REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN!

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Brandon Shepherd

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REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN!

The third act in the Death and Return of Superman saga. Beginning in the final pages Adventures of Superman #500 (June, 1993) with four separate first sightings of four men appearing with the Superman emblem.

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Each creative team for the four Superman titles had their own ideas on how Superman could return. The editorial decision at the time was to use all four ideas, with four very different Supermen appearing in Metropolis. 

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These 'REIGN' books are a pain to collect in 9.8, eBay auctions can end with a bargain or a pricey bidding war. They are also all over online with pricey BINs.

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My collection thus far:

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At last!

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The ‘Reign’ section of my set needed some serious lovin’. 
 

I’m really pleased with this piece, a great cover and a very solid 9.8. This book has been difficult to track down, there have been several 9.8 examples of this book on eBay and MyComicShop.com but they were always listed above $100. My patience paid off when this book was finally listed on eBay as a regular auction, with a starting bid of $0.99 and an ending bid of less than $50.

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I remember seeing this watch in a department store display case as a kid, it was before I started collecting comic books, which would have been sometime in '93 when I saw it. I heard about the death of Superman and the watch had me curious, this was the first seed planted.

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Oh no, there are coin variations!

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 MIB! 1993 Fossil limited edition watch "Reign Of The Supermen ...

I also saw this, listed as unreleased, I would have loved to have had this as a kid.

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1 minute ago, Iconic1s said:

Congrats!  Love that cover!  Always thought that Supergirls’s pose was reminiscent of Superman’s on the cover of Superman 1.

Thank you, this is actually my second 9.8 of this book. I got my first one eight years ago really cheap, then I sold it a few years later on the boards along with a 9.8 AOS #500, which I got for only $24.99. I made a big purchase and I figured theses cheapie books would be easy to get again.

Well, now a days AOS #500 regular edition goes for at least $90 in 9.8. I regret that decision now, as I had both books in 9.8 holders for less than $50... :tonofbricks:

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3 hours ago, Brandon Shepherd said:

Check out this YouTube gem on Adventures of Superman #500 from 1993!
 

 

Really cool!!  Fun also just to look around the store in the shots to see what is laying around in the background.  This frame caught my eye... Adventure of Superman 499 on the counter...

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Thanks for posting that!  That was awesome!

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I saw that too, I also liked seeing all those Newstimes in the background. Man, so many copies of #500, I still can’t believe a 9.8 goes for $80 to $100!

I was actually searching for a commercial I remembered seeing as a kid, about the Reign of the Supermen. I only saw it once in ‘93, it was for a contest to pick the real Superman of the four, with a Super Nintendo as one of the prizes. Still looking.

Also, stay tuned for some upcoming Reign of the Supermen additions!

P.S. I noticed this comic in the background also, talk about out of context! (tsk)
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11 minutes ago, Brandon Shepherd said:

Also, stay tuned for some upcoming Reign of the Supermen additions!

Can’t wait!!

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On 11/4/2020 at 5:08 PM, Brandon Shepherd said:

I saw that too, I also liked seeing all those Newstimes in the background. Man, so many copies of #500, I still can’t believe a 9.8 goes for $80 to $100!

I was actually searching for a commercial I remembered seeing as a kid, about the Reign of the Supermen. I only saw it once in ‘93, it was for a contest to pick the real Superman of the four, with a Super Nintendo as one of the prizes. Still looking.

Also, stay tuned for some upcoming Reign of the Supermen additions!

P.S. I noticed this comic in the background also, talk about out of context! (tsk)
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Action Comics Vol 1 399 | DC Database | Fandom

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11 minutes ago, Brandon Shepherd said:

I have this one in 9.8 also! 
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:bigsmile:

One of my favorite stories.  I didnt get to buy comics very often so missed that issue but it was in superman from the 30s to the 70s which I got for christmas.
Superman: From the Thirties to the Seventies: E. Nelson Bridwell:  9780517190333: Amazon.com: Books

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Gourmet Mom on-the-Go: Kool-Aid Fun, Oh Yeah!

Just arrived!

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The real Superman wakes up in the Fortress of Solitude, wearing black Kryptonian recovery gear, now known as the black suit, which has achieved much popularity over the years and probably has its own Twitter account. Because of this suit’s first appearance this book will now set you back at least $100 to get in 9.8 grade.  :eyeroll:

 

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2020 has been a terrible year no doubt but it's almost over. This year alone I've manage to accumulate quite a few books for my Reign of the Supermen set. Perhaps this is fitting, the Reign of the Supermen storyline mirrors this terrible year in a way. Like 2020 the storyline begins with great uncertainty, four Supermen appear after Superman's death, adding to the chaos and confusion, then things get really bad... Then finally the real Superman returns.

My latest addition is the final book to done the Reign of the Supermen header.

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The reign is over and what a cover! We have Supergirl, The Eradicator, Superboy, Black Suit Superman, Steel, Green Lantern, and the real Superman now with a flapping mullet that would give the Intimidator a run for his money. Superman is back and better than ever baby! 

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One last addition to my 2020 reign.

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I purchased another CGC 9.8 example of this book last October, however, I noticed later on that the top staple rusted. I probably should have tried to return it but I sold it off, with a rusty disclaimer. It's wired to see staple rust on a book from this era but the book came from a seller in Hawaii, probably the climate. Anyway, this piece is much more stronger in eye appeal and in a new holder to boot.

2020 was a terrible year to say the least but I was able to acquire several Reign of the Supermen pieces. Here's to a better 2021, Happy New Year!

 

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