A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 24

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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 24

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 end our special Tear-Jerker Week of cool comic book moments!

Today’s “tear jerker” moment comes from a classic Alan Moore Superman story (the fourth of I guess four tear jerking moments from this story).


To recap, 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.

The first two days were on the first part, Superman (Vol. 1) #423, which was by Moore, Swan and inker George Perez. Yesterday we began the second part, Action Comics #583, which was by Moore, Swan and inker Kurt Schaffenberger.

When we left our heroes, Lex Luthor fought off the control of Brainiac long enough for him to beg Lana Lang to kill him. She kills Luthor, but then she is, in turn, killed by the Legion of Super-Villains. Jimmy Olsen is about to disable the force field keeping all of the rest of Earth’s superheroes out of the battle, but he is killed instead by Brainiac, who is re-animating Luthor’s body (it is awesome – Luthor has a snapped neck but is still walking).

Anyhow, after dropping a nuke on the Fortress, the villains are entering, with the Kryptonite Man being the first to enter.

What happens next is our fourth cool comic book moment from this story!

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Man, talk about interesting book ends for the tear jerker week! Both dying animals. I guess it is true – people always tear up when animals die (cue thoughts back to Old Yeller)!