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Superman Needs to Die? Yes!

Updated on February 19, 2014
 By Chris Favero Source:
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Super man is one of my favorite characters. He is powerful, intelligent and sports cool colors, honestly.

What always bothered me was the idea that Superman is unstoppable no matter what. No matter what the obstacle, conflict or danger, he would rise above the event. He represents a spirit and will that is unstoppable. He, as I have told my cousin, should die.


1) What fictional character while you did love him, her or it, did you feel should die?

Please comment below.

I do not believe Super man should die because it is about time or even because I want to be cruel. Super man is in essence a living spirit in comics. He is essentially working as a spirit being in a physical body. He is performing feats at this point beyond even his “Super” moniker.

I mean let us look as his deaths from the past.


In an article, at Suite 101, All the Deaths of Superman, posted by Angelo Lanham, it lists many of Superman's deaths over years.

1) Super man #149

In this comic, in 1961, Lex Luthor, his main villain, while in prison creates "Element Z". He uses the element to create a cure for cancer in human beings. He gains Super man's trust by turning good; doing kind acts to benefit humanity, and at some point builds Lex Luthor an outer space laboratory.

Lex Luthor gets Super man to come the laboratory and builds a Kryptonite ray, which kills Super man. While Super man, had a funeral, the story by Geoffrey Johnson, was shown to be imaginary.

2) The Death of Super man (The Comic Series)

In the 1990s, a force, a creature called Doomsday, comes to Metropolis, the city Super man lives in, in a series of comics, and is unreasonable, destructive and would finally battle Super man to his death. Super man would only come back to life, later, through complex circumstances.

3) The Kingdom

In 1999, Super man takes on a character named Gog, a sort of fanatical character, who carries a staff with the "fire of a dozen red suns." He kills Super man, then goes in time, and kills up to a thousand Super men, on different planes of existence. In the end, Super man lives through it all.

4) All Star Super man

In 2008, Lex Luthor lures Super man close to the sun where the rays overload the cells in his body. Super man starts to die slowly because of radiation. Super man decides to get many things done before he dies. In the end, Super man transforms into pure energy and can no longer exist to help humanity.

If you watch the movie animation of this comic, Lex Luthor, the cause of the problem, develops a solution for Super man's problem, while in jail. Grant Morrison's Super man death is possibly the best-written one, I think.

In all of it, I feel the death of a super man, super legend and one of the greatest super heroes should not happen four times in history and more should remain permanent.

In the End

Super man is a great hero but I feel every great hero should die. I mean at this rate, while the world's Batmen, Flashes and Wonder Women die off the first Super man will continue to exist in history as this sort of indomitable character.

This can change. I have thought about this for a long time, a way Super man could pass on. He has become a legend and should die and exist in the same way legends do. What is wrong with Super man having an angry child?

I believe the key to Superman's death will be the child he brings into the world. Whether it is a child with Wonder Woman, Lois Lane or someone else this child will be Superman's responsibility and indication that he can die.

He or she is not human or Kryptonian, with Krypton being the planet Super man is from, so this hybrid child will be Super man's responsibility to bring into the world as he sees fit, up to this point.

He or she has to be worthy and whether that means he has Super man's abilities or just can live for eternity or develops abilities the next step above Super man's physical abilities will lead Superman here.

Super man’s death has to be visible to everyone, on television and the internet. It starts with a challenge. Lex Luthor challenges Super man to a non-lethal battle but only before he can take on certain characters before he has to fight Lex Luthor.

If Super man defeats Lex Luthor, Lex simply determines, in the end, together with Super man, they will create a greater humanity and develop cures for human ailments at that stage in life until they both die, no tricks.

This story can start out with battles like Super man versus Batman, Super man versus Captain Marvel and maybe Super man versus the Justice League even, in epic non-lethal battles Super man wants and can win or will lose.

In the end, Super man battles Lex Luthor, only the first time Super man touches Lex Luthor, the villain blows up in front of his eyes and all over him.

Super man, shaken by Lex Luthor's death, is taken by Metallo, a Super man villain and cyborg that runs on green Kryponite, turns himself into a backpack.

This backpack, with green Kryptonite drills, makes holes in Super man's back securing itself to this man of steel. Green kryptonite makes Super man weak. A Green kryptonite sleeping gas knocks Super man out.

The backpack turns into a rocket and takes Super man to a deep cave full of red kryptonite, red kryptonite has many abilities but I do understand it makes Super man very human-like.

This is where things get hairy. Lex Luthor's son, I feel should lead the second part of this story. He takes Super man's deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, and unleashes a group of vampires. Lex Luthor’s son escapes this cave, now a tomb, and shuts the opening with earth, green kryptonite and holy emblems sealing all inside.

The vampires turn to Super man, coming to and beginning to take his blood. In the end, they turn Superman into a sort of Kryptonian vampire hybrid. That is how I feel Super man should die. It is different, it could be written in different ways but I feel that is how he should go.

Super man should be given permission to exist as something very different for good. Grant Morrison would attempt to do this and even in the Death of Superman, Detective Comics tries this but it does not stay.

Whatever happens to Superman in the future, it must stick. I believe it is the character’s death. Life presents characters with change and those characters adapt, why not Super man too?

