THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN originally appeared in SUPERMAN #149, November 1961, published around September 14, 1961, under editor Mort Weisinger. The cover was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein, who were the art team for the full issue story. The writer was Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. (For more about him, listen to Episode #1: MY TOP 10 FAVORITE SUPERMAN STORIES!, and both parts of Episode #3: JERRY SIEGEL’S 1960’S SUPERMAN STORIES!)
If you would like to read this story for yourself before listening to this episode, it was reprinted in THE GREATEST SUPERMAN STORIES EVER TOLD, DC’S GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES and SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPERMAN vol. III.
There were also two other Superman stories titled THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN. Neither of them were labeled as “Imaginary Stories”.
The first was published in ACTION COMICS #225, the first story of the issue. The twelve page story was pencilled by Wayne Boring and inked by Stan Kaye. The writer was unknown.
The second story appeared as the third story of SUPERMAN #118, January 1958, published around November 7, 1957. The writer was unknown and the artist was Al Plastino.
There is no reprint information about either story.
Next Week’s Final Imaginary Story of the summer: THE AMAZING STORY OF SUPERMAN RED & SUPERMAN BLUE!
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