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[[caption-width-right:300:See ya, big guy. You'll be missed.]]

->''"This is an Imaginary Story... Aren't they '''all'''?"''

{{Superman}} really hit his stride in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, which introduced things like multi-colored Kryptonite, {{Supergirl}}, Bizarro, and the Fortress of Solitude. Even today, much of what the average person knows about Supes (not counting his death) comes from that period.

Then came the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a mega-event that reset the continuity of every DC title. Thus began the modern, JohnByrne era of Superman which strove to be more "realistic." Realizing that Silver Age Superman deserved a grand finale, Julius Schwartz hired AlanMoore, and Superman ur-artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger (who was also best known for defining the look of LoisLane, and his work on ''{{Shazam}}'' and the Captain Marvel Family tales), and made the last Silver Age tale--an "imaginary story." Published in September, 1986.

[[FramingDevice Daily Planet reporter Tim Crane]] comes to interview Lois Elliot (nee [[LoisLane Lane]]) on the anniversary of the death of Superman. [[FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator Lois tells the story]] in a WholeEpisodeFlashback.

After Superman's life has settled into an easy groove as all the villains lie low, he spends his time helping NASA with experiments. Of course, the villains then go berserk, attacking Metropolis in increasingly grisly ways. Superman takes his friends to the Fortress of Solitude, pursued by the Kryptonite Man, the Legion of Supervillains, and creepiest of all, an enslaved LexLuthor, [[MindRape mind rape­­­d]] and taken over by the remains of {{Brainiac}}.

Superman makes his last stand, and survives by the skin of his teeth. He defeats Brainiac, but realizes there's one last villain: [[TheUnpronounceable Mxyzptlk.]] Bored after spending 2,000 years as [[HarmlessVillain a mischievous imp]], Mxyzptlk has decided to try being [[NotSoHarmlessVillain truly evil]]. Superman is no match for Mxyzptlk's godlike power, but thanks to a warning from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}, he's able to kill Mxyzptlk using the Phantom Zone projector. Appalled that he's violated his code against killing, Superman exposes himself to gold kryptonite (permanently robbing himself of all powers) and apparently commits suicide by exposure to the elements.

Back at the FramingDevice, Tim Crane thanks Lois for her story, leaves, passing Lois's husband Jordan Elliot. It's revealed that '''Jor'''dan '''El'''liot is actually Superman and that he's in his retirement, happy to enjoy an ordinary life for once. Jordan, crazy in love with Lois, [[AsideGlance winks at the audience]], enjoys a HappyEnding... and misses the fact that his infant son is exhibiting SuperStrength.


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That's the tale. As time went on, the fans rejected the modern era Superman, and the classic Silver Age trappings came back. However, the legacy of this story would continue to endure.

Just as this story was [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman's "epilogue" following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a similar story has come in the wake of ''FinalCrisis'', {{Batman}}'s ''"WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader"'' The two stories are similar in presence, but while "Tomorrow" was a tribute to the Silver Age Superman (whose tenure is debated to last all the way to TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks; the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, Kal-L would later return in ''InfiniteCrisis''), "Caped Crusader", which followed in the death of Bruce Wayne in ''Final Crisis'', is a tribute/epilogue to '''all''' versions of the Bruce Wayne Batman, as told by the various versions of his allies and enemies. Both storylines however, maintain a theme of renewal, "Tomorrow" sees the future of Superman passed onto the next generation, and "Caped Crusader" sees Batman reborn to continue his crusade against injustice.

