Superman #75 hit stands on Wednesday, November 18, 1992. Twenty years ago today.
It sold some 3 million copies, and they went back to press for four printings, even before the inexpensive trade paperback. The Superman titles went on hiatus for three months, and then the Reign of the Supermen arc brought Superman back to life, introduced new heroes and villains, and destroyed Coast City.
Even with the New 52 reboot, the story's still had a significant lasting influence. Superboy continues to be a DC mainstay with his own title. Steel has been retrofitted back into Superman's New 52 origin story, and he was the only non-Silver Age character to be included in Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier. Even given the vagueries of New 52 continuity, it appears that Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday may still be part of his backstory. The whole story was loosely adapted as an animated movie. It also set off the 90s trend of big event stories, and as some would argue, the death and return of Superman has had a lasting effect on the use of 'death' as a plot device in comics overall.
The Death of Superman was one of the two things that introduced me to comics, and it was certainly my introduction to superhero comics and the DCU. As such, it's had a lasting effect on my life, and it means that this year also marks me being a comic reader for 20 years. It's hard to believe it's been that long.