Who can resist a comic book story entitled “The Death of Superman”? Depicted above is the 1997 graphic novel collecting various issues of assorted Superman titles originally published in 1995 and 1996. We’d never heard of this proceeding, certainly one that could compete for the coveted “trial of the century” moniker. Wikipedia summarizes the story as follows:
Weakened after a titanic battle with the monstrous villain Parasite, Superman inexplicably finds himself shackled and under arrest by a group of intergalactic officers. Taken to another galaxy, the Man of Steel has his powers negated and is instantly put on trial by a fearsome alien tribunal. Discovering that one of his relatives contributed to the annihilation of the Kryptonian race, Superman is found guilty of the crime due to ancestry and sentenced to death. Now with his powers depleted and the jury in, Superman, with the help of Superboy, Steel, Eradictor, Supergirl, Alpha Centurion, and a mysterious fellow prisoner called Mope must find a way to escape his sentence before his execution; but the alien tribunal has enlisted the help of the Cyborg Hank Henshaw to prevent Superman from escaping due punishment.
We’re not sure what rules of procedure would apply in that setting, but we bet Superman found his way out of that situation somehow.
Congratulations are in order! Our own John T. Lay was elected as a new member to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Board of Directors at their Annual Meeting in July. For more information, please see here.
“So what if they probably let a guilty man go free?” writes Mike D’Angelo of The Onion A.V. Club in a piece entitled “Did 12 Angry Men get it wrong?” Very interesting reading, that.