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Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (DC Universe Events #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  10,553 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
The story of a perfect man who came from the sky and did only good. It tells of his twilight, when the great battles were over, of how his enemies conspired against him and how he broke his most sacred oath.
Paperback, 47 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Titan Books (UK) (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,
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
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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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: m
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
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.
Marie Antoinette
"This is an imaginary story (which may never happen, but then again may) about a perfect man who came from the sky and did only good."

I've never been a fan of Superman, maybe it's because I'm a Batman's fan, maybe it's because I find him too pretentious or too martyr but I don't like him. So I gave this comic a chance, because I'm a massive Alan Moore fan, and now I understand why some people likes Superman, I still don't like him but i understand.

"Away in the big city, people still sometimes g
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.
Thurston Hunger
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feather Mista
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Feather 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
Don Incognito
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Sep 07, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Aya Vandenbussche
in the book were two other Alan Moore Superman stories, which made this book even more magnificent. All the stories had a sadness to them and morbidity, perhaps Moore's strongest suit other than humour. It is wonderful really.
Apr 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The only Superman story ever to make me cry....Poor Krypto....

Arguably one of the best Superman stories ever, and with 70 years of them to choose from, that's telling you something.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Alan Moore could have done MUCH better.
Carlos Peña
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adoro el trabajo de Alan Moore y este uno de los mejores.
Mert Özden
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gümüş Çağ Superman'inin son macerası.

Hikaye, Citizen Kane filminin yapısında oluşturulmuş. Superman'e ne olduğunu, yıllar sonra Lois Lane'in ağzından dinliyoruz. Son sayfaları efsanedir.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of the bronze/modern age Superman, not so with the Silver Age goofiness that defined comics as 'funny books'. But I respect those who have come before and I wanted to read the seminal issue, created by a range of talented folks, which closed down the Silver Age continuity.

Alas, it seemed to be what I expect when Alan Moore gets involved: instead of bringing us in the colorful world of comics, he tends to bring them - warts and all - into our world. Instead of having a superior dedicati
Paul Riches
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-comics
Whatever Happened To Superman?

The origin of the greatest character ever has been told multiple times, with everything from John Byrne’s Man Of Steel to Smallville to Superman The Movie to the Man Of Steel movie all getting a kick at the continuity. And yes, these are some of my favourite versions.

Very few times have we witnessed the closing out of the character. The last reboot, launched after the Flashpoint crossover, capped off an era of greatness that whimpered out the door. No effort was rea
Matt Mendoza
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christian Angeles
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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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
Alexander Lisovsky
C Суперменом вышла любопытная история. Изначально авторы пытались продать героя в формате газетного комикс-стрипа (самый жир комиксов вплоть до конца XX века), но у них не вышло, и с горя родилась современная индустрия супергеройских комиксов, как мы их знаем и поныне (это было в 1939 году).

Потом были всякие блестящие и не очень века, нагромождения нескольких поколений сценаристов, сюжетов, всевозможных ответвлений и, позже, целых параллельных вселенных, в которых чёрт ногу сломит, не говоря уж
Rob McMonigal
Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be Alan Moore's best work.

As the Silver Age wound down and DC realized they were moving out of an era, Julie Schwartz decided he needed to have someone close out the old Man of Steel before John Byrne and Co. took over.

His first choice? Jerry Siegel, who could not for legal reasons.
His second choice? Alan Moore.

Yes, that guy.

If you've never read Tom Strong, it may be hard for you to picture the man who revitalized Swamp Thing and created V for Vendetta doing a Silver Age Superman sto
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
Jan 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When Jerry Siegel was unable to pen the final Superman before the start of the new era under John Byrne, the job went to Alan Moore. He was tasked with writing a finale to tell the "ending" of the Superman story. What he created was a final standoff of numerous heroes and villains, including the weaker moments and cheesier characters the new era hoped to leave behind. The result feels about as ridiculous as Batman: The Movie (with Adam West's Batman--Bang!--going up against the big four), but wi ...more
May 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, to admit I have no comprehensive knowledge of Alan Moore's work. I have read the Watchmen and have started reading the Swamp Thing. I read quite a lot about Moore and I certainly will read some of his other famous pieces such as the Top 10, SMAX and the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
At first, I was truly intrigued when I found out that Moore wrote a Superman story which basically functions (as far as I have understand it to be so) as the closure to one period of Superman's existence. M
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