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!!Provides Examples Of
* ActionGirl: Lana. And she does make a difference in the story where even Superman couldn't because the superpowers she gains aren't affected by Kryptonite. [[spoiler: Though they can be removed by transmuting the elements in the treatment she took.]]
* AlienGeometries: Lois described the true form of Mxyzptlk as having "length, width, breadth, and a couple other things."
* AllStarCast: The story was penned by the legendary AlanMoore, who wrote some of the most thought-provoking ''Superman'' tales, and iconic [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Superman'' 1950's comic book artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger. Perhaps the most fitting farewell to the classic Supes you can get.
* AlmightyJanitor: In something of a literal sense.
* AndIMustScream: Luthor [[spoiler: ... until he musters enough willpower to [[ICannotSelfTerminate beg Lana Lang to kill him]].]] [[spoiler:[[MercyKill She complies.]]]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Since it was the swan song of the SilverAge Superman, Alan Moore was given a free hand.
* BabiesEverAfter: At end of the story, Superman lives an ordinary life with Lois and his son Jonathan.
* BerserkButton: You shouldn't have killed Lana, Lightning Lord...
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Mxyzptlk
* BigBad: Mxyzptlk
* BigBadWannabe: Brainiac and the League of Supervillains in particular want very much to be Superman's greatest foe, but in the end look rather pathetic (Brainiac ditching Luthor's corpse and desperately trying to reach Superman in the midst of a total system failure, the League running back to the future with their tails between their legs after triggering Supes' BerserkButton).
* BodyHorror: The ''new'' Brainiac-Luthor team.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The trophy the Legion gives Superman.]]
* TheChessmaster: Mxyzptlk
* ContinuityNod: In ''Superman/Batman'' where the World's Finest pair change the grim-and-gritty, dystopian ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' future into the idyllic Man Of Tomorrow-verse, essentially choosing that alternate future as the "correct" one for DC. If you loved TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and were irritated by ''Kingdom Come'', it was pretty awesome.
* CreatorCameo: Curt Swan, Jenette Kahn, and Julie Schwartz are all on the cover of Action Comics #583, waving goodbye to Superman.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Invoked by Lois when Mxyzptlk appears.
-->'''Lois:''' He didn't look ''funny'' anymore.
** Compare this story to any other SilverAge Superman story. Let's just say it's made clear very quickly that this is ''final''.
* DeadSidekick: Bye, [[spoiler:JimmyOlsen and Krypto.]]
* DirtyCoward: The Legion of Supervillains [[spoiler:come from the future because there was going to be a great victory that day.]] Naturally they only fight when they are sure they will win and when they get scared they flee back to their time period.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Luthor/Brainiac fusion.
* EldritchAbomination: Mr. Mxyzptlk's true form, as well as a...
* EnergyBeing
-->'''Mxyzptlk:''' You didn't think a 5th-dimensional sorcerer ''really'' looked like a funny little man in a bowler hat, did you?
* EurekaMoment: The Legion's gift to Superman, and what the trophy is holding.
* TheEveryman: Jordan Elliot, to Superman's utter delight.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The death of Mr Mxyzptlk, who's humanoid EnergyBeing form is torn in half on panel, as he screams in pain and horror... Also, Lana Lang being fried by electricity from [[PsychoElectro Lightning Lord]].
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator Lois tells the story in a WholeEpisodeFlashback.
* ForTheEvulz: Mxyzptlk.
* GenreThrowback: The cover of the first part is much like a very Silver Age Superman story that makes promises of such outrageous things that there is no way they could ever actually happen but the reader just has to buy it anyway! [[spoiler: Except they ALL do!]]
* GrandFinale: For SilverAge Superman.
* HeroicSacrifice: Krypto, who manages to kill the Kryptonite Man before he can reach Superman, but is fatally poisoned in the process.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Luthor gains enough control to beg Lana to kill him to stop Brainiac. She complies.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Clark, I mean Jordan, got his wish. Jordan mocks Superman in the beginning of the story, proclaiming that the ordinary working Joe is the ''real'' hero, then when teased by Lois about really enjoying his life, Jordan remarks that Superman was deluded into thinking the world couldn't go on without him.
* LockedOutOfTheFight: Several of Superman's heroic allies come to help him in the final battle, but are kept out by a ForceField until it's all over.
* MeaningfulRename: '''Jor'''dan '''El'''liot, the identity adopted by Clark after losing his powers.
* MercyKill: Lana gives poor Lex one of these at his pleading.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Poor Lana. At least it was in an HeroicSacrifice, but still. . .
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Everybody, really. Superman is deeply disturbed by this; when the nuisances of the past come back as murderers, what happens when the murderers come back? Special note to Toyman, Prankster, Bizarro, and Mxy.
** Ironically, Toyman and the Prankster are murderers Post-Crisis.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
-->'''Superman''': '''YOU HURT ''LANA''?!'''
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The rare male variant, Pete Ross.
* TakeThatMe / ThatManIsDead:
-->'''Jordan:''' Superman was overrated. Too wrapped up in himself. Thought the world couldn't get along without him.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: This comic book, dealing with the end of Superman, mentions 13 villains total, with the last one, "his greatest foe" pushing him to his end.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Subverted... and yet, played straight after a fashion:
-->'''Superman''': I broke my oath. I killed him. Nobody has the right to kill. Not Mxyzptlk... not you... not Superman. ''Especially'' not Superman.
** Saturn Queen is shocked that Superman's ''not'' bluffing when he attacks the trio with heat vision after their murder of Lana Lang, noting he's prepared to ''kill''.
* [[DoubleEntendre Triple Entendre]]: "This is an Imaginary Story... Aren't they all?", which can be taken several ways:
** This is a WhatIf story.
** This is a canonical ending to the original Superman tales before John Byrne's reboot.
** [[FictionIdentityPostulate All comic books are imaginary stories, so this story is as valid as any other.]]
* TricksterArchetype: Mxyzptlk remains one. He's just gone from Anansi to (post FaceHeelTurn) Loki.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Lana Lang.
* YouAreTooLate: Despite their best efforts, the rest of the worlds heroes are unable to assist Superman in time, as Braniac's force field is blocking off the Fortress, even after his death. Once it falls, its already too late.
* {{Zeerust}}: The fashion in the story is less futuristic/modern and more '80s. Lois Lane's dress in particular looks ''exactly'' like [[http://jamesbondmm.co.uk/bond-girls/talisa-soto?id=005 Bond Girl Lupe Lamora's]].
** Tim Crane wears a hideous "futuristic" 1970's leisure suit.

