Superman #75 comic book value
the chromium age: superman #75 (dc comics)
Once a month, we take a look at some crazy-ass gimmick comic book companies used to get idiots (read: ME) to buy comic books in the 1990’s. Last month we looked at The Guardians of the Galaxy… this month, we’re taking a gander at Superman #75, published in 1992 by DC Comics.
I’m excited about this one because it involves me opening up my copy of the comic for the first time EVER. I bought this sucker TWENTY years ago. Let’s tear into it!
Gimmick: It’s a three-pronged gimmick here, folks.
1. Poly-bagged – The comic was sold sealed in a plastic bag. Traditionally, polybags have been made of clear plastic, but on Superman #75, DC Comics opted for a black bag onto which was printed the Superman “S” symbol, either dripping blood or consisting of blood. Your choice. What this meant was you had to buy two copies of the comic if you were going to collect the thing- one to open and read… and one to keep sealed forever.
2. Death of a prominent character – I debated whether to include this as a gimmick, as it’s more a story point… but since the story itself was a gimmick to goose sales, I suppose it fits here. Also superhero comic book companies would go batshit insane with killing/maiming prominent characters after seeing the sales bonanza that was Superman #75.
3. Extras within the polybag – At the very least, most comic companies would polybag your comic to include some kind of extra bonus… thing. Often it was a trading card of some kind. With a big event like the death of Superman, DC again brought out all the bells and whistles, including:
– An obituary page for Superman, written for The Daily Planet, printed on just the crappiest paper I’ve ever held. It’s like five rungs below newsprint and maybe one above toilet paper.
– Five “full-color commemorative stamps” (THESE ARE STICKERS, THE KIND YOU HAVE TO LICK TO PUT ON YOUR TRAPPER KEEPER, THEY ARE NOT STAMPS BUT THE POLYBAG TOLD ME THEY WERE STAMPS SO I’M TELLING YOU)