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Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

(DC Universe Events #5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  12,900 ratings  ·  343 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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The end of an era!

This TPB collects “Superman” # 423 & “Action Comics” #583.

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Ilustrator: Curt Swan

Inkers: George Pérez & Kurt Schaffenberger

Editor: Julius Schwartz


If the nuisances from my past are coming back as killers… …what happens when the killers come back?

It was 1986, and the Silver Age of Comic Books were coming to an end.

It’s an odd feeling to remember that, since I am used to think about the Silver Age as something of the 70s,
Dan Schwent
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-comics, 2018
This actually contains three Superman tales. It probably would have been called "Superman by Alan Moore" but you know how that goes.

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow: Years after the disappearance of Superman, a reporter from the Daily Planet interviews Lois Elliot, formerly Lois Lane, about Superman's last days...

Prior to the John Byrne reboot of Superman, this was the last story featuring the Superman of the Silver Age, the big blue boy scout with super ventriloquism and microscopic vis
I thought this was good. Alan Moore can be a fantastic story-teller. What happens to our superhero's? How does their story end? Alan thought of this concept first. It's an interesting question. Many of his enemies and best friends are in this story. There is also more than one story in this.

The art seems very 80s which is when these stories were created. Still, Superman is understood here. It's before they went and ruined Superman in the movies.

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
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I didn't think this was all that great. I only rated it 3 stars because I like Alan Moore's work, but this was so ho-hum kinda boring for big gaps.
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
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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
Nicolo Yu
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
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
James DeSantis
I wanted to like this. Not because I'm a Alan Moore fan. I believe he's kind of a dicky dick face (YES! That's my words) But I enjoyed some of his previous work, especially Watchmen. This is the end of a era. A What If the original Superman had to have a send off. Well we make it darker. People need to die. Lex needs to have a plan. Braniac needs to try and conquer the world. And Superman must DIE! Before his death...later...yeah...

What I liked: Some of the cheesy one liners made me smile. I als
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A classic Alan Moore take on Superman.

It is a great time for Superman. His past villains have been defeated and he is at peace. But they aren't gone as he thought. The villains stage one final "push" that comes from a variety of sources. Superman is "outed" as Clark Kent and is forced to take all his close friends to the Fortress of Solitude for protection. As various friends and hangers-on reminisce about their time with Superman (mind you the entire story is told as an interview with Lois Lane
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: read-own-d, c-comics
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
Jun 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superman, read-again
Unreadable. Makes Death of Superman look like Shakespeare. The artwork is blah, even for the times. Might take another look in a few years but this is going to the bottom of the list.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three separate Superman stories, taking place over four separate issues of the comic that tackle mortality, existentialism, and regret through the lens of this seemingly “uber-man.” While impeccably written, the stories sometimes feel a little dated (they came out in the mid-80s, it’s inevitable). Of course, considering the current DC film version of Superman, who has all the emotional depth of a moody teenager, the characterizations here feel weighted, like they actually MEAN something.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty lacklustre in plot and story. Old school artwork was enjoybale but the plot occasionally has boring parts where the gaps are being filled.
Althea J.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, highly-rec
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
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
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read, nothing life changing or super special, but good read indeed.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questionable ethics of DC's constant packaging and repackaging of Moore's work aside, it's nice to have Moore's 80's Superman stories all in one place. The two-part title story is the best thing here. Billed as "the last Superman story," it sets up a more "realistic" Superman world full of actual deaths, failures, and moral compromises, and then (and this is the important part) decides that Superman is too pure to exist in such a world. Unfortunately, most of Moore's acolytes in the superhero bi ...more
So this volume contained the last two Superman Action Comics and two other Superman stories by Alan Moore. The Action Comic storyline dealt with Superman having to deal one last time with all his main villains as they try to bring Superman's fated death upon him. In the end, they didn't kill Superman....but at the same time Superman (and his alter ego, Clark Kent) "died". This story was okay, a little wearing as each villain tried to take their aim at being Superman's murderer. The story was nar ...more
Jonny Parshall
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
The stories in this collected book range in quality. The later ones are great,especially the Swamp Thing/Superman crossover. The title farewell story of the Silver Age Superman, however, is lacking. It's difficult to write a silver age story after the fact. Those stories were written in an age of innocence. That innocence is gone, and to revisit it feels phony. Moore's rendition of Superman's farewell lacks both the depth of a latter day Superman comic as well as the spirit of the early days. It ...more
David Schaafsma
Just re-read (for my GN class) the amazing Watchmen again (which has so much to admire about it, the more you look at it, even if I don't love it), and a project I really do love that I am re-reading, From Hell (just, wow), to read this is just so disappointing on almost every level. Not groundbreaking, with almost no really amazing touches in my opinion. Doesn't make sense to me in places.
David Nizamoff
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
So after reading The Killing Joke the main feature of this book was kinda disappointing but I upped the overall rating because I really enjoyed the back up stories a lot more.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felt like rereading the title story and discovered I'd never read the Swamp Thing or Mongul story. I've seen the animated Justice League show's version of the Mongul story, and have always liked it, but I had no idea the Swamp Thing story existed, and it's absolutely fantastic. In fact, possibly my favorite story here.
Michael Neno
DC's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?: The Deluxe Edition, collects the last "real" Superman story. Taking place in a sort of continuity limbo between the Superman of 1938-1986 and the new Superman created after DC's self-destructive miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths,
writer Alan Moore conveys the sadness of these editorial decisions in the emotional heft of his story. The famous panel of Superman in tears is apt, as there was a profound sense that DC's destruction of their own contin
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
El Biblionauta
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Hablar de Superman es hablar del mito, el principio de todas las cosas, de la referencia universal, del personaje que es de todos y de nadie, del origen de la cultura de masas, de la evolución de nuestra historia. Superman es todo eso y más. Pero Superman es también un cómic. Es posiblemente el personaje más universal de la historia de los cómics pero no es, ni mucho menos, el cómic más leído de la historia. Parece imposible imaginar alguien que no conozca Superman -quizás a Pyonyang? -, pero a ...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
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story. It's quite short but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's told through Lois Lane - sorry, Lois Elliott, giving an interview about the last days of Superman. I haven't read a lot of Alan Moore and by that I mean I've only read The Killing Joke. Still, I really liked this. The story feels like an old DC comic but it wasn't so old times that I found it cheesy or hard to relate to. I haven't read a lot of Superman but I like Clark Kent here. He's a sympathetic characters and even his
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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 Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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