the book to a friend ...more
A.P. Miller
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superman isn't just a favorite for me; as a youth, I idolized the Man of Steel.

In 1993, I didn't follow the comics closely, but when I came home from school, Mom had a copy of the Death of Superman graphic novel waiting for me. I devoured that graphic novel, just as I had devoured the book. I am willing to argue with anyone that the Death and Return of Superman was one of the greatest science fiction stories ever told. This book was a tremendous literary adaptation of that story.

The book read we
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this wasn't on my shelves. I loved this novelization of the best comic book run in Superman history.

I probably read this way back when it first was released and then a million times since then. So I don't know how it was not shelved and or reviewed by me before then.

Actually, I was looking for a kindle version of this and I'm sad to say there is no e-book of the Death and Life of Superman novelization. Bummer.
Printable Tire
Jul 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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
James Welsh
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone wanting to get into the superman comics should start here. Roger stern does a great job of telling the greatest superman story ever while also filling on years of back story so no one is left behind. Just reading this one book and a few key issues can get any new fan up to date on the man of steel in no time. This is by far my favorite Superman novel.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned
For a person who has never been overly fond of the Superman comic's the novel 'The Death and Life of Superman' is a superb read. A good riveting story especially as the tome of the book is pre-internet so has a more of natural feel. You can see where the latest Superman movies, in particular, Batman vs Superman, drew its inspiration from.
*shrugs* There is nothing wrong with this book. It is exactly what it said it is. I started it when my enjoyment for all things superhero was starting to wain anyway and I could not finish because I just don't care anymore. I am good on superhero anything for a while.
B.W. Morris
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A faithful adaptation of the graphic novel series. Stern mostly sticks to the storyline as it developed, though at times he makes some odd choices for whose POV to represent.
Adrian Khouw
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book from Roger Stern. Its very great fantasy from the begining. I like to read again.
Callum  Highway
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much!! I cried and laughed!! It took my breath away at some points. But it was beautiful!! Defiantly will reread again and again
Jason Prodoehl
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even if you aren't a fan of the comic series, this read well. I really enjoyed the plot, the characters that many of us know so well, and found it an enjoyable read.
Rick Lee Lee James
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good adaptation of the comic series. Better in someway because you get deeper inside the heads of the characters.
Robbie Schroeder
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read, its based off the comic book series. if you loved the graphic novels this goes more in depth.
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