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My Introduction to Comic Collecting


Set Type: Superman (Doomsday Death Funeral Return)
Owner: Brandon Shepherd
Last Modified: 5/11/2019
Views: 341

Rank: 7
Score: 1883
Leading by: 155
Points to Higher Rank: 32

Set Description:

One winter day in early 1994 my family and I took a trip to the grocery store, I was 11 years old and had yet to get into comic book reading and collecting. In the magazine section a graphic novel caught my eye, THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN (1993). I had heard about this event, I saw a Saturday Night Live sketch about Superman's funeral, Chris Farley was the Hulk, Aquaman brought shrimp and comedian Sinbad was Black Lightning. The graphic novel reprinted “Doomsday!” the seven issue storyline from late 1992, Act 1 of the Death and Return of Superman Saga. This was all yesterday's news in 1994, but thumbing through the graphic novel had me interested and eager to catch up.

The first season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman staring Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher was airing on Sunday nights. “Reign of the Supermen!” - Act 3 of the saga - had also concluded several months earlier in the comics. When I went to a comic shop for the first time in the spring of 1994, there were still posters on the wall proclaiming “Superman Lives!” This was my time (and calling) to become a reader of Superman comics!

Act 2, “Funeral for a Friend” examines how those closest to Superman, the citizens of Metropolis and the rest of the world were affected by his loss. These particular comic books take me back to a special time in life, my transition from late childhood to early adolescence. When I think about the time I spent finding all the individual issues as a kid, and the CGC examples I’ve found as an adult, I find myself wondering from time to time if I will ever be able to put this storyline and collection to rest.

I love the cover art for the four Superman titles cover dated November, 1992, with the Doomsday teasers on the last page: Superman: The Man of Steel #17, Superman #73, Adventures of Superman #496 and Action Comics #683. These four issues eluded me as a kid, I’ve since found all of them as an adult and I still look for them to this day. The solid background covers for many of the “Doomsday!” issues were appealing to me as kid and made me a Superman fan for life. The “Funeral for a Friend” covers also got to me. After over 20 years of seeing all of these issues in grungy poly bags at every comic store, used book store and con I've ever been to in my life, seeing CGC certified high grade examples of these issues is the equivalent of seeing that girl next door you never noticed before who one day steps out in heels, a little black dress and a bit of makeup. It gets me every time!

When I purchased my first graded example for this set sometime in the late 2000s, my intention was to keep it basic and only go after the first prints. But there has always been that side of me who is a completest, who cannot help but want the Collector’s Editions and multiple printing variants for these issues. I found many of the issues from various collectors’ packs at Toys "R" Us, along with many 2nd, 3rd and other various printings for these issues. When I learned about the difference in printings as a kid, with the print variant notated with a roman numeral (II for second print, III for third, etc.) next to the issue number and price, and the title logo changing colors for each issues printing, I came to the mindset that these second and third prints were not worth the paper they were printed on. I now realize that these issues are more challenging to find in high grade than the first printings now I really enjoy finding the various odds and ends of this comic book saga.

I’ve been fortunate enough to find some of these ‘girls next door’ in the wild, which I've submitted for grading to return to me in 9.8 holders. These books already carry a lot of nostalgia and the pieces I've submitted to CGC have a sense of accomplishment. I may not have pulled those pieces off the racks when first released, but I take joy in finding these books randomly, decades later, and eyeing the pieces that make the grade.

I have my childhood memories, my worn graphic novels, most of the individual issues and the handsome Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2013). This was my introduction to the world of Superman and to comic book reading and collecting. Who knows, if this event never happened, I might not have gotten into comic books at all.

From the 2017 Registry Awards

"Don’t worry, Brandon Shepherd, we won’t turn you away like the Black Lighting was in the SNL skit. We think that your Superman (Doomsday Death Funeral Return) Set is turning into something special! Keep up the good work and thanks for the walk down memory lane."
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Action Comics 683 0942387012 9.840 Shop eBay
Action Comics 683 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Action Comics 684 0942387013 9.840 Shop eBay
Action Comics 684 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Action Comics 685 No Comic    Shop eBay
Action Comics 685 Second Printing 0290717001 9.825 Shop eBay
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Action Comics 686 0153226015 9.840 Shop eBay
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Action Comics 687 No Comic    Shop eBay
Action Comics 687 Collector's Edition 0150582012 9.840 Shop eBay
Action Comics 688 1056680022 9.840 Shop eBay
Action Comics 689 No Comic    Shop eBay
Action Comics 690 No Comic    Shop eBay
Action Comics 691 1247238024 9.840 Shop eBay
Action Comics 692 2024151012 9.840 Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 496 1024355016 9.840 Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 496 Second Printing 0297768001 9.840 Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 497 0227226001 9.840 Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 497 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 497 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 498 0315840001 9.840 Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 498 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 498 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 498 Fourth Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 499 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 499 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 500 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 500 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 500 Collector's Edition 0150964024 9.848 Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 501 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 501 Collector's Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 502 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 503 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 504 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 505 No Comic    Shop eBay
Adventures of Superman 505 Collector's Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Green Lantern v3 #46 No Comic    Shop eBay
Green Lantern v3 #46 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 69 No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 69 Second Printing 0218419014 9.840 Shop eBay
Justice League America 69 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 69 Fourth Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 70 1568952003 9.840 Shop eBay
Justice League America 70 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 70 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 70 Fourth Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Justice League America 71 1077720005 9.832 Shop eBay
Superman 73 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 73 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 74 0227267016 9.848 Shop eBay
Superman 74 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 74 Third Printing 2014436015 9.850 Shop eBay
Superman 74 Fourth Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 75 1027499055 9.880 Shop eBay
Superman 75 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 75 Third Printing 0185823007 9.880 Shop eBay
Superman 75 Fourth Printing 0290717002 9.840 Shop eBay
Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition 0998751002 9.8480 Shop eBay
Superman 76 0294920006 9.840 Shop eBay
Superman 76 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 77 0178186002 9.840 Shop eBay
Superman 77 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 77 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 78 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 78 Collector's Edition No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 79 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 80 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 81 1999493013 9.840 Shop eBay
Superman 82 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 82 Collector's Edition 0320093016 9.840 Shop eBay
Superman 82 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman 83 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Legacy of Superman 1 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Legacy of Superman 1 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 17 1038834027 9.856 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 17 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 1051998023 9.872 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Fourth Printing 0275195011 9.832 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Fifth Printing 1201841006 9.832 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 0103480033 9.848 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 Second Printing 1567579006 9.832 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 Mattel Reprint (2005) No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 Third Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 20 0629293019 9.824 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 21 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 22 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 22 Collector's Edition 0282160002 9.824 Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 23 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 24 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 25 No Comic    Shop eBay
Superman: The Man of Steel 26 No Comic    Shop eBay
The Death of Superman nn Platinum Edition No Comic    Shop eBay

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