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[[caption-width-right:300:See ya, big guy. You'll be missed.]]

->''"This is an Imaginary Story... Aren't they '''all'''?"''

{{Superman}} really hit his stride in TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, which introduced things like multi-colored Kryptonite, {{Supergirl}}, Bizarro, and the Fortress of Solitude. Even today, much of what the average person knows about Supes (not counting his death) comes from that period.

Then came the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a mega-event that reset the continuity of every DC title. Thus began the modern, JohnByrne era of Superman which strove to be more "realistic." Realizing that Silver Age Superman deserved a grand finale, Julius Schwartz hired AlanMoore, and Superman ur-artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger (who was also best known for defining the look of LoisLane, and his work on ''{{Shazam}}'' and the Captain Marvel Family tales), and made the last Silver Age tale--an "imaginary story." Published in September, 1986.

[[FramingDevice Daily Planet reporter Tim Crane]] comes to interview Lois Elliot (nee [[LoisLane Lane]]) on the anniversary of the death of Superman. [[FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator Lois tells the story]] in a WholeEpisodeFlashback.

After Superman's life has settled into an easy groove as all the villains lie low, he spends his time helping NASA with experiments. Of course, the villains then go berserk, attacking Metropolis in increasingly grisly ways. Superman takes his friends to the Fortress of Solitude, pursued by the Kryptonite Man, the Legion of Supervillains, and creepiest of all, an enslaved LexLuthor, [[MindRape mind rape­­­d]] and taken over by the remains of {{Brainiac}}.

Superman makes his last stand, and survives by the skin of his teeth. He defeats Brainiac, but realizes there's one last villain: [[TheUnpronounceable Mxyzptlk.]] Bored after spending 2,000 years as [[HarmlessVillain a mischievous imp]], Mxyzptlk has decided to try being [[NotSoHarmlessVillain truly evil]]. Superman is no match for Mxyzptlk's godlike power, but thanks to a warning from the ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}, he's able to kill Mxyzptlk using the Phantom Zone projector. Appalled that he's violated his code against killing, Superman exposes himself to gold kryptonite (permanently robbing himself of all powers) and apparently commits suicide by exposure to the elements.

