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The Death and Return of Superman Multiple Printing Saga

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Brandon Shepherd

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I found The Death of Superman TPB at Kroger in early 1994, I was 11 going on 12, this was the beginning of my journey into this wonderful hobby. I had heard of this “event” but I was so late to the party that it was over, the Death and Return of Superman saga was a trilogy of three storylines, "Doomsday!", "Funeral for a Friend" and "Reign of the Superman!", all ancient history by '94. After I got The Death of Superman TPB I searched out issues for  "Funeral for a Friend" and "Reign of the Superman!," not an easy task for a kid with no job (or allowance 'cause I never did chores), who's only transportation were his parents or the school bus. I was able to catch up thanks to several Toys R Us trips, where late comers like myself could pick up various sets of comics, with a lot of Superman books. I found most of the issues I needed for "Funeral for a Friend" this way. As I got more into collecting I decided I wanted to have the individual "Doomsday!" issues, even thou I had them nicely collected in TPB form, after another Toy R Us trip, I got all those issues from a box set. 

As I started accumulating price guides, poly bags and backing boards a monster began to gestate, who became concerned about condition and value. I then discovered there were actually multiple printings for many of these issues, and that the first printings were worth more! Each printing after the first edition was notated by a roman numeral, next to the issue number and price on the top left corner of each cover. While the cover art was the same with each subsequent printing the title logo color scheme changed for each issue’s printing. Suddenly, the 2nd, 3rd and so on printings I had were tarnished in my eye. All of my "Doomsday!" issues were later printings, and not worth the paper they were printed on, and most of my 'Funeral' issues were the same. As the years went on, and the prices went down, I replaced many of my later printings with first prints, recycling the paper rags I had before.

Then CGC came along....

Around 2007 I decided to start CGC Registry set for this storyline, all 9.8, first prints only.  By the early 2010's I re-discovered the later printings, where I became enticed by the thrill and challenge of trying to find these books in high grade. I love how unexpected all of this was, I know I never thought the later printings would ever be collectible, and I think it's safe to say I wasn't the only one. 

Here are my CGC examples thus far, keeping the thrill of the hunt alive. 

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Some of my childhood books also survived, thankfully. 

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I found Superman #75 4th printing and Action #685 2nd printing in the wild and subbed them myself, they're my two favorites. I dropped them off at Denver Comic Con in 2016, it was my first submission since joining the Collectors Society in 2006. :cloud9:

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New addition to the collection, Adventures of Superman #497 (12/92) Second Printing, currently 1 of 4 in 9.8 grade. I won this on eBay for only $13.50, maybe the price was low because the auction ended the same night as Game of Thrones, or not that many people really care? I'm really pleased to add this to the collection, the book itself is beautiful. I just need the third print now, there are currently 2 in 9.8 out there somewhere. 

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7 hours ago, Vfactor1 said:

Wow Brandon, super jealous you got that steal...

Chad

 

5 hours ago, 1950's war comics said:

you practically stole that for $13.50 !!!!

I wonder if the seller was like, “if you wanted to rob me you could have just used a gun!” 

The book was originally listed as a BIN several months ago for over $150. The book had been re-listed a few times with a few price reductions but still over $100. 

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1 hour ago, FoggyNelson said:

Did ship cost more than slab itself? Nice pick up 👍👍🆒

Almost, shipping was $12.95.

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Last week I excitedly said “yes” out loud during breakfast. I checked my eBay app therefore finding an auction for a book with my name on it.

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This book is the first copy of this issue’s second printing to be certified in 9.8 grade.

This year has already brought my way Superman #74 third printing and Adventures of Superman #497 second printing, both part of Doomsday! I only found one multiple printing for my set last year, but that was the first one in a few years.

I was very lucky recently.

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After a week of checking eBay my time finally came.

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I try not to lose myself in moments where judgement succumbs to rashness but I’m only human.

Spoiler

It was my time to lose!

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Yes my time came, it was my time to be surprised. 

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Wow Brandon, over $300 bucks! That’s a lot of dough, but a nice book!

I take it you didn’t win it, but maybe someday?

 

Chad

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8 hours ago, Vfactor1 said:

Wow Brandon, over $300 bucks! That’s a lot of dough, but a nice book!

I take it you didn’t win it, but maybe someday?

 

Chad

Yes that is a lot of dough, and correct, I did not win it. I wonder how long it will take for another 9.8 to appear in the population report. Hopefully this sale will prompt others with large inventories to search this book out. It’s all about patience.

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