Adam Balm wrote:And of course you can't leave out "Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow..."
Lecko listed it up top...
I've never read that one...
In my opinion, it is the best Superman story ever. Reasons:
1. It wraps up the Silver Age Superman continuity to allow revamping for the post-Crisis era.
2. It manages to use dozens of concepts and characters from the Silver Age continuity, even the silly ones, without them looking silly or outdated. Instead, they are viewed as beloved pieces of the Superman story.
3.It is almost mythic, a story of the end of old things and the beginning of new things, laid atop the possibly silly base of the Silver Age. Like many epics, it is filled with tragedy and hope.
4. It was written by Alan Moore, at the time (and possibly still) the best writer to work in comics.
5. It features the single greatest narrative caption in the history of mainstream hero comics. I don't have it to quote, but it begins by describing the tale itself as an imaginary story, one which might never happen, about a perfect man who came from the sky and did only good. This story, it tells us, takes place in the twilight of Superman's career, when the great foes where beaten and life was quiet. The caption ends, "This is an imaginary story ... aren't they all?"
6.It includes the greatest of all the "Clark Kent winks".
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