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Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Kindle Edition

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“A sweeping, surprisingly tender elegy to Superman's rich, primary-colored history. . . .  A moving farewell to the Superman most of us grew up with.”—NPR

About the Author

Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today, with a host of industry awards and accolades. His credits include The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, V For Vendetta and Watchmen. Curt Swan was the artist on Superman for over three decades, prior to his death in 1996, drawing the daily Superman comic as well as his longer-form comics adventures.

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  • File Size: 84133 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC; Deluxe edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By swamprat on April 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
So, I gave this book five stars, but I have a very important stipulation to go with that rating: Be sure which Superman you are a fan of. Here's the deal - Alan Moore is my favorite author of all time, heck, my favorite artist of all time - in any medium. That's quite an accomplishment. Moreover, this is a story that Moore felt so impassioned about that when he first heard the concept, he (or so I'm told) lept up and demanded that he be the one to write it. Again quite impressive. And while this is not his greatest work (go read Watchmen or Promethea for that) it definately is Moore quality writing. However, if you are not a fan of that age of comics, you will not fully appreciate this story no matter how fantastic the writing is. An example: as I described this book to a friend of mine he grew very excited about reading it - until I got to the part about Krypto the Superdog (who does make an apperance). At the mention of Krypto, my friend adamantly refused to read this book, and honestly I can't blame him. Krypto is from a different age of comics which, if you can't appreciate, you can't appreciate. That being said, this book works as an incredible eulogy for an age of comics now forever gone. If you miss that age, this book is for you. If you're glad it is gone and wish it had never existed - you will not like this book. Personally, I loved it :)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By THE MASTER on May 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
One of the troubles I find in reading highly regarded works such as this one is that all the praise sets up incredibly high expectations that are often impossible to live up to and often leave the reader (or viewer) disappointed. However in the case of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow had no such preconceived notions. For while I had heard of Alan Moore's sterling reputation, influential work (and his impressively long beard,) I had never read any of it or heard about this little gem until I started reading it in local comic shop. I was riveted from the first few pages. Though I thought (and still think) 6 bucks is a rather hefty sum for a reprint of just two comic books, this comic is one of the most brilliantly done superman stories ever.
Upon my first reading I knew very little about pre-crisis Superman history, but more manages to make even an unfamiliar read learn it quite quickly and even come to appreciate it. Moreover the book manages to evoke all the huge "It's all coming to an end" feelings one gets during high school or college graduation.
In this tale we learn the final fates of Bizzaro, Luthor, Jimmy Olson, and all the other key players of the Superman mythos and the identity of the Man of Steel's greatest foe. I won't give, but I will tell one thing: it ain't Luthor! This story is considered an "Imaginary Tale", yet because all Pre-Crisis Superman was wiped out anyway one could easily "count" it and thus accept the final story in the huge cannon of superman stories.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By DLSF on August 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As someone who still has the original issues of the two part "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", I was a little surprised to see this reprinted in a hardcover edition. The original issues were intended to be the final stories of the "Silver Age" Superman before the comic was rebooted with the six part (which I have also) "Man of Steel" mini-series. Besides this, the hardcover includes two other Superman issues:

Superman Annual #11: "For The Man Who Has Everything"
DC Comics Presents #84 - Superman & Swamp Thing: "The Jungle Line"

I still have the DC Comics Presents #84 issue around the house. I never read the Superman Annual #11. However, the comic was adapted into an episode for the Justice League Unlimited comic series on Cartoon Network.

The main appeal of this release may be for readers like me who read the original releases but may not have the issues around anymore. Newer readers should also find the comics good reads but older readers will likely get much more nostalgia out of this collection.

As someone who has read most of the material, the mix of issues is a little unusual. The only thing tying these issues together is that writer Alan Moore penned these issues. In fact, all of the comics in this release are available in another DC Trade paperback entitled: "DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore". This collection includes other NON-Superman stories that Moore wrote during the 1980's including a Green Lantern tale "Tygers". "Tygers" (among other work by Moore) has been used by current Green Lantern writer Geoff Johns as a spring board for the current Green Lantern mini-series "The Blackest Night".
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mark Moore on July 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of the final Pre-Crisis issues of "Action Comics" and "Superman". It's an "imaginary story" (meaning it wasn't canon) that takes place after the Crisis on Infinite Earths but without the revamp by John Byrne. It includes many of Superman's friends and enemies. I won't spoil the plot, but it's a very moving story, and a few good guys and bad guys get killed. Remember, though, it's not an official story. There's a very touching scene between Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes when the Legion arrives in the present with Kara (Supergirl), who had died in the Crisis. The covers are included, and there's a nice written introduction. Even though it never was canon, it's a very nice story and should be in every Superman fan's collection.
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