The Death and Life of Superman novel (1993)


Here is a novel based on the Death of Superman storyline from DC Comics.  Written by Roger Stern, The Death and Life of Superman tells of the events leading up to (spoiler alert!) Superman’s death and after his rebirth in great detail.  Roger Stern wrote many issues of Action Comics and also was the author of the book Superman: The Man of Steel Sourcebook.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of the heavily overplayed Death of Superman storyline, I have always been in awe of this novel.  Roger Stern has the ability to transport you to a place that you could swear actually exists.  I am a sucker for reading about locations, businesses, and street names in the fictitious Metropolis and this novel hands it out in spades, making the city seem so real!

Page 120

“Attention, all units! Doomsday has been sighted — repeat, Doomsday has been sighted — on the four-hundred block of Shayne Boulevard.”  The four-hundred block of Shayne… that’s where the Newtown Plaza is being built.

This book is filled with those kinds of street and location references.  The “Shayne” in this line obviously is a wonderful nod to Robert Shayne… the actor who portrayed Inspector Henderson on the 1950s TV series The Adventures of Superman.

Beyond the fan references and amazing detail, this is a page turner and captured my interest right from the prologue.  The book was also dedicated, in part, to George Reeves.

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