'The Death of Superman' is one of the most important events not only in comic book culture, but also in popular culture. Writer and artist Dan Jurgens, the architect behind the iconic event, is also the creator who has written and drawn more pages of Superman than any other creator in history. This year, 'The Death of Superman' celebrates it’s 30th anniversary and DC Comics has surprised fans by announcing it's getting the band back together with Dan Jurgens at the helm.
Popverse’s Ashley V. Robinson was able to catch up with 'The Death of Superman' writer and artist Dan Jurgens at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of this week’s announcement to chat all things 'Death of Superman' and delve into the Who? How? And why?
“It’s actually a lot of fun,” Jurgens reveals to Popverse, “because we have such a fun project to go along with it.”
Watch our full 9-minute interview with Dan Jurgens on the return of The Death of Superman to learn everything you need to know in preparation for the upcoming collection.
(Digging Ashley's outfit? It was provided by Elhoffer Design.)
Scheduled to debut November 8, The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 will reunite the original creative teams on the key Superman books during the original 1992 crossover event in four all-new stories - take a look!.
- 'The Life of Superman,' by writer/artist Dan Jurgens, inker Brett Breeding, colorist Brad Anderson, and letterer John Workman, finds Superman: Son of Kal-El's Jon Kent discovering during a school lesson that his dad once died-- his parents never told him. As he tries to reconcile that fact with himself and his parents, he also must deal with a new villain connected to the one who killed Superman back in the 1992, named Doombreaker.
- 'Standing Guard by writer Roger Stern, artist Butch Guice, colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letterer Rob Leigh revisits the climatic Superman vs. Doomsday battle from the eyes of the Guardians.
- 'Time' by writer Louise Simonson, artist Jon Bogdanove, colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letter Rob Leigh revisits 'Death of Superman' from the perspective of John Henry Irons.
- 'Above and Beyond' by writer Jerry Ordway, penciller Tom Grummett, inker Doug Hazelwood, colorist Glenn Whitmore, and letterer Rob Leigh is a poignant take on Ma and Pa Kent watching Superman's battle against Doomsday live on TV.
Here's several unfinished pages from inside Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1:
In addition to the four new stories in Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1, there will also be nine new pin-ups from the likes of Jamal Campbell, Lee Weeks, Clay Mann, Fabio Moon, Walter Simonson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Gabriel Rodriguez, and more. Here are the ones released so far:
The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 will have a cover by Jurgens and Breeding, along with variants from the likes of: Jim Lee/Scott Williams (two variants), Dan Mora (a Jon Kent variant), Ivan Reis/Danny Miki (a 'Funeral for a Friend' variant), Francesco Mattina (a Doomsday die-cut variant, and a non-die-cut version), and a second Jurgens/Breeding (a foil variant). To complete the experience, there will also be a premium polybagged variant featuring a new 'Death of Superman' armband.
Here's a look at all the Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 variants released thusfar:
The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 goes on sale on November 8.
While you wait until this return, make sure you've read our recommended best DC Comics stories of all time.