"Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" (24 pages)
A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 22
posted Jan 23, 2009 10:07 AM by vu sleeper
A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 22
by Brian Cronin
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 3:06 PM EST
Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one
cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here
’s the archive of the moments posted so far!
At this point in the story, Superman has gathered all his closest
friends to the Fortress of Solitude to protect them, because all of his
villains have suddenly became sociopaths. Even the loser villains are
killing people now, so now that Luthor, Brainiac and the Kryptonite Man
are on the scene, Superman is scared spitless.
While he is hunkering down, getting ready for the impending siege,
the Legion of Super-Heroes visit him one last time, and they have along
with them a time-traveling Supergirl, who had just recently died in the
So with that in mind, read the following and you can see why
Superman is crying on the last page (which is the last page of Superman
(Vol. 2) #423)…(click to enlarge)…
Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow - Walmart Exclusive
Thu, 30 Nov 2006 21:36:29 CST
This Superman Returns/Justice League: Justice on Trial bundle is a pretty good deal, not only do you get the Superman Returns movie, but the bonus JL DVD. Plus for $2.97, you can download the movie (see more prices at www.pocket-lint.co.uk).
The best part is: it also comes with a reprint of SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW!
I could not find a photograph or scan of this pocket sized comic book,
so if you have a copy, I would like to see a scan of it.
SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW? (Wal-Mart) (28 Nov 2006)
Superman Returns (Exclusive) (Widescreen) (also available in Full Screen)
Monday, November 13, 2006 7:35:53 PM
About the Movie
Exclusive includes "Superman Returns" and Bonus Item. "Superman
Returns" - He's back. A hero for our millennium. And not a moment too
soon, because during the five years (much longer in movie-fan years!)
Superman sought his home planet, things changed on his adopted planet.
Nations moved on without him. Lois Lane now has a son, a fiancee and a
Pulitzer for "Why The World Doesn't Need Superman." And Lex Luthor has
a plan that will destroy millions - no, billions - of lives. Filmmaker
Bryan Singer ("X-Men") gives the world the "Superman" it needs,
honoring the legend everyone loves while taking it in a powerful new
direction. Brandon Routh proves a perfect choice to wear the hero's
cape, leading a top cast that includes Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin
Spacey as Lex. And the thrills from a sky-grapple with a tumbling jumbo
jet to a continent-convulsing showdown - redefine Wow. "I'm always
around," Superman tells Lois. You'll be glad he is.
Packaging Type is Side-by-Side; "Superman Returns" (Widescreen Version)
Curt Swan Gave Us the Finger(s)
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 19:07:02 CST
Curt Swan Gave Us the Finger(s)
Wednesday, November 01, 2006 by posted by Mark Alfred
One of the
trademarks of this great Super-Artist's work was his occasionally
quirky method of drawing characters' hands with the middle finger and
ring finger touching, and the index finger and pinky finger separated
from this grouped pair.
(1986), art by Curt Swan and George Pérez
Speaking of landmarks in comics, the
last two examples are from the Alan Moore tale printed in 1986,
"Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" which was printed in the
"final" issues of Superman and Action. Alan Moore's deep,
resonating-with-history story was perfectly accompanied by Curt's
penciling, inked by George Perez in Superman 423 and by Kurt
Schaffenberger in Action 583. The covers were both inked by another DC
great, Murphy Anderson.
Superman & Krypto from "Whatever Happened...?" - Sold!
Sunday, November 14, 2004 10:12:45 PM
written by Ray Cuthbert
SUPERMAN and KRYPTO
(2004), painted art by Terry Twigg
SUPERMAN and KRYPTO
(Sep 1986), art by Curt Swan and George Pérez, published in SUPERMAN #423
Artist: Terry Twigg, All
MediaType: Paint - Oil
Larry Wilson's first commission request was "a classic image from
the acclaimed 'Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel' storyline from
1986. "This is the story where the "Silver Age" of comics really comes
to an end. It is the last story of the Superman we all grew up with.
