The Never-Ending Battle: SUPERMAN #75

Darkness falls upon Metropolis, as the fight of the century reaches its dire inference in Superman # 75.

Superman's tattered cape waves as his friends mourn on the cover of Superman #75 by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding

Superman #75

Triangle Number: 1993- 2

Writer: Dan Jurgens Penciler: Dan Jurgens Inker: Brett Breeding Colorist: Glenn Whitmore Letterer: John Costanza

And lastly, we’ve realized it to the issue that would define the entire age. The one that would bring in new fans by the drove, including me. The one that for better or worse would help to reinforce the speculation market for comic book. Everything for the past year has been building to this moment, and the creators involved were determined to make it worth every moment spent.

To start with, there is the iconic put-on of the newsstand copy, which would appreciate several reissues as DC rushed to capitalize on the story as much as they could. It’s a cover-up that really captivates the passion of the moment, a cover without the superstar of the book on it at all, save the reces box indicia. Instead, there’s his tattered mantle caught on a pole and flitting like a signal after a particularly violent battle. The cityscape depicted is also showing the signs of that showdown with rubble and ended glass standing out. In the background are the shadowed people of those closest to Superman, and despite not being able to see them fully, you can still feel the heartbreak pouring off of them. It is such a visually striking portrait that there is no other image I must be considered firstly when thinking of this story.

Flipping open that issue, the stakes are as high-pitched as they’re ever going to be. Every single page in this is a full-page splash, that final slugfest that Jurgens had pitched repeatedly in the Summit, twenty-two pages of nothing but one massive melee. And indeed, that first page is a bloody Superman wrestling with a relentless Doomsday as laser thunderbolts pummel the field around them.

Superman and Doomsday fight on the first page of Superman #75

While the fight sheets in Superman # 75 could all be advertisements, with none of them being disappointing, that’s peculiarly not the most difficult pull of the question. Despite pitching this as nothing but a twenty-two-page fight, Jurgens takes the time to sell the human attachments that the Man of Steel has, because that’s where the agony and sadness of the loss comes in.

The time that Jurgens takes to focus on the Lois and Clark relationship in this frenzied publish is some of the best work of the entire event. There is a pain in Clark’s hearts as he ensure Lois worry about him, so clearly at the end of his substitutes. While Lois and Clark give their gentle time, Doomsday’s rampage continues in the background, with Jimmy intent on capturing every moment, every detail of this day he’ll never forget.

But in trying to catch everything Doomsday was doing, Jimmy misses the defining moment of the epic. Lois and Clark share one final kiss, as Clark determinedly sets every last thing he has into protecting his loved ones. The kiss and the page that followed are the two pages that cemented my fandom and instantly induced me be concerned about the characters. That was when it was clear what this husband was fighting for and what he’d be willing to do to make sure that his loved ones were safe.

Superman and Lois share a final kiss in Superman #75

The battle furies on, before lastly coming to a remainder in front of the Daily Planet. Truly, is there anywhere else it could end? Not exclusively the city of Superman but the building most important to him as well. Watching Superman let loose with absolutely everything he has is incredible, but more incredible is knowing that all four inventive teams across the books had been doing that very same thing for the past seven publishes. Neither Superman nor any of the creators involved left anything on the table for this event.

Superman hell bent on Stopping Doomsday in Superman #75

Finally, both Superman and Doomsday go in for one final blow, and Jurgens, Breeding, Whitmore, and Costanza deliver an absolutely brilliant series of final pages for the fight, captivating the spirits of Lois and Jimmy as they look their groom-to-be and friend autumn. Likewise, Ma and Pa Kent helplessly watch it progressed on TV. Lois’s quiet “No.” in a gigantic empty term bag is destroying, as are the text containers 😛 TAGEND

“But most will remember this sad daylight — as the day the proudest, most noble man they ever knew — ultimately descended. For those who loved him — one who would call him husband — one who would be his pal — or those who would call him son — this is the darkest day they could ever imagine.”

Finally, the very last page arrives, with a final surprise from Jurgens and Breeding. The whole issue up until this place had been single-page splashes, but the last spread is a double-page spread of a sobbing Lois containing the three men she secretly loves, a male who only cautions that he saved the people he desires. With that, the back mask creases out, and Superman dies in his lover’s arms.

Collected in the brand-new edition of the trade paperback focused on this part of the epic was also the copy of Newstime magazine that DC put out to commemorate the incident. This imitation of the in-universe news magazine was contributed to by all the creative units and offered a retrospective of the events that had resulted by the people that lived here them. It’s an interesting piece that meets the entire city of Metropolis feel merely a little bit more real.

Superman # 75 was an culminate, but for many, it was also a beginning. This event fetched an influx of brand-new supporters in, helping them to discover that the Superman books certainly were worth read. It likewise started what would become one of the greatest trilogies of narrations in comics record, with “Funeral for a Friend” and the “Return of Superman” set to continue delivering phenomenal floors for the next several months. Superman was dead, but the world countries still stopped going around him.

Miss any previous entryways in The Never-Ending Battle? The early enterings can be found at Comfort Food Comics, while more recent ones can be found here at The Beat.

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