A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 22

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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 22

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 second of…hmmm…let’s now say four tear jerking moments from this story).


My pal Michael convinced me to edit my choices to add this one in here, too, and it really is a tear jerking scene. In fact, it literally has Superman crying from it!!

As mentioned yesterday, we’re looking at the classic Alan Moore/Curt Swan “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” storyline that told the “final” Superman story before the Byrne “Man of Steel” reboot.

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 comics.

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)….

If I had to pick one page as the “moment,” I suppose it would be the “Right now, Supergirl…Supergirl is in the past.”

Good call, Mike!

By the way, since I said that I’m doing more than one moment from the issue, could we keep the comments to discussing the moment at hand (or general discussion on the story) rather than discussing other specific moments that will be featured in the next day or so? Thanks!