The third chapter of the Krypton Man storyline takes place in the oversized Adventures of Superman 480 (July 1991), with a huge cast of artists. And supporting characters, for that matter. Jerry Ordway scripts, with pencils by Tom Grummett, Curt Swan, Jon Bogdanove, Jim Mooney, Art Thibert, Bob McLeod, and Dan Jurgens, and inks by Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Brett Breeding.
The Eradictor has formed a human-ish body (or I guess I should say, a Kryptonian-ish body), and is able to fight Superman toe to toe.
But their battle pretty much takes a back seat in this issue to the lives of the other characters. Vinnie Edge has taken over as CEO of Galaxy Communications while his son Morgan is in prison, and makes a play for Cat Grant, who reluctantly goes along with it.
Jose has been looking after Adam, but gets mugged and dragged away while the two are in the park. Adam has no idea what to do, and winds up leaving a panicked phone message for his mother.
Ron Troupe makes his debut, though it is not a really impressive one. He comes to the Planet looking for a job, but is fobbed off by Foswell, who has been working as editor while Perry White and his wife are on the Caribbean cruise with the Kents. The cruise itself is suffering from dangerous seas, a result of the Krypton Man’s climactic manipulations.
Emil Hamilton is at the Fortress, working on Mr. Z’s strange gemstone. He decides to try out the Kryptonian battle suit for some entertainment.
Krypton Man gets the best of Superman, hurling him into the sun and coming down to Earth.
He announces that he is here to teach humans about the superior ways of Kryptonians. He callously murders soldiers in a tank as he refashions the machine into a statue of Lincoln-as-Kyptonian, and does the same thing with a Big Belly Burger sign, referring to it as the “food god,” which I particularly enjoyed.
Jose has been kidnapped by a crippled gang member who wants to know his secret for being able to walk again. Jose has no patience for these fools.
Superman eventually makes it back to Earth, but is exhausted.
While the Krypton Man senses someone not Kryptonian in the Fortress, and is incensed to see Hamilton in the battle suit.
The story concludes in the next issue of Action.