Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciler: Pat Olliffe
Inkers: Al Vey & Pam Eklund
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Colors: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: September 1996
Well, it had to happen at some point and I guess this was it. Sally Avril, the Bluebird, finally got herself killed. The really awesome thing was that it wasn’t even by fighting a bad guy or through crazy heroics. Instead, she took risks driving to a crime scene and got smashed by a truck. What a crazy turn of events! This had two really awesome effects: first, it made Spider-Man feel insanely guilty, because he convinced her to stop being Bluebird and, he reasoned, if he hadn’t he could have protected her in an actual battle, whereas on the road (trying to be a photographer) he wasn’t able to protect her. Spider-Man felt like complete shit, which makes for good reading.
The second cool effect is sending a good message to the kids at home: be careful kids! It doesn’t take big super-villains to kill you, stupid mistakes and traffic accidents can too! That Busiek sure is a thoughtful, civic-minded dude for laying that lesson on us. Seriously.