This Superman created in June 1938 was all full of "Truth, Justice, and
the American Way". The comic-book world he was living in however was
becomming too dark and grittiy for his taste. "This is the story where
Supermans' rogues gallery becomes violent lie the times, and Superman
has to confront the notion that he his a man out of date... and out of
time. He knows in order to protect his way of life, he may have to
break his most sacred of vows... and kill. "The scene I would very much
like Terry to recreate is to me the most seminal moment in the story.
Where it all weighs down on Superman. He is accompanied only by his
faithful dog Krypto." When Larry received the commission his response
was that the piece was "Awesome, just awesome." The original Terry
recreated was originally drawn by Curt Swan and George Perez.
| July 20, 2003 | Alan Moore Interview in CBA
COMIC BOOK ARTIST #25 is an
all-Alan Moore issue. In a rare interview with Moore, I found out a lot
of things that I didn't know about Moore. For instance, he broke into
comics writing and drawing his own strip. I also did not know that he
truly love the comic book medium, that when he was a child he would
read all the UK comics and genuinely love the Superman mythology. There
is an interesting comment that he made, which if you write about a
character who can fly, the reader reads this and imagines what if you
could fly. What if *I* can fly. Suddenly, all the wonder and
imagination is put into the reader's head. Anyway, here is an excerpt
which George got mentioned.
Interview conducted by Jon B Cooke & George Khoury
took me some time to finally read your work. I would go into comic
stores and people were always saying, "Alan Moore this, Alan Moore
that," and the talk made it sound like you were trendy and I usually
been disappointed buying into trendy stuff. But when I finally read
"The Anatomy Lesson" [SWAMP THING #21] I thought, "No f*cking way! This guy's putting hallucinogenics into mainstream comics!" [laughs]
Alan: But it wouldn't have worked if I
wasn't a traditionalist. None of this radical work would occur to
anyone who wasn't a traditionalist. Unless I understood the tradition
of Swamp Thing, how could I ever come up with exactly the right sort of
twist to put in them?
When I got my crack at doing Superman
stories, my last two stories for Julie, I didn't intend to be
irreverent or take the character to some ultimate extreme. I used
elements from earlier stories and certainly stretched them, but for
instance, I loved Krypto. I knew Krypto was going to be thrown out with
all the other garbage in the next issue when John Byrne took over, but
at the same time I thought I would try to get the readers to appreciate
the good stuff they were losing. I tried to write a Krypto scene that
would make grown men weep, and it did. I got some good reports on that
death of Krypto. It is okay that we can love this stuff, and I do.
CBA: Did you art direct that?
Alan: This is the only comic book cover [ACTION COMICS #583] I've ever got paid doing the layouts for. That was a delight. I got to work with Kurt Schaffenberger, inked by George Pérez.
| April 11, 2003 | Curt Swan Book
Topic: CSN @ NEWSARAMA - CURT SWAN: A LIFE IN COMICS
posted April 10, 2003 12:15 PM
by Cliff Biggers
Curt Swan: A Life in Comics is a
most impressive volume; not only has Zeno selected an amazing array of
Swan art from his lengthy career—work that has been cleaned up and
reproduced with loving care to show off Swan’s skills in the best
possible light—but he has supplemented that work with scores of
unpublished pieces, pencil drawings, sketches, commissioned drawings,
layouts, rarely-seen cartoons and non-comics work, and more. The pencil
work in particular conveys the strength of Swan’s artistry in knowing
how to convey maximum impact with no wasted lines, no cluttered layout,
no pretentious visual gimmickry.
(Vu: As you know, George Pérez was a big fan of Curt Swan's
humanistic approach to drawing Superman. It was a dream come true when
he was asked to inked Swan in part two of "Whatever Happened to the Man
of Tomorrow?" story in SUPERMAN #423.)
From COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #97 (Dec 2002)
January 4, 2003 | Superman & Swan in CBM #97
COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE #97
Swan's Superman seldom expressed feelings of melancholy; rarely did he brood; yet there was often an air of palpable sadness about him, taken to the extreme
in 1961's "The Death of Superman!" (inked by Stan Kaye), above and in
Swan's last Superman story in '86, inked by George Pérez, below.
| October 13, 2002 |
DC Collected Editions Version 2.0
"DC Comics announced Thursday that a “staggering” 200 titles from the DC Comics backlist are showcased online now at
each with cover art, three interior story pages, and content
descriptions. The newly-posted site updates the previous version of the
DC Graphic Novels webpage and last year's DC Comics Collected Editions
Library CD-ROM, reflecting the upcoming Version 2.0 of the CD-ROM."
I went to the link and there are information on CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP (one of DC's most popular trade paperback), HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE (popular), WONDER WOMAN: PARADISE LOST TP, NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES HC #1, and SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?.
From Movie Poopshoot
| July 20, 2002 |
In Case You Missed It (7/16)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
posted July 16, 2002 09:09 PM
(A guide to the undiscovered, underrated and underappreciated)
By Tom Grozan
SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW?
Written by Alan Moore with art by Curt Swan, George Perez and Kurt Schaffenberger
In late 1985, with John Byrne scheduled
to take over and relaunch SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS, longtime SUPERMAN
editor Julius Schwartz was presented with the opportunity to present a
grand finale to his stewardship of his titles. His idea was to make
believe the last issues of SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS were the last
issues ever. His first choice to write the last Superman story was the
person who wrote the first, co-creator Jerry Siegel. However, legal
entanglements prevented that from happening. He was at the San Diego
Comic-Con, having breakfast with none other than Alan Moore, when
Schwartz found the answer to his dilemma. Moore literally rose up out
of his chair, put his hands around the editor's neck and said, "If you
let anyone else write that story, I'll kill you!" Schwartz, like any
sane person involved in comics, didn't need to have his life threatened
to let Alan Moore work his magic and the result, as usual, is something
The story opens in the far-off future of
1997! It's been a decade since the last sighting of Superman and Daily
Planet reporter Tim Crane is interviewing Lois Elliot (formerly Lane)
about Superman's last days for a special anniversary memorial edition.
After putting her baby to sleep and making coffee in her futuristic
fishbowl-like coffee maker, Lois' mind flashes back to recount the
It starts off with some of Superman's
more benign foes going to surprisingly violent and definitive extremes.
Bizarro decides the only way to be the perfect-imperfect duplicate of
Superman is to go on a murderous rampage and then commit suicide. The
Prankster and the Toyman torture Superman's identity out of Pete Ross
and then murder him. They then expose Superman as Clark Kent on
national television. With his secret identity destroyed, Superman
transports those closest to him to his Fortress of Solitude, fearing
that if the likes of the Prankster and Bizarro are committing these
acts, what will his truly dangerous foes do?
His fear is prescient as Lex Luthor,
Brainiac and the Legion of Super-Villains lay siege to the Fortress,
leading to the last stands of a number of beloved characters and the
unveiling of the true mastermind behind everything. The unavoidably
final solution to the crisis leads Superman to seemingly strip himself
of his powers with gold Kryptonite and disappear forever. Moore's story
does a great job of bringing the cast and the Silver Age to its logical
and final conclusions while still serving up a number of surprises.
While newer readers might not recognize the more arcane Silver Age
references, everything you need to know is explained in the story, and
it's a wild ride. If ever there was a super-hero Ragnarok, this is it.
The art is by longtime Superman artist Curt Swan, whose work is
considered by many to be the definitive look for character and his
cast. While some of the visuals are campily dated (Reporter Tim Crane's
"futuristically modern" wardrobe looks like a cross between Austin
Powers and Mister Furley from THREE'S COMPANY), it is the classic look
for that era and the perfect choice for the story that closes it out.
I could go on dissecting the key moments
and surprises in this story, but that would ruin the thrill of reading
it. Trust me, it's worth a look. While Alan Moore followed this with
more serious works like WATCHMEN and FROM HELL, his post-modern take on
the Silver Age has resurfaced from time to time in works like SUPREME
for Awesome Comics and TOM STRONG for his own ABC line. This story,
however, is where those ideas first surfaced and is still his best take
on the subject matter.
