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Superman: Day of Doom

“Chapter One: Doomsday”

Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2003
Released November 13, 2002

Cover Price: $2.95
Guide Price: $3.00 (as of 2011)
Estimated Issue Sales: 34,582 Rating
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Superman: Day of Doom, Vol. 1, #1. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Bill Sienkiewicz
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: John E. Workman
Assistant Editor: Lysa Hawkins
Editor: Eddie Berganza

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Cover Description: Superman, wearing a torn costume, assumes a fighting pose as the silhouetted Doomsday stands behind him. (No Booster Gold.)

Brief Synopsis: A reporter interviews Booster Gold and Blue Beetle for a retrospective story on the death of Superman.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Supporting (Booster Gold plays a lesser role)

Costume Worn: MARK XI armored power-suit

Issue Notes: This issue is the first of four in a mini-series commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the "Death of Superman" storyline.

Reprint Notes: This issue has been collected in Superman: Day of Doom.

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Page 13, panel 3
Blue Beetle II and Booster Gold arrive in Metropolis' Centennial Park for an interview with Daily Planet reporter Ty Duffy. Duffy has been assigned to write the Daily Planet's annual retrospective of the Superman/Doomsday battle from Superman, Vol. 2, #75, published in with a cover date of January 1993. These two books were published exactly a decade apart, but the story within gives no concrete clues to how many years have actually passed within the DC Universe timeline.

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Page 13, panel 4
Beetle's comment about Guy Gardner being a woman is a reference to Guy Gardner, Warrior #42, in which Guy Gardner was indeed briefly a woman.

Page 14, panel 1
Booster's comment about Blue Beetle being "the fattest super-hero" is a reference to Beetle's weight problem around the time of the "Breakdowns" storyline in Justice League America, issues #54 through #60.

Page 16, panel 2
Booster and Beetle's memories of their encounter with Doomsday are an accurate retelling of the events depicted in Justice League America #69.

Page 19, panel 2
Booster points out that he gave Doomsday his name...

Page 20, panel 2
...a name that he tried to trademark a few weeks later. Unfortunately a "comic book company" beat him to it. Booster has a long history of trouble with comic book companies, dating back to the manipulation of Blaze Comics creators Benny & Marty for the secrets of Booster Gold's technology. The perpetrator of that crime, the criminal organization the 1000, was once headquartered here in Centennial Park.

Page 20, panel 3
Booster admits that the only thing that he won't do for money is eat Rocky Mountain Oysters. Rocky Mountain Oysters are generally considered a delicacy in the American West. The recipe is comprised primarily of bull testicles.

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Boosterrific Review: A decade after the events of the "Death of Superman" storyline, writer Dan Jurgens investigates the legacy of the story within the DC Universe. This seems like a great excuse for a story, but the first issue of this mini-series serves only as a nostalgic recreation of past events, barely managing to tell any new story at all.

Boosterrific Rating:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
Gold Standard.

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