I'm taking a brief respite from the reviews to take a look at how The Man of Steel came about. All of this information is available on the internet; I am not going to be revealing anything earth-shatteringly new.
Crisis on Infinite Earths was originally conceived as a massive crossover to celebrate the 50th anniversary of DC Comics. Marv Wolfman, the wrtier, and Len Wein, the editor, identified the series as a chance to clean up and simplify continuity. Over the course of the 12 issues, all drawn by George Pérez, worlds and characters died, and in March 1986, the Anti-Monitor was defeated and the DC multiverse was finally distilled down to one Earth with one consistent history.
The end of Crisis on Infinite Earths provided DC comics with the opportunity to put into action a plan that had been discussed in the years running up to the Crisis - a revision of Superman's history. Various submissions had been made to the then-publisher and president Jenette Khan. Although these submissions were all individual and different, several consistent elements occured, including removing Superman's career as Superboy, revising Lex Luthor, and making Superman the only survivor of Krypton.
In July 1986, the first issue of The Man of Steel was released. Two months later, in September of 1986, Alan Moore's story 'Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow' arrived, definitively wrapping up and bringing to a close all Superman stories published before The Man of Steel.
Superman was dead.
Long live Superman!
Next on World of Superman: Enough messing around, it's time to take a look at the birth of a new Superman - The Man of Steel #1!