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"The Ghost of Superman": A black-and-white clad woman with a skull-painted face calling herself the Silver Banshee terrorizes Metropolis by rampaging through bookstores looking for a certain book while killing whoever she touches. When Superman confronts her, he discovers (though see


Quote1 You are also a fool, Superman. As all mortals are fools... It is not my touch that kills... It is my voice! Quote2
Silver Banshee

Action Comics #595 is an issue of the series Action Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1987.

Appearing in "The Ghost of Superman"

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Other Characters:

  • Construction Workers
    • Two Men (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Man (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Only appearance; dies)
  • Engel's Used Book Store Occupants
    • Two Men (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • One Woman (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Man (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Only appearance; dies)
  • Metropolis Police Department
  • Officer (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Bert (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Ben Friendly (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Jamie Sawyer (Unnamed) (Mentioned only)
  • Metropolis Special Crimes Unit
    • Midge (Cameo)
    • Vinnie (Cameo) (Only appearance; dies)
    • Vern (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Pee-wee Herman (Mentioned only)
  • Daily Planet Employees
    • Three Members (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • News Anchorman (Unnamed) (Cameo) (On a TV or computer screen) (Single appearance)
  • Mindy Cheng (Mentioned only)
  • Justice League International
  • Lex Luthor (Cameo)
  • LexCorp Personnel
    • Four Women (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Citizens of Metropolis (Cameo)
  • Manhunters
    • Five Members (Unnamed) (Cameo)

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Vehicles:

  • Metropolis Special Crimes Unit Van #15

Synopsis for "The Ghost of Superman"

A black-and-white clad woman with a skull-painted face calling herself the Silver Banshee terrorizes Metropolis by rampaging through bookstores looking for a certain book while killing whoever she touches. When Superman confronts her, he discovers (though seemingly a bit too late) that it's not her touch that kills, but rather her voice. As Metropolis mourns for the loss of Superman as he lies lifeless in his coffin, his ghost seemingly emerges to carry on the fight. As Silver Banshee plows through another bookstore in order to find the book, she confronts Superman's ghost, who is unaffected by her killing voice, nor by her deadly scream. As she vanishes, Superman appears alive, revealing that the Silver Banshee's voice had only rendered him unconscious, and that his "ghost" was really the Martian Manhunter, who both discover that the Silver Banshee's power has no effect over somebody whose identity is masked.



Notes

Trivia

  • At this point in the title's publishing history, Action Comics served as a Superman team-up book. The guest star for this issue was intended as a mystery with the cover copy reading, "Superman & ??????????". The surprise guest star for this issue was the Martian Manhunter.
  • This is the first time that Luthor is maddened to know that Superman would not have died by his hands. He would repeat this behavior when Superman died in the fight against Doomsday.



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