10 Essential Superman Comics You Need To Read

10. Death of Superman

Death of Superman

Still, this is a great story that examines the various aspects that make the Superman corner of the DC Universe so interesting. Superman takes on his most dangerous foe, Doomsday, in a no-holds-barred brawl in the middle of Metropolis. As the title makes obvious, Superman sacrifices himself to stop the monster and save his home.

What unfolds afterwards is a great story about what Superman means in the world. We see a slew of new heroes emerge in an attempt to fill the gap that Superman’s absence causes in the world. While his death only lasts about a year, the full emotional arc is extremely enjoyable. We get to see Lois Lane grieve and move on as all of Metropolis deals with the loss of their guardian angel.

While the line didn’t come straight out of this series, one of my favorite confrontations between Batman and Superman referenced the importance of this story. In ‘Infinite Crisis,’ Batman tells Superman that the last time he inspired anyone was when he was dead, critiquing the character’s symbolic position as a martyr that spread after his death.

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  • LupeX

    While I respect everyone’s opinions.As a life-long die-hard Superman fanboy I respect this list for being a list of good Superman books, but definitely not a definitive list.
    LOL All Star Superman is the Superman comic that people who have a shallow reading of the character list as THE Superman story.
    If you research it’s history & purpose, it was actually made to appeal and pander to the most basic shallow reading of the character. It’s basic like White girls with Uggs and Starbucks Lattes. (my apologies, it’s a good book and I know this comes off as harsh but it has to be said)
    A list without Kingdom Come, What’s So Funny About Truth Justice & The American Way, What Happened To The Man of Tomorrow, Man of Steel, Last Son of Krypton, Id even take For All Seasons as a more authentic simplistic nostalgia driven Superman story than All Star
    I think these books offer a deeper understanding of the character beyond the marquee facade and mascot poses that many readers limit him to.

    • FS54

      Kingdom Come and What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, & the American Way? are two of my favorite comics ever. I was surprised not to see them here. They would definitely be in my top 10 must read Superman comics.

    • Maxi Iroh

      John Byrne’s The Man of Steel?

  • Maxi Iroh

    Superman: Secret Identity is an amazing elseworlds story about a world without superheroes.

  • razorstar90

    I’d add Superman For All Seasons, Secret Identity, Kingdom Come, Last Son of Krypton and What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?,


    Also, believe it or not Max Landis’s Superman: American Alien is INCREDIBLE