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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!
Today we continue our special Tear-Jerker Week of cool comic book moments!
Today’s “tear jerker” moment comes from a classic Alan Moore Superman story (the first of…hmmm…let’s say three tear jerking moments from this story).
In case you are unfamiliar with the story, “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” was a two-part storyline taking place over the last two issues of the two Superman titles (Superman and Action Comics) that took place in the “original” Superman continuity, before the books switched over to the new continuity of the John Byrne “Man of Steel” reboot of the mid-80s.
The story was written by Alan Moore and was penciled by the legendary Superman artist Curt Swan.
The concept of the story was to give a complete conclusion to the Superman characters, one last final story before the reboot – as well as an homage to the “Imaginary Stories” that were popular in the Superman titles of the 1960s, where writers would be able to do whatever they wanted (up to and including killing off major characters).
The story is told via Lois Lane talking to a reporter who is asking, well, you know, “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?”
She then tells the last Superman story, and it begins with a dispiriting visit from Bizarro (click to enlarge)…
If I were to pick one specific “moment” from these two pages, I’d go with “Hello, Superman. Hello.”
It takes one heck of a writer to write a poignant, tear jerking scene starring Bizarro.
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