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Brandon Shepherd



I’ve recently acquired a new piece for my CGC Death and Return of Superman set, Superman #v2 #73 (11/92). This book completes a set of four, which serves as a bookend to a much larger set. Why? The four Superman titles cover dated November 1992 each contained a teaser page, the last page, warning us that "Doomsday is coming!"


While the stories for each of these books had nothing to do with the forthcoming "Doomsday!" storyline, beginning in Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (12/92), the last page for each issue showed a mysterious arm, pounding through a metal wall. 


The four teaser issues have always been hard for me to find. I started when I was a kid, I only found two of the four, Superman: The Man of Steel #17 and Action Comics #683, both second printings. I did manage to finally find nice raw copies of Superman #73 and Adventures of Superman #496 as a twenty something in the 2000s, I thought then I had completed this special set within a set, but I decided to go for a CGC set. I guess you could say the nice raw copies I found were only teasers...

Finally getting Superman #73 in a CGC 9.8 holder marks the end of an 11 year search, now I have all four issues in CGC 9.8 holders.


"Here Be Monsters"


 Won on eBay: 12/16/2012 - $34.05


"Time Ryders!"

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 “Truth and Consequences”


Won on eBay: 2/6/2011 - $49.00


"The Trial of the Jackal"


eBay BIN: 11/26/2008 - $29.99


I really enjoy all four covers, Superman #73 and Action Comics #683 are tied for my favorite. I still search out raw copies to this day, I rarely see them but snag them when I can.

Update: 07/09/2020

The search continues for Superman #73 Second Printing.


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I may not have had a raw copy of Superman #73 as a kid but I did get to read the story back them since it was re-printed in Superman: Time and Time Again (1994).




Foreshadowing of events to come?


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2 minutes ago, onlyweaknesskryptonite said:

Congrats! Those look awesome!:cloud9:

Thank you. It's too bad Cliff Clavin and the gang at the USPS didn't take better care of the package during transit, the holder for MOS #17 2nd print arrived cracked! What really stinks is the holder is flawless otherwise, without Newton Rings and an inner well that is a good fit for the book, meaning there's not enough space for the book to get SCS. Getting a holder with those two qualities is like catching lighting in a bottle anymore. I'm also hesitant to send it in anytime soon for a re-holder thanks to some troubling and recent experiences. 

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1 hour ago, Vfactor1 said:

Nice Brandon! Always love seeing your new acquisitions!!

Sorry about the case damage!

Thank you Vfactor! It's okay about the case thou, at least the crack is on the side and not obstructing the view of the book.

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1 hour ago, 1950's war comics said:

i always liked Mr Mxyzptlk covers !! 

do you remember in this issue how Superman was able to make him say his name backwards ??

I do not recall, I think this story was different.

Let's find out! 



Spoiler Alert!




I forgot all about the Watchmen reference!







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39 minutes ago, Iconic1s said:

Thought this journal needed a bump...was very lucky to get this back a couple submissions ago.  Won the raw book on eBay for $6.79 and submitted through CCS.  Probably one of my most satisfying personal results.


Very impressive!

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