In the end, he can come back into comics but he does not have to be the same character he had been. He should not be able to go into the sun, so what will he be? Super man's son sees his father go down, what would he do? Would he feel a need to uphold Super man’s legacy?

Lex Luthor's son would witness his own father's death, is holder of Super man's deoxyribonucleic acid to use as he sees fit and how would he get along with Super man's son?

At that point, anything could happen but Super man is not the same. The reality is his legacy will exist, his feats and how had been will continue to exist and can be drawn from.

The physical Super man would be dead and would never be the same.

A new generation would be responsible for how to maintain such a huge legacy. It would be great change but the start of an inspirational writing series in the name of what Super man once did represent.

You can find out about the deaths of Super man at Suite 101, at


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      W1totalk 3 years ago

      The idea behind the piece was never to kill the concept of Superman, but the man. In general, the character needs to change direction, permanently, in my opinion. The symbol will live on for individuals to carry, in different ways. This can be done without, or with, Clark Kent/Kal-El. However, it means taking the character in a different direction, for sure, and living with an actual risk that the character's symbol will carry on. Every character goes through changes. There are even characters that hit a legendary status, but lose something in that process. Clark Kent/ Kal El can continue on, but can he be a different being? You see, at least, for now, in Marvel, Captain America is a different person and Thor is a different. In DC Comics, the Green Lantern has different faces, each with their own duty. Even in the comics, recently, Superman, in crisis, had someone else in his place. However, why not like, in history, create an expanded history, not full of comebacks, but a legacy of the symbol and how it impacts those who wear it. Who else has the right to wear the symbol of Superman? What happens to those who do not use it properly? I dislike a character with Superman's ability, and status,that is experimented on without real change. He is constantly brought back to the start, without completely changing, over a long periods of time. Any actual changes that happen to character are cosmetic. He can always be hope, and the ultimate, but just for comics sake, take the character to the next level.

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      seigfried23 3 years ago

      Superman cannot die - if that happens, all hope is lost. He is the ultimate, and a hero of my youth when my three brothers used to buy all the comics they could get their hands on about the Man of Steel, and I would take them when they were done lol!

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I think I just hoped they could add new depth to a very powerful character, permanently.Super man cannot be replaced. The character's feats will last forever. If you take that character, place that character in a permanent change, in order for offspring continue a feud or redefine it, Super man will live on in an epic way.

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      Tamara Wilhite 4 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Stories written to bring old characters back lead to a hashing of old plot lines or convoluted story telling. Killing someone off makes room for new stories to grow and existing characters to develop.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Thank you always Thief12.

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      Thief12 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      In a way, Superman is an allegory of Jesus. So his "death", and subsequent "resurrection" plays a part in the overall story. Interesting take and interesting hub.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Awesome. Thank you.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      Just a FYI: George Reeves did the 1950s TV series and Christopher Reeve did the movies in the late 1970s/80s. Jim Reeves was a wonderful country western singer.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      When I grew up Superman was a top comic strip and comic book character. There were some movie serials but I never got to see them--it was before TV. My son was a young boy when the Jim Reeves Superman movie came out and I offered to take him to see it. He was totally disinterested.

      I liked the "Lois and Clark' series on tv later (if I have the title right)

      It seems that super heroes are a generational thing and I could not really speak for the current generations take on super heroes.

      However I do find you summary of it all to be interesting.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      Thank you.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub - love them both!

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      The new movie is good and is strong. I have heard Thelonious Monk. He is complex.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hello my friend I love your profile picture and it's so good to see you again - I've missed you. Love your passion here and the way you write - I don't know much about Superman , the comic book hero, but you certainly write like one ...... what do you think of the 'new' Superman movie out right now? Sending warm wishes to you at lake erie time canada 9:37pm do you like jazz listening to the righteous Thelonious Monk

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I think I sometimes see the Super man, idea, in this character and think what would be good is if a child, a son or daughter, takes on the weight of a greater parent's heritage. It might even be necessary for a group of people to carry the weight of this heritage in order to represent the great super defense.

      The Super man can die give him great death and epic memorial. It becomes the responsibility of a new generation to give us that hope, in comics and movies, fight off great evil with out fail etc.

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      I guess for me, it is hard to think of a super hero as dead. Superman is an icon, of what we wish could be of a man; one all powerful to save the world from evil men. I suppose its story might run dry, as if repeated too many times, it can get old, but it's the thought of his being, at least in fantasy that is important. Kind of sad for it to end, you know what I mean? Great hub though. Voted it me thinking. My sons have so many comic books, they got me hooked on a few of the heroes. I like watching their movies anyway. ; )

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I just felt a Superman son done right would be great. A Lex son with all the secrets and all the dirt out in the open with one another what kind of relationship would they build?

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      DC Comics did this in the 90s, killing off the character, introducing four new characters ("Superboy", Cyborg Superman, Steel, and the Eradicator) to take his place for about a year before Superman's return. DC is currently doing plenty to kill off the character in publication. They may have picked up some new readers with their new version of the character but lost many longtime readers such as myself. Oh, well. There's always back issues. And DC doesn't make any money from me off of the back issues.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      I am sorry Billybuc. I was talking about in the comic book sense of Superman he is so legendary but has not had his legendary fall yet.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm still grieving over the suicide of George Reeves, so I'm probably not the best one to comment on this. :)


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