I didn’t think too much of the death of Superman storyline, but Ordway, Grummett and Hazelwood do an excellent job with Adventures of Superman 498 (Jan. 93), the first chapter of Funeral for a Friend.
The story picks up immediately after Superman’s death, with him and Doomsday still lying in the street. Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are there, along with Dubbliex and the Guardian, and members of the SCU under Maggie Sawyer and Dan Turpin.
Turpin literally stumbles across Supergirl, reduced to her protoplasmic form. Lex Luthor Jr carries her to safety.
Cat Grant has an impressive scene, getting Lois Lane out of her shock, reminding her that they have jobs to do in this situation.
But her son, Adam, still show nothing but contempt for Superman, even though this infuriates Jose Delgado. Jose wonders if it is time to become Gangbuster again.
But by far the best scene in the issue is the one page showing the Kents watching this all live on television. From the first time I read this, the scene always chokes me up.
With Emil Hamilton’s help, and Bibbo holding the paddles, an attempt is made to jump start Superman’s heart. But even with all the power they can send through his body, Superman remains lying there dead. Back at the Daily Planet, Perry White asks Jimmy Olsen to chose which of his photos will be the cover for the next issue, the defining shot of Superman’s death, and he picks the one that serves as the cover for this issue.
The story continues in the next issue of Action.
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