Jim Starlin ~ Art Process for the Death of Captain Marvel.
This was one of the truly great books of the ’80s. Starlin had Marvel succumb to cancer. Not a slugfest with some villain. Cancer. He got cancer from an earlier issue of Starlin’s tenure on the character when he was fighting Nitro and he got gassed or something. Nitro later became infamous as the guy that blew up Stamford and kick started Marvel’s “Civil War” event book.
Anyways, by having Mahr Vehl succumb to Cancer, Jim Starlin forced the characters -and by extension, the readers- to deal with the inevitability of life. The book is not a really long funeral. It is more like a highlight real of Captain Marvel’s exploits. This book celebrates life, and it does not cheapen the death of a character in the process. Really, really great book.