Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow

Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow


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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, Brainiac and his other foes in "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?".

This volume also includes Moore's classic early collaboration with WATCHMEN illustrator Dave Gibbons, "FOR THE MAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING", in which Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman find Superman held captive by the villain Mongul in the Fortress of Solitude and dreaming of an idyllic life on Krypton courtesy of a wish-fulfilling parasitic plant known as the Black Mercy. Both tales are considered two of the top five all-time best Superman stories among fans.

The rare first team-up adventure between the Man of Tomorrow and Swamp Thing, the character that first brought Moore to notoriety in the United States, is included as an additional bonus.

This volume collects the two-part “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” from SUPERMAN #423 and ACTION COMICS #583, as well as “The Jungle Line” from DC COMICS PRESENTS #85 and “For the Man Who Has Everything...” from SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401227319
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Superman (DC Comics)
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 151,017
Product dimensions: 10.36(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Alan Moore is perhaps the most acclaimed writer in the graphic story medium, having garnered countless awards for works such as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, From Hell, Miracleman and SWAMP THING. He is also the mastermind behind the America’s Best Comics line, through which he has created (along with many talented illustrators) THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, PROMETHEA, TOM STRONG, TOMORROW STORIES and TOP 10. As one of the medium’s most important innovators since the early 1980s, Moore has influenced an entire generation of comics creators, and his work continues to inspire an ever-growing audience. Moore resides in central England.

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Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quite likely one of the finest Superman stories we're likely to read. Brilliantly conceived as an end of innocence story (and fond tribute) for the old Superman of flying dogs, Jimmy Olsen and 50s visual design. Marked the end of a cycle (storywise and visually, as drawn by Curt Swan) before the incoming era of John Byrne (the then modern and revamped 'Man of Steel'). Builds up and reaches a climax perfectly as the Man of Tomorrow's life slowly falls apart. Deftly pulls in all the elements of the Superman lore of yore, in a variation of the staple Alan Moore theme of the Superhero as an essentially tragic figure, caught in the inherent absurdity of his profession.
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EasyEW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone with any affection for the pre-Crisis (that is, pre-John Byrne) Superman will get a lot out of this story, which was intended as the "final issue" under the old continuity. For others, I'd recommend tackling the trade paperbacks that cover the decades first, because in it's proper context, "Whatever Happened..." is a four star tale in the old style.
schatzi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a big fan of both of Superman and Alan Moore, this was pretty much a must-buy and must-read for me. And I found it to be well-worth my time and money.The first two issues are "the last Superman story," which was written pre-Crisis. Superman's under siege, and his friends are the casualties. A lot of prominent Superman-related characters die in these two issues (I'll avoid spoilers), and the ending is actually kind of cute - surprising, especially since it's written by Alan Moore (whom I do not associate with cute endings at all).The next issue that is collected in this trade involves Superman getting infected by a fungus from his native Krypton. Afraid of what it will do to him (and cause him to do), especially since it has a 92% fatality rate, he retreats to the southern United States, where he believes that there are no superheroes residing. Wrong - he almost immediately runs into Swamp Thing, who saves his life. This was a cool story featuring two interesting characters.And the final issue was even more of a bonus, since it was a team-up written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Since I have a tender spot in my heart for Watchmen, which was the comic that got me interested in comics in the first place, this was a great treat. It's Superman's birthday, and his friends try to get him gifts. But what do you get a man who pretty much has everything? Superman's also infected by some sort of plant, so you can see his fondest wish: Krypton not being destroyed.
wilsonknut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was never a huge Superman fan, but I liked the movies as a kid and few of the comics that featured Bizarro. I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It is in the old comic style of Superman, but Alan Moore throws in a few of his trademark elements.
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