Byrne and Williams introduce a new villain for Superman, and a mysterious ghost star, in Action 595 (Dec. 87).
Maggie Sawyer, the head of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit, and her second in command, Dan Turpin, had both been introduced in the pages of Superman in the last year, and have their first appearances in Action as they pursue the Silver Banshee, a woman who appears to be able to kill with her touch, as she searches bookstores in the city.
Superman’s attention gets drawn. The Banshee is unable to kill a man who she thought she had already attacked, an important clue to the nature of her powers. She has no such trouble with Superman.
And leaves him lying dead on the ground. It’s not her touch that is fatal, it’s her voice. Which is kind of obvious, if you know her name is Silver Banshee.
Lois Lane and Lex Luthor are both shocked to hear about Superman’s death. Lois actually handles it better, Lex is so jealous that he did not kill him. The Justice League are mournful, and we see Batman, Black Canary and the Martian Manhunter.
Perry White chokes on his words as Superman’s ghost visibly rises from his coffin during the funeral.
Superman’s ghost fares much better than Superman did against the Silver Banshee.
Her frustration leads to a scream that seems to destroy her, but there is clearly much more to this villain, and she returns in the pages of Superman within the year.
The Martian Manhunter was really the ghost. Superman was almost killed by the Banshee. Her power seemed cued to identity, the reason she was not able to kill the man she thought she had met before. The Martian Manhunter could not be killed by Banshee, as she thought she was trying to kill Superman’s ghost.
A good intro for the villain. Showing Martian Manhunter early on made it easy to figure out though.