Back at the FramingDevice, Tim Crane thanks Lois for her story, leaves, passing Lois's husband Jordan Elliot. It's revealed that '''Jor'''dan '''El'''liot is actually Superman and that he's in his retirement, happy to enjoy an ordinary life for once. Jordan, crazy in love with Lois, [[AsideGlance winks at the audience]], enjoys a HappyEnding... and misses the fact that his infant son is exhibiting SuperStrength.


----

That's the tale. As time went on, the fans rejected the modern era Superman, and the classic Silver Age trappings came back. However, the legacy of this story would continue to endure.

Just as this story was [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman's "epilogue" following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a similar story has come in the wake of ''FinalCrisis'', {{Batman}}'s ''"WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader"'' The two stories are similar in presence, but while "Tomorrow" was a tribute to the Silver Age Superman (whose tenure is debated to last all the way to TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks; the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, Kal-L would later return in ''InfiniteCrisis''), "Caped Crusader", which followed in the death of Bruce Wayne in ''Final Crisis'', is a tribute/epilogue to '''all''' versions of the Bruce Wayne Batman, as told by the various versions of his allies and enemies. Both storylines however, maintain a theme of renewal, "Tomorrow" sees the future of Superman passed onto the next generation, and "Caped Crusader" sees Batman reborn to continue his crusade against injustice.

