Another Adams cover on Action 364 (June 1968), as Dorfman, Andru and Esposito continue the Virus X saga.
Superman gets out of the cliffhanger from last episode, simply by doffing his clothes, and appearing to Lois as Superman.
Luthor announces that he is able to cure Superman’s disease. He was the one who created it, after all. His men produce the infected cat, which Luthor’s cure works on. He demands a million dollars.
Luthor gets his money, but it’s all a scam. It was not the same cat. Luthor just wanted to hold out the cure, and then laugh in Superman’s face. Asshole.
Supergirl plans to send Superman into the Phantom Zone. Jax-Ur and Professor Vakox protest, not knowing if the plague would spread to them and others in the Zone. Superman agrees, and tricks Supergirl into entering Kandor, and then seals her in.
Feeling death approaching, Superman makes a farewell speech, wearing a mask to look the way he wants to be remembered. Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane are at the funeral, but neither had major roles in this tale. Superman is fired into space to die.
The story continues in the next issue.