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1990S - There Goes My Hero by jbwarner86 1990S - There Goes My Hero by jbwarner86
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These days, superheroes die all the time. But in 1993, it was kind of a big deal. I think everyone kinda knew it wouldn't be permanent, but nonetheless, Steve thinks it's worthy to pay his respects to an American icon. Wouldn't you?
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QwertyChris Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Y'know, I kind of wish every fan honoured their fallen heroes like this - far more dignified than a YouTube "tribute" video or whatever other crazy thing kids today post online.

Although that final panel was brilliant :XD:
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albert1614 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018
Nice
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UncleScooter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That was a pretty major thing in '90s comics, wasn't it? That comic cover alone was enough to make me do a double-take walking by it at the bookstore.

I'm kinda surprised you didn't have Crash Test Dummies' "Superman's Song" playing as Steve delivers his "eulogy" ;)
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kingofswing617 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
Oh wow. An appearance from Steve's mother. Never thought we'd see that
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
10 year old me was horrified at the time
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Zerozero204 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018
Killing Superman was an immensely stupid idea by the DC people, and they couldn't even stick to it. We cannot tell if it was a retcon, or an internal revolt that High Management approved. Time has shown that DC is prone to such things when the major changes happen. Not killing Superman as a ratings grab, as a way to see out a flagging, failed character who's no longer hip and with it, out on a high note.
And yes, they can kill comic characters. When was the last time that X was in print: Plastic Man, Captain Marvel, Sargent Rock- all one-time big names at times when Superman was wobbling back and forth on "Is the fad over"? How many "the movies didn't sell enough" or the toys didn't sell enough was the reason for vanishing a franchise? Superman dying was entirely plausible. There was always the fear that there's one MORE thing that you love that a grownup can figure out how to take away. And if they wanted to bring back the idea, there was always Supergirl. Or Jimmy Olson in a cape.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, Supes is quite the icon, all over the world.
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Did NO ONE see his return coming? :P
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hamursh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
Anybody gonna see the new Superman cartoon in 1996?
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
Oh man, can't wait to watch that :XD:
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hamursh Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
I can't wait for them to compare it to Lois and Clark!
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
XD
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
It was the gritty, in-your-face 90s and Superman didn't fit the mold. At the time, it was completely believable DC would no longer see a use for him. So we bought the lie.

The success of that scheme tainted the industry and led to countless stunt storylines that went nowhere. The effects are still being felt today with every Big Crisis Event That Will Change Everything.
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PsychoDemonFox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that lasted long. (Eye roll) Unfortunately, the Death of Superman was only the beginning (somewhat) of the 90's speculator bubble... which almost ruined the entire enterprise. 

...Then again, I confess I didn't get into comics until the late 90's early 00's, after all that was over...  I just hate the fact that comic books were nearly ruined by greedy people.  

I never got the notion of collecting comics just to keep them instead of, you know, reading them, like you're supposed to.
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
The bubble started before then, but this just accelerated the arrival of the pin.
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PsychoDemonFox Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it boggles the mind just how out of control things got... and there are still people who take things like Amiibos for the sake of "collecting" instead of letting little kids have them to play with. How despicable.

Then there's how the speculator bubble almost destroyed Marvel comics...
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PLCTheCd Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, you're talking about the Doomsday fight
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Retro7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018   General Artist
LOL yeah I admit I was suckered they were gonna kill him off for real too. But c'mon, Supes was a money-maker back then (and still is). They never really die, just take a break for awhile.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, Reign of the Supermen lasted until October 1993, so, you undersold it, Michelle.
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JIMENOPOLIX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I first thought this was based on the abomination that was Superman IV.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That happened six years earlier.
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JIMENOPOLIX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.
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Sharper-The-Writer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
And this is well before all the retconning...
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HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
Oh yeah, the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday... The day every comic book geek cried.
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