I'm strongly a Marvel reader but Nov. 1992 was like the clock stopped and EVERYONE had to get/read this book. It was like a code word that activated the Manchurian Candidate nerd programming in almost every one of my classmates (6th grade then).
At the time my Jersey Shore local shop (Steve's Comic Relief, Toms River) had stacks of the black bagged Superman #75 behind the counter but refused to sell to any but their regular customers. Wound up getting one later that night, thanks to my dad enduring my unrelenting need to find it, at the townie independent video rental corner store (Clancy's Video, Beachwood) that must have smelled something in the wind and ordered a small shipment weeks earlier.
Walked into my local comic shop today (Conquest Comics, Berkeley Township) and saw the new (Nov. 2022) reprint on the rack, alongside an anthology compiling some short stories related to it. In it, artist Dan Jurgens credits the DC team with single-handedly being the reason there even is a comics industry today (bit of a stretch?). Lots of memories came back to me from those crazy 90s comics anyway (but still, Make Mine Marvel - my 6th grade teacher was an old college friend of Terry Stewart's, then prez of Marvel, and he sent her every single Marvel release weekly direct to our public school that she doled out for high or improved grades and assignments. What a thing to happen to us!)
Post by JD Buffington on Nov 10, 2022 14:40:16 GMT
I ended up collecting the multiple crossover issues that covered Funeral for a Friend. There was a panel where a sniper was going to take out parade-route civilians and Batman catches him, strings him up, and says something to the effect of, "You're lucky we're in his town. If we were in mine I would let you fall." Grief AND justice. That sentiment has always stuck with me, even if I've twisted it in my memory over the years.
Post by Michael Patrick Hicks on Nov 10, 2022 14:42:18 GMT
Man, I can't believe it's been 30 years... Pretty sure I still have an opened copy of #75 and a sealed, black-bagged copy in a long box downstairs. I just bought all the various volumes on sale for Kindle/ComiXology over the past week, hoping to revisit this storyline at some point soon. I remember the Return of Superman kicking so much ass as a kid!
My favorite memory of that time was the pathological liar kid in my class telling us he'd seen an advance copy, and that Doomsday kills Superman by "pulling out his soul." In retrospect, it's better than them just punching each other to death.
hearing about the death of Superman on the radio got me into comics, although I didn't start until the spring after with the Reign of the Supermen but I quickly caught up and haven't looked back. I just read the special the other night and boy did it give me a wave of nostalgia!
I remember it like yesterday. I was buying issues off spinner racks in grocery stores. I had the day off work (at Waldenbooks) so I stood in line to get my copy at the local shop. I was allowed to buy two copies. Somehow, I scraped together enough cash to do just that.
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