From WIZARD #131 (Aug 02)
| June 27, 2002 |
Wizard's Top 100 TPs
80. CRISIS ON INFINITIE EARTHS (DC Softcover)
The most ambitious comic project ever could fill another volume with its body count. Marv Wolfman and George Perez's Crisis
aimed to clean up DC's cluttered 50-year-old continuity by merging the
handful of its parallel Earths into one, but not before a being called
the Anti-Monitor destroys an infinite amount of worlds in the process.
This cover, penciled by Pérez and painted by Alex Ross, is easily one
of the most beautiful ever produced and worth the purchase alone. "It
was actually the first series I ever followed," says JSA writer Geoff
Johns who was 12 at the time. "For me, it really shaped the DCU. I
doubt I would've read many DC comics before Crisis."
79. AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED (Marvel softcover)
The perfect killing machine has just received an upgrade, courtesy of
Kurt Busiek and George Pérez. Ultron, one of the Avengers most powerful
foes, returns with an appetite for destruction and holds the fate of
mankind in his adamantium grip. After Ultron slaughters the small
European country of Slorenia in under three hours, Earth's Mightiest
Heroes must rally like never before in order to put a stop to this
reawakened threat. But do they have what it takes to send this maniacal
killing machine to the scrap heap once and for all ?
60. INFINITY GAUNTLET (Marvel softcover)
Even when he's a god, Thanos still can't get lucky with the ladies.
Possessing the six Infinity Gems, Thanos gain omnipotence and kills
half the universe's population with the snap of his finger in an
attempt to earn the affection of the mistress Death. A plethora of
Marvel heroes mount a defensive to thwart the mad Titan, but how can
you beat a god? Only writer Jim Starlin knew the answer. "It had a
hundred characters and mindless destruction, but for all the bombast,
it was really about a guy trying to impress a girl," say Sojourn writer Ron Marz. "Thanos' failure is ultimately one of unrequited love. Who can't relate to that?"
15. THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT (DC softcover)
The Titans have a traitor in their midst. This spy knows their secrets
and hands them over to the deadliest mercenary alive: Deathstroke the
Terminator, who systematically takes out the team. Only Nightwing
escapes… but even he needs help in order to rescue them before it's too
late. In this storyarc, Marv Wolfman and George Pérez pull off a lot in
six issues: Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing for the first time, Kid
Flash quits, Jericho (the son of Deathstroke) joins up… and a tragic
blow hits the team. "Judas Contract is a perfect template for powerful, dramatic storytelling," lauds Steve Kurth, penciler for G.I.Joe. "This story was pure magic."
9. SUPERMAN: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAN OF TOMORROW? (DC softcover)
It was time for the Man of Tomorrow to become the Man of Yesterday.
As DC prepared to start Superman from scratch in 1986, the publisher
watned to send off the "old" Man of Steel that had been around since
1938. writer Alan Moore had Supes face off with Lex Luthor and Braniac
in the Fortress of Solitude a final time, leaving every reader with a
tear in their eye. "A bittersweet goodbye to Superman continuity in
order to pave way for a revamped Man of Steel, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow worked as both a nostalgic nod to a simpler past, and alook forward to all that comics could be," says Sojourn scribe Ron Marz. "This 'last' Superman story is also one of the best."
GREATEST STORIES NOT IN TPBS
JOHN BYRNE'S NEW SUPERMAN Ain't it
amazing that with everything DC collects, it hasn't collected Byrne's
headline-making 1986 revamp of the regular series? Especially the
three-part story where Supes must help save Earth once inhabited by the
"pre-Byrne" Superman where the Man of Steel must take the role of
judge, jury and executioner.
GEORGE PEREZ'S NEW WONDER WOMAN Ditto
for Pérez's 1987 revamp of everyone's favorite Amazon princess. With
stunning art and stronger ties to Greek mythology, Diana enters man's
world for the first time, learning lessons the hard way.