----
!!Provides Examples Of
* ActionGirl: Lana. And she does make a difference in the story where even Superman couldn't because the superpowers she gains aren't affected by Kryptonite. [[spoiler: Though they can be removed by transmuting the elements in the treatment she took.]]
* AlienGeometries: Lois described the true form of Mxyzptlk as having "length, width, breadth, and a couple other things."
* AllStarCast: The story was penned by the legendary AlanMoore, who wrote some of the most thought-provoking ''Superman'' tales, and iconic [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Superman'' 1950's comic book artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger. Perhaps the most fitting farewell to the classic Supes you can get.
* AlmightyJanitor: In something of a literal sense.
* AndIMustScream: Luthor [[spoiler: ... until he musters enough willpower to [[ICannotSelfTerminate beg Lana Lang to kill him]].]] [[spoiler:[[MercyKill She complies.]]]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Since it was the swan song of the SilverAge Superman, Alan Moore was given a free hand.
* BabiesEverAfter: At end of the story, Superman lives an ordinary life with Lois and his son Jonathan.
* BerserkButton: You shouldn't have killed Lana, Lightning Lord...
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Mxyzptlk
* BigBad: Mxyzptlk
* BigBadWannabe: Brainiac and the League of Supervillains in particular want very much to be Superman's greatest foe, but in the end look rather pathetic (Brainiac ditching Luthor's corpse and desperately trying to reach Superman in the midst of a total system failure, the League running back to the future with their tails between their legs after triggering Supes' BerserkButton).
* BodyHorror: The ''new'' Brainiac-Luthor team.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The trophy the Legion gives Superman.]]
* TheChessmaster: Mxyzptlk
* ContinuityNod: In ''Superman/Batman'' where the World's Finest pair change the grim-and-gritty, dystopian ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' future into the idyllic Man Of Tomorrow-verse, essentially choosing that alternate future as the "correct" one for DC. If you loved TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and were irritated by ''Kingdom Come'', it was pretty awesome.
* CreatorCameo: Curt Swan, Jenette Kahn, and Julie Schwartz are all on the cover of Action Comics #583, waving goodbye to Superman.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Invoked by Lois when Mxyzptlk appears.
-->'''Lois:''' He didn't look ''funny'' anymore.
** Compare this story to any other SilverAge Superman story. Let's just say it's made clear very quickly that this is ''final''.
* DeadSidekick: Bye, [[spoiler:JimmyOlsen and Krypto.]]
* DirtyCoward: The Legion of Supervillains [[spoiler:come from the future because there was going to be a great victory that day.]] Naturally they only fight when they are sure they will win and when they get scared they flee back to their time period.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Luthor/Brainiac fusion.
* EldritchAbomination: Mr. Mxyzptlk's true form, as well as a...
* EnergyBeing
-->'''Mxyzptlk:''' You didn't think a 5th-dimensional sorcerer ''really'' looked like a funny little man in a bowler hat, did you?
* EurekaMoment: The Legion's gift to Superman, and what the trophy is holding.
* TheEveryman: Jordan Elliot, to Superman's utter delight.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The death of Mr Mxyzptlk, who's humanoid EnergyBeing form is torn in half on panel, as he screams in pain and horror... Also, Lana Lang being fried by electricity from [[PsychoElectro Lightning Lord]].
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator Lois tells the story in a WholeEpisodeFlashback.
* ForTheEvulz: Mxyzptlk.
* GenreThrowback: The cover of the first part is much like a very Silver Age Superman story that makes promises of such outrageous things that there is no way they could ever actually happen but the reader just has to buy it anyway! [[spoiler: Except they ALL do!]]
* GrandFinale: For SilverAge Superman.
* HeroicSacrifice: Krypto, who manages to kill the Kryptonite Man before he can reach Superman, but is fatally poisoned in the process.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Luthor gains enough control to beg Lana to kill him to stop Brainiac. She complies.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Clark, I mean Jordan, got his wish. Jordan mocks Superman in the beginning of the story, proclaiming that the ordinary working Joe is the ''real'' hero, then when teased by Lois about really enjoying his life, Jordan remarks that Superman was deluded into thinking the world couldn't go on without him.
* LockedOutOfTheFight: Several of Superman's heroic allies come to help him in the final battle, but are kept out by a ForceField until it's all over.
* MeaningfulRename: '''Jor'''dan '''El'''liot, the identity adopted by Clark after losing his powers.
* MercyKill: Lana gives poor Lex one of these at his pleading.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Poor Lana. At least it was in an HeroicSacrifice, but still. . .
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Everybody, really. Superman is deeply disturbed by this; when the nuisances of the past come back as murderers, what happens when the murderers come back? Special note to Toyman, Prankster, Bizarro, and Mxy.
** Ironically, Toyman and the Prankster are murderers Post-Crisis.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
-->'''Superman''': '''YOU HURT ''LANA''?!'''
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: The rare male variant, Pete Ross.
* TakeThatMe / ThatManIsDead:
-->'''Jordan:''' Superman was overrated. Too wrapped up in himself. Thought the world couldn't get along without him.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: This comic book, dealing with the end of Superman, mentions 13 villains total, with the last one, "his greatest foe" pushing him to his end.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Subverted... and yet, played straight after a fashion:
-->'''Superman''': I broke my oath. I killed him. Nobody has the right to kill. Not Mxyzptlk... not you... not Superman. ''Especially'' not Superman.
** Saturn Queen is shocked that Superman's ''not'' bluffing when he attacks the trio with heat vision after their murder of Lana Lang, noting he's prepared to ''kill''.
* [[DoubleEntendre Triple Entendre]]: "This is an Imaginary Story... Aren't they all?", which can be taken several ways:
** This is a WhatIf story.
** This is a canonical ending to the original Superman tales before John Byrne's reboot.
** [[FictionIdentityPostulate All comic books are imaginary stories, so this story is as valid as any other.]]
* TricksterArchetype: Mxyzptlk remains one. He's just gone from Anansi to (post FaceHeelTurn) Loki.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Lana Lang.
* YouAreTooLate: Despite their best efforts, the rest of the worlds heroes are unable to assist Superman in time, as Braniac's force field is blocking off the Fortress, even after his death. Once it falls, its already too late.
* {{Zeerust}}: The fashion in the story is less futuristic/modern and more '80s. Lois Lane's dress in particular looks ''exactly'' like [[http://jamesbondmm.co.uk/bond-girls/talisa-soto?id=005 Bond Girl Lupe Lamora's]].
** Tim Crane wears a hideous "futuristic" 1970's leisure suit.

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18th Apr '13 6:43:57 PM Gregzilla
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* FirstGirlWins: Sadly for Lana, no.
** Lois is both the first girl to appear in the story AND the first girl to appear, period. It's more UnluckyChildhoodFriend.


