Superman: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 26

Apokolips...Now! (2)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 14, 1998 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Darkseid invades Earth with the help of Steppenwolf. With help from the citizens of Metropolis and the arrival of troops from New Genesis, Superman is able to stop his advance, but not without losses.

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  • Not The End...

    My summary for this review is from what was on the screen after it faded to black, "Not The End".

    This can be taken in many ways. One of the ways is that this wasn't the end of Superman battling against Darkseid, which it wasn't.

    It can also be taken to mean that the battle against evil isn't over, which it never is.

    But what I take it to mean is this: Dan Turpin Is Not Dead!

    There is an old adage in comic books, "If there's no body, there's no death." Inspector Turpin was blasted with beams from Darkseid's eyes, true, and yes, there was a wisp of smoke after they hit the spot where Turpin was standing.

    But what what many people don't know is that "The Omega Effect", as it is called, can kill, but what many might not recall is that Darkseid also "blasted" Kalibak, and as we all saw, Kalibak was alive and kicking in this episode.

    I believe that Inspector Daniel Turpin is on Apokolips, deep within the area known as "Armagetto", or at the very least, in a sub-Apokoliptian cell beneath Granny Goodness' Orphanage.

    I believe that he will be found by the unlikeliest of saviors, and returned to Earth.

    Hmm, what I just wrote isn't a review, it's more of a commentary. It probably belongs on a message board. Oh well. :o/moreless
Steve Sandor

Steve Sandor


Guest Star

Laraine Newman

Laraine Newman

Toby Raynes

Guest Star

Sherman Howard

Sherman Howard


Guest Star

Michael Ironside

Michael Ironside


Recurring Role

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Joseph Bologna

Joseph Bologna

Dan Turpin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (8)

    • According to commentaries, some of the inkers used for this episode were people who'd worked with Kirby on much of his New Gods work.

    • Bruce Timm considers Turpin's murder and subsequent funeral the ragnarok of the sob scenes of the DC-based animated series he's worked on.

    • While writing the second half of the episode, the producers knew that someone close to Superman would die at Darkseid's hands. They initally had thoughts on Ma and Pa Kent, but decided against it after DC said they could kill them, but only if they brought them back. Timm and the other producers wanted the death to stick, so they opted to off Turpin instead.

    • Desaad appears but has no lines.

    • At one point, Superman is fighting the parademons in front of a building shaped like a half-circle with a center beam - it looks very much like the Hall of Justice from various incarnations of "Superfriends."

    • Probably as a nod to Kirby, many other members of the New Gods are visible in the background when Orion and Highfather show up, such as Metron, Big Barda, and Mister Miracle.

    • Continuing character Dan Turpin dies in this episode. His gravestone reads:

      "Daniel Turpin
      Earth's Greatest

    • This episode is dedicated to the memory of Jack Kirby (1917-1994). The dedication appears at the end of the episode and reads as follows: "This episode is dedicated to the memory of Jack Kirby/ Long Live The King". Jack Kirby was one of the most influential and respected illustrator and creator of comic books. Amoung the characters he created or co-created are Captain America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Boy Commandos, Challengers of the Unknown, The New Gods, Kamandi, Darkseid, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Captain Victory, The Silver Surfer, The Mighty Thor and many others.


    • Allusion: Superman and Darkseid on the mountain

      The scene in which Darkseid approaches Superman on a mountain and offers him a place at his side is a biblical reference. In the Gospels, Jesus was tempted by Satan when he went to the desert to fast and pray.