Dilbert Trilby, the Daily Bugle's jaded obituary writer, conducted thorough interviews with former classmates, neighbors, co-workers, and associates of Otto Octavius, alias Dr. Octopus, for an advance obituary to keep on file in the event of Octavius' demise.
Trilby also filed obituaries for Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers, all of which were used when the heroes were reported dead only to later be retracted.
Learning of Dr. Octopus' return from the dead from fellow reporter Ben Urich, Trilby questioned the good of even writing the obituaries for reported deceased superhumans if they all show up again. Complimented on his research into Octavius' past, Trilby and Urich discussed the life of Dr. Octopus and his connection to Spider-Man, occasionally speculating on how different things might have turned out for him. Arriving at Octavius' death, Trilby questioned how he could have come back from death when every witness and police officer questioned confirmed his demise. Assured by Urich that the death must have been a hoax, Trilby questioned whether or not people can't really come back from the dead.
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