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* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Lana Lang.
16th Apr '13 5:43:16 AM ZimsMostLoyalServant
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* GeorgeLucasCallBack: The cover of the first part is much like a very Silver Age Superman story that makes promises of such outrageous things that there is no way they could ever actually happen but the reader just has to buy it anyway! [[Spoiler: Except they ALL do!]]

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* GeorgeLucasCallBack: GenreThrowback: The cover of the first part is much like a very Silver Age Superman story that makes promises of such outrageous things that there is no way they could ever actually happen but the reader just has to buy it anyway! [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Except they ALL do!]]
11th Apr '13 9:26:56 AM JAF1970
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Then came the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a mega-event that reset the continuity of every DC title. Thus began the modern, JohnByrne era of Superman which strove to be more "realistic." Realizing that Silver Age Superman deserved a grand finale, Julius Schwartz hired AlanMoore, and Superman ur-artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger (who was also best known for his work on ''{{Shazam}}'' and the Captain Marvel Family tales), and made the last Silver Age tale--an "imaginary story." Published in September, 1986.

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Then came the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a mega-event that reset the continuity of every DC title. Thus began the modern, JohnByrne era of Superman which strove to be more "realistic." Realizing that Silver Age Superman deserved a grand finale, Julius Schwartz hired AlanMoore, and Superman ur-artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger (who was also best known for defining the look of LoisLane, and his work on ''{{Shazam}}'' and the Captain Marvel Family tales), and made the last Silver Age tale--an "imaginary story." Published in September, 1986.
11th Apr '13 9:25:00 AM JAF1970
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Then came the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a mega-event that reset the continuity of every DC title. Thus began the modern, JohnByrne era of Superman which strove to be more "realistic." Realizing that Silver Age Superman deserved a grand finale, Julius Schwartz hired AlanMoore and Superman ur-artist Curt Swan made the last Silver Age tale--an "imaginary story." Published in September, 1986.

to:

Then came the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a mega-event that reset the continuity of every DC title. Thus began the modern, JohnByrne era of Superman which strove to be more "realistic." Realizing that Silver Age Superman deserved a grand finale, Julius Schwartz hired AlanMoore AlanMoore, and Superman ur-artist ur-artists Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger (who was also best known for his work on ''{{Shazam}}'' and the Captain Marvel Family tales), and made the last Silver Age tale--an "imaginary story." Published in September, 1986.
3rd Apr '13 9:26:45 AM Greenygal
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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Mxyzptlk



** Compare this story to any other SilverAge Superman story. Lets just say its made clear very quickly that this is ''final''.

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** Compare this story to any other SilverAge Superman story. Lets Let's just say its it's made clear very quickly that this is ''final''.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The death of Mr Mxysptlk, who's humanoid EnergyBeing form is torn in half on panel, as he screams in pain and horror... Also, Lana Lang being fried by electricity from [[PsychoElectro Lightning Lord]].

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The death of Mr Mxysptlk, Mxyzptlk, who's humanoid EnergyBeing form is torn in half on panel, as he screams in pain and horror... Also, Lana Lang being fried by electricity from [[PsychoElectro Lightning Lord]].
23rd Feb '13 5:21:41 PM Twiddler
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Just as this story was [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman's "epilogue" following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a similar story has come in the wake of ''FinalCrisis'', {{Batman}}'s ''"WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader?"'' The two stories are similar in presence, but while "Tomorrow" was a tribute to the Silver Age Superman (whose tenure is debated to last all the way to TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks; the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, Kal-L would later return in ''InfiniteCrisis''), "Caped Crusader", which followed in the death of Bruce Wayne in ''Final Crisis'', is a tribute/epilogue to '''all''' versions of the Bruce Wayne Batman, as told by the various versions of his allies and enemies. Both storylines however, maintain a theme of renewal, "Tomorrow" sees the future of Superman passed onto the next generation, and "Caped Crusader" sees Batman reborn to continue his crusade against injustice.

to:

