"Who's Buried In Superman's Tomb?": On leave from Cadmus, Guardian apprehends a group of armed criminals in a stolen delivery van, when all of sudden Dubbilex contacts him telepathically telling him to return to Cadmus immediately.
Appearing in "Who's Buried In Superman's Tomb?"
- Paul Westfield
- Tony Rodriguez
- Walt Johnson
- John Gabrielli
- Pat MacGuire
- Tommy Thompkins
- Carl Packard
- Superman (Appears only as a corpse)
- Lois Lane
- Jonathan Kent
- Martha Kent
- Lana Lang
- Gretchen Kelley (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Who's Buried In Superman's Tomb?"
On leave from Cadmus, Guardian apprehends a group of armed criminals in a stolen delivery van, when all of sudden Dubbilex contacts him telepathically telling him to return to Cadmus immediately.
Lex Luthor, on his way to Centennial Park, confides to Sydney Happerson his feeling of paranoia about Superman's body being missing, considering that Superman might have faked his death just like himself. Luthor arrives at the park where Supergirl fills him in on the events she and Turpin encountered in the tomb. Maggie Sawyer asks Luthor why a tomb would be equipped with access vents and secret tunnels. Luthor says that the site had originally been planned to hold a time capsule, but were ideal for the construction of Superman's memorial statue. The group decide to reinvestigate the tunnel.
Guardian returns to find Paul Westfield overseeing Carl Packard trying to obtain tissue samples from Superman's body. Furious, Guardian goes after Westfield, but is held back by Dubbilex. Guardian says that even if Superman could be cloned, he would not his mind to put in the cloned body. Rodriguez says that mental impressions that Dubbilex previously absorbed from Superman could be enough if a clone is made. Reluctant, Guardian agress only on the condition that the project's head doctors be in charge, not Westfield.
While watching the news of the people missing in the wake of Doomsday's destruction, Lois is ready to take Jonathan, Martha, and Lana to the airport.
Back in the underground tunnels, Luthor accidentally sets off an explosive charge placed by Cadmus agents to seal up the path. Everybody survives, but the explosion cracked a spot in the cave that lies beneath Hobb's River, flooding parts of the cave. All parties agree to keep the news of Superman's missing tomb a secret so as not to create riots, even though a cult that worships Superman has set up camp outside the memorial. Everyone also knows Cadmus is responsible, with Sawyer and Turpin wondering what's Luthor's agenda is in all this, and Luthor dying to know what Westfield is working on in Cadmus.
Lois says goodbye to Jonathan and Martha. Lana and Lois have a tearful goodbye.
This issue is reprinted in the World Without a Superman trade paperback and the Superman: The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus.
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Adventures of Superman #499
Superman: The Man of Steel #21
The Death and Return of Superman