Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?
This is an imaginary story (Which may never happen, but then again may) about a perfect man who came from the sky and did only good. It tells of his twilight, when the great battles were over and the great miracles long since performed; of how his enemies conspired against him and of that final war in the snowblind wastes beneath the Northern Lights; of the women he loved and of the choice he made between them; of how he broke his most sacred oath, and how finally all the things he had were taken from him save for one. It ends with a wink. It begins in a quiet Midwestern town, one summer afternoon in the quiet Midwestern future. Away in the big city, people still sometimes glance up hopefully from the sidewalks, glimpsing a distant speck in the sky... but no: it's only a bird, only a plane. Superman died ten years ago. This is an Imaginary Story... Aren't they all?
In the Silver Age Superman's final story he and his allies must battle his entire rogues gallery as the fight turns deadly. There is only one guarantee, Superman will not be seen again after.
The seeds had been planted in "Crisis on Infinite Earths" Superman's career was about to come to an end, but the Man of Steel was not about to go out with a whimper. In "Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow?", a two-part tale by writer Alan Moore and artist Curt Swan, the adventures of the Silver Age Superman came to a dramatic close. Beginning in this issue and concluding in Action Comics #583, Moore weaved a tale dubbed an "imaginary story." With no restrictions, Moore told his version of the last Superman story and also brought the tale of many of the Last Son of Krypton's villains and allies to an abrupt close.
Superman found himself under attack by his foes. With his identity accidentally exposed to the public, Superman faced an onslaught from Metallo, the Kryptonite Man and a combined version of Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Superman eventually discovered the villain behind his troubles was Mr. Mxyzptlk. Superman defeated his now deadly foe, then retired from the limelight, marrying Lois Lane and taking up the identity of Jordan Elliott as a tribute to his late Kryptonian father, Jor-El.