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Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  9,544 ratings  ·  216 reviews
An unforgettable trade paperback collection of WATCHMEN writer Alan Moore's definitive Superman tales that is sure to appeal of readers of his BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE graphic novel. Moore teams with Curt Swan, the definitive Superman artist from the 1950's through the 1970's, to tell the final adventure of the Man of Steel featuring his last stand against Lex Luthor, Brai ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by DC Comics (first published 1985)
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It's hard (for me, anyway) to rate this one properly.

This is the historic Final Farewell to the Silver Age Superman story. It's one of those things you have to read.
No doubt about it, you've just gotta do it.

I just wish I'd read it back in 1986. Don't get me wrong, it was good. Just...meeeeh not mind-blowing.
What can I say? It's 25 years old, and it shows.

5 stars for the Important Moment in Comics factor
1 star for the ugly 80's art (I can't help how I feel!)
3 stars for an ok plot


There were many comics during the 1980s that really helped redefine the comic book industry, such as Frank Miller’s classic “Batman” story, “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” which helped redefine Batman into a darker and edgier character. Another comic that really stood out for DC comics during the 1980s was none other than “Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” which was actually the final “Superman” story to be written in the style of the silver age comics. Afte
Timothy Stone
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow is possibly one of the most influential and prominent Superman tales ever written in the history of that character. It arguably set the stage for the later tone of the '90's comics, though that is more of a case of writers completely missing the boat on what Alan Moore was doing in writing MoT.

Shortly after the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz was looking to tell a big story to finish up the combined Gold
Sam Quixote
This is the last Superman story from the original line of comics before John Byrne relaunched the title in 1986 with “Man of Steel”, and who better to end it than celebrated 80s comics virtuoso Alan Moore? In this final adventure, Superman faces his greatest foes in a showdown outside his Fortress of Solitude before he bows out.

Alan Moore has always been a writer whom I’ve been told repeatedly is the greatest comics writer ever but whenever I read him, I’m never fully convinced of that. “Whatev
Nicolo Yu
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Deluxe Edition hardcover is a collection of 3 Alan Moore penned tales from the original Superman continuity before the line was relaunched and reimagined.
The first story, whose title is also the name of this collection, “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow”, is originally a two-part tale that originally ran on the two Superman monthlies. This is the story; long time Superman editor Julius Schwartz commissioned Moore to end his run on the
Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: m
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Eeeek! This passes as a classic super-hero story? It's an alright story, but it certainly isn't a classic. It's a throw-away "what if?" story.

Superman's last days are recalled by Lois Lane ten years after Superman's death. The recently married Lois Elliot gets interviewed by a guy from the Daily Planet in order to write a piece for a Superman Memorial edition of the paper.

I didn't recognize any of Superman's foes, not being a well-read Superman fan, except for Lex Luther.

The panel with the other
I had never actually gotten around to reading this until it came out in the Deluxe Hardcover.
My thought was... sure it's a good story (it is Alan Moore after all), but it didn't exactly blow me away. I'm sure I'd read other stories "retiring" Superman in the past. This one stood above them all, but still, that wasn't as high as most of hte other stuff I'd read by Moore.
The art, I thought, was so-so, it wasn't bad, but again I've seen alot better.
I understand that this was a "farewell" to the Sup
Perhaps this is not the first book to read about superman, kind of ironic now that I think about it. However it is kind of refreshing to see that all the page is coloured after reading all these mostly black and white manga.
Althea J.
Brilliant! And I love the way the intro to this edition sets up the importance of this classic story.

My library had the Deluxe Edition which includes the story "For the Man Who Has Everything" --a story that inspired one of my favorite Justice League Unlimited episodes of the same name. I didn't realize it had been originally written by Alan Moore.

I also didn't realize that a couple of my favorite panels that circulate on Tumblr originated in this story:

"Think clean thoughts, chum."

...which I ap
the absolutely best superman story ever told. seriously.
This book consists of three stories. The first is probably my favorite. It's a great story, we see Lois (Lane) Elliot giving an interview about Superman for the Daily Planet's Superman Memorial Edition. You see, Superman is presumed dead in this. He was attacked by a group of his rogues gallery. A lot of his friends and foes died in the process. We go back and forth to Lois telling the story and to the actual story.

Superman's secret identity gets out in the open, Lex Luthor gets mind controlled
This is the deluxe version of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Which means it contains not only the "final" Superman story from the Silver Age (prior to the 1980s reboot), but it also contain all of Alan Moore's other Superman stories, one involving the Swamp Thing, the other involving the villain Mongol and the worst birthday present ever, a plant that seeps into your body and makes you live out your greatest fantasy.

I don't want to review each story individually, but I will say as a g
Federiken Masters
Jan 11, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Maxi Masson... Quién lo diría.
Envidio la época de mi infancia y temprana adolescencia, donde podía leer un comic sin fijarme siquiera en el autor y disfrutaba plenamente de la historia sin preocuparme por quién trataba mejor a los personajes, qué línea editorial era mejor, si la revisionista o la pro-continuidad y otras nerdeadas por las que nos hacemos mala sangre los típicos friquis como yo. Cuando salió este tomo me lo prestó un compañero del colegio (que me cargaba por leer Superman, pero bueh...) y quedé fascinado. La h ...more
Three Superman stories written by Alan Moore that capture the spirit of the Man of Tomorrow just prior to DC's first Reboot of the character. The art was perfect for these stories, very much in keeping with Superman's history from the 40's to the mid 80's and the redone color work really made it pop visually. Moore's "last" Superman story tied together the characters from Superman's past, present and future, both friends and his enemies in a way that wrapped up his tale and paid homage to both t ...more
Thurston Hunger
Well the first Alan Moore that I could read with my (currently 10-year old) twin boys... Grateful for that, and grateful for Moore's focus on the flaws of Supes.

