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  1. Cover by Dave Gibbons.
  2. "For the Man Who has Everything..." written by Alan Moore, penciled, inked and lettered by Dave Gibbons and colored by Tom Ziuko.

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  • Ranked #4 in Wizard Magazine's list of "100 Best Single Issue Comics Since You Were Born".

The legendary writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons teamed up once more with the just-as- legendary Man of Tomorrow for a special that saw Superman face his worst nightmare: the sacrifice of his fantasy life. It was Superman's birthday. Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin had flown to the far reaches of his arctic Fortress of Solitude in order to celebrate the birth of the World's Greatest Super Hero. However, they arrived to find Superman held in the sway of the Black Mercy, a rare alien plant life that puts its victims in a trance like state where their greatest dreams are realized.

As Superman lived out a fantasy life on Krypton, happily married with a wife and child, his friends tried to bring him back to reality and instead found themselves facing the might of the villainous Mongul, the mastermind behind the Last Son of Krypton's present predicament. When Superman finally sacrificed his dream world to return to his harsh reality, he viciously attacked Mongul, punishing the villain for the shattered life that had seemed so real to him.

A classic tale of heroism over self-interest, this annual quickly became a fan favorite, and years later was even adapted into an episode of the 2004 animated series Justice League Unlimited.

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Birthday Wishes 0

This is probably one of the more interesting back issues that I have ever read. I was first acquainted with this story through and old Justice League unlimited episode and the only difference between the two is the appearance of Jason Todd in the plot. In this issue Batman and Wonder Woman travel to the fortress of solitude to celebrate Superman’s birthday, but they find him unresponsive due to the hypnotic effects of a plant known as “Black Mercy” which was planted -- no pun intended -- by Mong...

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Memorable 0

This is one of the most memorable issues in DC Comics prior to Crisis on Infinite Earths (so much so that it was made into an episode of Justice League Unlimited).  Batman, Wonder and Robin (Jason Todd) make their way to the Fortress of Solitude in order to celebrate Superman's birthday - which is not something that would happen in modern comics - and find him there trapped by the Black Mercy.  Mongul is there keen on revenge after suffering defeat numerous times at the hands of Superman.  The s...

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Black Mercy for Birthday 0

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons team up to present a fantastic adventure of Superman, Batman, Robin (Jason Todd) and Wonder Woman for a celebration of the beloved Kryptonian in his Fortress of Solitude. It´s such a well writen story, where Moore captivates the reader with so many details about the main characters, exploring the inexperience of Todd meeting Superman, the friendship that bonds these characters, Batman´s witts to solve the problem, Diana´s grit and strength since she goes toe-to-toe wi...

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