Just as this story was [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman's "epilogue" following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', a similar story has come in the wake of ''FinalCrisis'', {{Batman}}'s ''"WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader?"'' ''"WhateverHappenedToTheCapedCrusader"'' The two stories are similar in presence, but while "Tomorrow" was a tribute to the Silver Age Superman (whose tenure is debated to last all the way to TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks; the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, Kal-L would later return in ''InfiniteCrisis''), "Caped Crusader", which followed in the death of Bruce Wayne in ''Final Crisis'', is a tribute/epilogue to '''all''' versions of the Bruce Wayne Batman, as told by the various versions of his allies and enemies. Both storylines however, maintain a theme of renewal, "Tomorrow" sees the future of Superman passed onto the next generation, and "Caped Crusader" sees Batman reborn to continue his crusade against injustice.
15th Jan '13 2:54:19 PM Thecommander236
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* AndIMustScream: Luthor [[spoiler:...until he musters enough willpower to [[ICannotSelfTerminate beg Lana Lang to kill him]].]] [[spoiler:[[MercyKill She complies.]]]]

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* AndIMustScream: Luthor [[spoiler:...[[spoiler: ... until he musters enough willpower to [[ICannotSelfTerminate beg Lana Lang to kill him]].]] [[spoiler:[[MercyKill She complies.]]]]



* ThouShaltNotKill: Subverted...and yet, played straight after a fashion:

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Subverted... and yet, played straight after a fashion:
12th Jan '13 5:30:39 AM Arivne
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* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]: At end of the story, [[spoiler:Superman lives an ordinary life with Lois and his son Jonathan.]]

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* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]: BabiesEverAfter: At end of the story, [[spoiler:Superman Superman lives an ordinary life with Lois and his son Jonathan.]]



* BigBad: [[spoiler:Mxyzptlk]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Mxyzptlk]]Mxyzptlk



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Mxyzptlk]]

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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Mxyzptlk]]Mxyzptlk



* [[spoiler: DeadSidekick. Bye, JimmyOlsen and Krypto.]]
* DirtyCoward: The Legion of Supervillains [[spoiler: come from the future because there was going to be a great victory that day.]] Naturally they only fight when they are sure they will win and when they get scared they flee back to their time period.

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* [[spoiler: DeadSidekick. DeadSidekick: Bye, JimmyOlsen [[spoiler:JimmyOlsen and Krypto.]]
* DirtyCoward: The Legion of Supervillains [[spoiler: come [[spoiler:come from the future because there was going to be a great victory that day.]] Naturally they only fight when they are sure they will win and when they get scared they flee back to their time period.



* GeorgeLucasCallBack: The cover of the first part is much like a very Silver Age Superman story that makes promises of such outrages things that there is no way they could ever actually happen but the reader just has to buy it anyway! [[Spoiler: Except they ALL do!]]

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* GeorgeLucasCallBack: The cover of the first part is much like a very Silver Age Superman story that makes promises of such outrages outrageous things that there is no way they could ever actually happen but the reader just has to buy it anyway! [[Spoiler: Except they ALL do!]]



* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Everybody, really. Superman is deeply disturbed by this; when the nuisances of the past come back as murderers, what happens when the murderers come back? Special note to Toyman, Prankster, Bizarro, and [[spoiler:Mxy]].

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Everybody, really. Superman is deeply disturbed by this; when the nuisances of the past come back as murderers, what happens when the murderers come back? Special note to Toyman, Prankster, Bizarro, and [[spoiler:Mxy]].Mxy.



* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:Subverted...and yet, played straight after a fashion:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Superman''': I broke my oath. I killed him. Nobody has the right to kill. Not Mxyzptlk... not you... not Superman. ''Especially'' not Superman.]]

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* ThouShaltNotKill: [[spoiler:Subverted...Subverted...and yet, played straight after a fashion:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Superman''':
fashion:
-->'''Superman''':
I broke my oath. I killed him. Nobody has the right to kill. Not Mxyzptlk... not you... not Superman. ''Especially'' not Superman.]]



* TricksterArchetype: [[spoiler:Mxyzptlk]] remains one. He's just gone from Anansi to (post FaceHeelTurn) Loki.

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* TricksterArchetype: [[spoiler:Mxyzptlk]] Mxyzptlk remains one. He's just gone from Anansi to (post FaceHeelTurn) Loki.
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