Superheroes dies so commonly in modern comics that the shtick has lost its potency. Everyone dies, only to be be reborn, revived, or revised, or all three. When Bucky Barnes returned at the Winter Soldier, the notion that a comic book character could die for all time died with his revival. One of the most famous superhero sagas ever was the death of Superman from the 90's. So a humble one-issue story by Jerry Seigel, Curt Swan and Stan Kaye titled "The Death of Superman!" has little power today. But in the Silver Age maybe it might still carry some weight, although as an "Imaginary Novel" its impact is limited of course.
|Not this death -- an earlier one.|
I liked this one a lot, but mostly because it vindicated Superman's scheme to hold Supergirl back as a secret reserve. She proved to be the unknowable element which Luthor could not account for and proved herself to be a worthy successor to her cousin. Seeing Supergirl as Earth's one and only Kryptonian defender (aside from the dog of course) at the story's end was a mighty satisfying sight, even if it was only for this one-shot imaginary tale. That's the kind of emotional punch these kinds of offbeat yarns were created for.