First story, a true celebrity must look longingly at anonymity. With Superman as a kid, you never felt that anything was at risk, so to read a book where (spoiler comes but it's nowhere near the point of the story) Krypto dies... Well, that's different. By the way, I was a little worried about my boys and this, and sure enough they both
Don Incognito
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 di ...more
A very interesting take on the last days of the original Superman.Shows a vulnerable side of The Man Of Steel.The plot moves along at a good pace and is filled with Supermans greatest foes.The Swamp Thing even makes a important cameo.Alan Moore is one of the best writers of comics/graphic novels if not the best.
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Kind of sweet. I'd been wanting to read this for a while since it's considered a classic.

It does what it was meant to well: it ties up the original world's Superman stories without declaring itself the definitive canon. The opening is actually some of the most lyrical writing I've seen, and the ending is well done as well. It's really the perfect ending... I'm going to re-read "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader" to see if I get more out of it.

I wasn't that fond of the art - you can really
Alan Moore could have done MUCH better.
Uttiya Roy
There is this problem with superhero comics, ever since, the advent of this modern day version of superheroes which is dark and menacing and what not, it has almost become a horse everyone wants to ride on and harp about. In fact it becomes increasingly cheesy, when for the sake of being "serious" books become about relentless killing just for the heck of it. It has become almost a degrading sort of fanservice to create plots that would include well, a lot of dark and gloomy stuff in order to ma ...more
Matt Mendoza
In Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, a collection of four seminal Superman issues, Alan Moore adds miles of depth to an iconic character and his world. In the first two issues, Superman ties up loose ends and fortifies his loved ones in the Fortress of Solitude while preparing for the impending siege and his foretold demise. In these issues, Superman resolves his most important relationships and airs some of his deepest regrets. Iconic allies and villains also make appearances in varyin ...more
Great Alan Moore piece, deserving of its place in history. If I remember correctly, it's more like an "elseworlds" type of story. Superman is challenged greatly by, in my opinion, the most interesting and powerful enemy, Brainiac (or is it?). I would love to review this, but I fear there is just too many spoilers that may be given away so I will do summarize the plot in a few sentences: Superman's friends and acquaintances start becoming murderous/suicidal. Superman fears that all of his close f ...more
Victor Orozco
I've said it before that for any story to be given a special edition piece for a comic book, it must be a really good one. This Superman story is a pretty good one, this and other two stories written by Alan Moore.

Basically this is "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" and two other stories that Alan Moore wrote for Superman. The second being the Kryptonian Blood Morel story that involved Swamp Thing and the other known as "For the Man Who Has Everything" another very good story. More or l
Andrew John Pixton
Much like the Batman counterpart, this was good but a little disappointing. It's a good story with good character. However, like the Batman version, it refused to do what it was supposed to, depict the death of the hero. Like so common in the comic universe where they say or do kill someone, they don't. Even when they kill the hero they don't kill the hero. They didn't find his body or show him die, kind of cool, but having seen that in the series before, you know he didn't really die.
This was, well...okay. Nothing special, but not terrible, either.

I don't think Alan Moore understands the character of Superman as much as some other writers do. Moore's Superman is odd, distant, and--if I'm being frank--a bit of a jerk. Two of his oldest friends die defending him in the title story, and he doesn't seem to care in the slightest because in the end, he gets to have a happy ending. The second story in this collection features Swamp Thing, who saves Superman's life, and Superman fl
Alan Moore gives us a beautiful and epic good bye to the silver age Superman.
Lots of action, mixed with some really nice quiet human moments. This is basically Ragnarok, as nearly every member of Superman's supporting cast and rogues gallery shows up.
One of the great Superman stories.
Yep, I'm giving an Alan Moore book a 2 (okay, 2.5/5). Why? Because Superman SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kills himself at the end! I can't get past that! What a ridiculous end. I knew Super-man was very anti-lethal force, but I didn't know he would feel so bad that he would kill himself because he murdered an interdimensional monster (Mxylplyx). I mean get over it! You did what you had to do! I read this years before the Man of Steel came out and I always thought "jeez Superman, suck it up. Y ...more
Gabriel Salter
This is it; the last story in the "Superman" comic book Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster started in 1938. After this, DC would reboot the Superman's story in "The Man of Steel" comic book, with a different tone and take on the character.

Alan Moore, whom literature critics and fans have labeled the best comic book writer of all time, writes this story and answers the question, "What would happen if Superman had one last adventure and disappeared? What would happen to his greatest foes, what would ha
Wanted to like it more, as I'm a big fan of Alan Moore's writing. There are some poignant moments, but most of it seems too hurried, trying to tie up and kill off both allies and villains of the Man of Steel.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egypt
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