Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
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He is the world's most powerful being. The sole survivor of a doomed planet, he has made the protection of our world his life's work. And though his never-ending battle for truth and justice continues to this day, one question has always haunted his shining legend: How would the story of Superman finally end?
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2010 by Titan Books (first published 1985)
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Ronyell
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Introduction:

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...more
Anne
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Paul
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...more
Andrew Anony
Jul 20, 2014 Andrew Anony rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: m
Shelves: comix
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...more
Rod Hilton
Printed in 1986 but drawn and written like a comic book from the 50's, a somewhat corny and superficial story from master of the dark and substantive Alan Moore, and the final issue for Silver Age Superman putting a bow on his story line after the confusing retcon effort Crisis on Infinite Earths, it should come as no surprise that Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow is weird.

Though weird and written/drawn in a style I generally do not like, I enjoyed Alan Moore's effort quite a b...more
Mark
Curt Swan, Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore - titans in the comics industry and here they deliver the ultimate coup de grace for the classic Silver Age Earth 2 Superman before the defining DC Comics event that was Crisis on Infinite Earths rewrote the continuity of their characters for decades to come... ...well until Infinite Crisis came along and brought the multiverse back again anyway.

What Alan Moore and Curt Swan did was define what was Superman and delivered the final story of his life and rede...more
Sarah
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...more
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
Steve
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...more
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
Carmine
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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
Kit
Jan 27, 2014 Kit rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 3-stars
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...more
Travis
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.
Cameron
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...more
Dave
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.
Carmen Chas
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‘Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow’ is possibly one of the most influential and prominent Superman tales written of the character, arguably setting the stage for later 90s comics. The particular volume I’m reviewing contains three individual stories written by Alan Moore, which will be reviewed separately below and followed by a general conclusion about the volume in itself with a final classification.

Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomo...more
greg
the absolutely best superman story ever told. seriously.
Fox
Well, this book made me even more of an Alan Moore fangirl.

The title story was simply fantastic. I'm generally not a huge fan of Supes, but Alan Moore captured what it was to be Superman as a person, rather than simply a hero. All of the old villains returned, and one by one, the loose threads were tied up. The introduction nicely covered the point of the story... to end the golden age of Superman, essentially. This story did just that, and not wanting to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't ye...more
Bill Williams
Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow is a hard-cover collection of Alan Moore's Superman stories. Coming in the mid-1980s, these stories showcase Alan Moore at the height of his popularity based on his critically acclaimed revamp and run on Swamp Thing.

The title story Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow is a modern classic, an apocalyptic tale that closes the book on the Golden and Silver Age Superman to make way for the reboot in the 1980s. As such, there is a feeling of gloom and terr...more
Justin
Ah, but for the need to keep 35 different Superman titles in print at any one time in order to preserve DC Comics' copyright, this would have made a fitting and worthy final story for the greatest superhero of all. In fact, considering the mediocre drivel that has featured Kal El in the 22 years since, it is worth deleting it all and simply remembering this gem as the last Superman story ever told.

This is one of Alan Moore's finest efforts during his interminable career--here, as the end of Supe...more
Daniel Kukwa
Everyone hails this story -- which closes off the Silver-Age Superman, prior to Crisis on Infinite Earths -- as groundbreaking, touching, and any other superlatives you can think off...

...frankly, I can't see why.

The Silver Age Superman annoys me -- the stories are so ridiculous, wild, preposterous...even the childhood me, who loved the movies AND the comic books, wondered about the sanity of the writers once in a while. "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow" feels completely contrived and s...more
Patrick
In the late 1980s DC comics started the process of reinventing their characters. The decades long habit of creating and recreating continuity had become too complicated. At the time, the hope was a streamlining of the plot lines would eliminate convoluted plot lines. Whether or not this was effective is debatable. Superman was a character who was stripped back to basics. In order to celebrate the past Alan Moore was given the task of writing a “final” Superman story before everything was re-erec...more
Andy
I don't often read DC comics and even less frequently Superman but this is a famous tale and it was in the library and I fancied a change.

The main two parter by Alan Moore really is quite a special story. Designed to bring a close to the silver age Superman before rebooting everything after Crisis on Infinite Earths, Moore found a way to wrap everything up with a touching, bittersweet and surprisingly emotional tale for the ages.

So we have Superman near the end of the era, a resurgence of his o...more
Cameron
Comprised of 3 separate stories, Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow collects Alan Moore's highly acclaimed writings about the Man of Steel. The stories in Man of Tomorrow run the gamut of Superman villains and all manner of familiar faces show up. For fans of the character, this is probably great, but those less acquainted may have a hard time enjoying this book.

In the first of three, the titular story, Lois Lane tells the tale in retrospect via newspaper interview. Superman is troubled by...more
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