My ongoing review of the 30th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths has hit its peak with my review of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 and the death of Supergirl.
One of the topics that I have touched upon in prior posts has been DC's decision that Supergirl was expendable. Somewhere along the way, the powers that be at the company felt that killing off Supergirl was no big loss.
I also have talked about how this issue gave Supergirl a sort of legacy, a sort of ragnarok which has carried over to other incarnations, a sort of destiny to sacrifice herself to save the universe.
Still, no one knew about that feeling and three other incarnations when Crisis #7 came out. All Supergirl fans knew were that she was dead and apparently coming back.
Now a lot of Supergirl fans have aimed their enmity at Marv Wolfman. And he certainly deserves some of the blame for helping craft the story of her death.
But someone who doesn't always get mentioned as often as Wolfman is Dick Giordano, a legendary inker and vice president/executive editor at the time Crisis was being released.
Over in Back Issue #34 Micheal Eury interviewed Giordano. Giordano was one of the voices who felt that Supergirl needed to die, needed to be on the famous or infamous 'Crisis kill list'.
As seen in the Absolute Crisis on Infinite Earths and elsewhere (such as this Back Issue issue) we see a hand written note from Giordano to then DC President Jenette Kahn.
Giordano pressed Kahn for an answer. Can they kill Supergirl? Yes? No? Only if we have a new Supergirl soon? None of the above?
It is interesting that Kahn initially checked off 'none of the above' only to then change her mind and go 'yes'.
I suppose that if this happened today, this would be an email or text. I am glad this note survived for historical reference.
Later in that interview, we see that Giordano did not hold Supergirl in high regard. He disparagingly called her 'Superman with boobs'. And he says she 'never did really add anything to the Superman mythos', at least not for him.
He never regretted the decision to kill her off.
It is a shame that Giordano looked at 25 years of Supergirl stories and didn't see any value in them.
What would have happened if Kahn stuck to her guns and stayed with 'none of the above'? What would have happened if Kahn checked 'no'?
It was that note that led to comic history.