Well agreeing to disagree on this point, I would like to turn the conversation back to the thread at hand.
One of the excellent things about Byrne's Superman was that he made Supes a real character and Clark Kent much more than just window dressing for that character. I really thought it did a lot for the character that Ma and Pa Kent were returned to life.
The issue where Superman returned was an excellent story about Pa Kent saving Superman's soul. I remember thinking that Steel was the recipient of part of Superman's spirit in his origin story but nothing much came of that.
What did everybody else think about the actual return of Superman issue, and the idea that there was very little follow up to it?