This story, which ended the continuity of the original (pre-1986) Superman, deserves to be known as the better Superman death story. It's more mature and more intelligent, without page after page of Superman and a supervillain pounding each other. It's actually sadder and more full of death than the Doomsday arc, with the deaths of some of Superman's friends and also the deaths of at least four major Superman enemies. But all the death, and Superman's disappearance from the world (he does not die in public), are handled without the Doomsday arc's pathetic hand-wringing or excessive emphasis on how the world loves Superman.
-Good characters: Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Jimmy Olsen, Perry White, Perry White's estranged wife, Supergirl, Legion of Superheroes, others
-Villains: Toyman, Prankster, Bizarro, Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Kryptonite Man, Myxyptlk(sp?), others