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My Introduction to Comic Collecting


Set Type: Superman (Doomsday Death Funeral Return)
Owner: Brandon Shepherd
Last Modified: 6/1/2017
Views: 75

Award Time Rank: 7
Award Time Score: 1665


Set Description

One winter day in early 1994 I was at the grocery store with my family, I was 11 years old and had yet to get into comic book reading and collecting. While in the magazine section I noticed on the bottom shelf a graphic novel: The Death of Superman (1993). I had heard about this event, I remembered 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 was a collection, reprinting the seven issues from late 1992, the death and return of Superman was 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 still airing on Sunday nights. The Reign of the Supermen storyline - the third act of the Death and Return of Superman saga - had concluded several months earlier in the comics. When I went to a comic shop for the first time in the spring 1994, there were still posters on the wall proclaiming “Superman Lives!” - this was a good time to become a reader of Superman comics! Looking back, Funeral for a Friend was the better part of the saga, with an emphasis on how those closest to Superman and the citizens of Metropolis (and the rest of the world) were affected by living in a world without Superman. 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 issues 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 also stood out to me as a kid and made me a Superman fan for life. The Funeral for a Friend covers also got to me. With all of this said, I tend to pass on the Reign of the Supermen issues, with the exception of the Action Comics issues for my main collecting focus. I think of all of these comics as the girl next door. 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 too 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 step out in heels, a little black dress and make up, it gets me every time! When I purchased my first graded example for this set, my intention was to only go for the basics, 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 and really enjoying finding the various odds and ends of this comic book saga. I have my 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 comic books; this is where it all began for me, otherwise, I might not have gotten into comic books at all. Set Highlights: Superman: The Man of Steel #18 Fourth Printing Superman: The Man of Steel #18 Fifth Printing Superman #75 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition Superman: The Man of Steel #17 Second Printing Still searching for these 9.8 grails: Action Comics #683 2nd Printing Adventures of Superman #496 2nd Printing - Found: November, 2016 Adventures of Superman #498 4th Printing Superman #73 2nd Printing Superman #76 & 77 2nd Printing Justice League American #70 4th Printing Superman: The Man of Steel #19 3rd Printing Superman: The Man of Steel #20 2nd Printing ~Some of these have not reached 9.8 yet. For several years my set highlights listed above were grails for me. I have concluded that my ultimate grail for this set would be Action Comics #686, Second Printing in 9.8. Raw copies are difficult to find in halfway decent shape or nicer.

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Slot DescriptionThe Comics Registry IDComic GradeScore Updated
Action Comics 683 0942387012 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 684 0942387013 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 684 Third Printing No Comic    
Action Comics 685 0792418015 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 685 Second Printing 0290717001 9.8 25 10/14/2016
Action Comics 685 Third Printing No Comic    
Action Comics 686 0153226015 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 687 No Comic    
Action Comics 687 Collector's Edition 0150582012 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 688 1056680022 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 689 No Comic    
Action Comics 690 No Comic    
Action Comics 691 0230981029 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Action Comics 692 0153228012 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Adventures of Superman 496 1024355016 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Adventures of Superman 496 Second Printing 0297768001 9.8 40 12/9/2016
Adventures of Superman 497 0227226001 9.8 25 1/7/2016
Adventures of Superman 497 Second Printing No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 497 Third Printing No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 498 0315840001 9.8 40 6/1/2017
Adventures of Superman 498 Second Printing No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 498 Third Printing No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 499 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 500 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 500 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 500 Collector's Edition No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 501 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 501 Collector's Edition No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 502 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 503 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 504 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 505 No Comic    
Adventures of Superman 505 Collector's Edition No Comic    
Green Lantern v3 #46 No Comic    
Green Lantern v3 #46 Second Printing No Comic    
Justice League America 69 No Comic    
Justice League America 69 Second Printing 0218419014 9.8 40 1/7/2016
Justice League America 69 Third Printing No Comic    
Justice League America 70 0932645027 9.8 35 1/7/2016
Justice League America 70 Second Printing No Comic    
Justice League America 70 Third Printing No Comic    
Justice League America 71 1077720005 9.8 25 1/7/2016
Superman 73 No Comic    
Superman 73 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman 74 0227267016 9.8 50 1/7/2016
Superman 74 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman 74 Third Printing No Comic    
Superman 74 Fourth Printing No Comic    
Superman 75 1027499055 9.8 65 1/7/2016
Superman 75 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman 75 Third Printing 0185823007 9.8 80 1/7/2016
Superman 75 Fourth Printing 0290717002 9.8 40 10/14/2016
Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Edition No Comic    
Superman 75 Poly-Bagged Platinum Edition 0998751002 9.8 480 2/18/2016
Superman 76 0294920006 9.8 25 11/7/2016
Superman 77 0178186002 9.8 25 3/26/2016
Superman 77 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman 77 Third Printing No Comic    
Superman 78 No Comic    
Superman 78 Collector's Edition No Comic    
Superman 79 No Comic    
Superman 80 No Comic    
Superman 81 No Comic    
Superman 82 No Comic    
Superman 82 Collector's Edition No Comic    
Superman 82 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman 83 No Comic    
Superman: The Legacy of Superman 1 No Comic    
Superman: The Legacy of Superman 1 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 17 1038834027 9.8 60 1/7/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 17 Second Printing 0958297018 9.8 32 4/27/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 1051998023 9.8 72 1/7/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Second Printing 1395760003 9.8 32 11/10/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Third Printing No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Fourth Printing 0275195011 9.8 32 2/4/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 18 Fifth Printing 1201841006 9.8 32 5/13/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 0103480033 9.8 50 5/12/2016
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 Second Printing No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 Mattel Reprint (2005) No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 19 Third Printing No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 20 No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 21 No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 22 No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 22 Collector's Edition No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 23 No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 24 No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 25 No Comic    
Superman: The Man of Steel 26 No Comic    
The Death of Superman nn Platinum Edition No Comic    

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