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Superman (1939) - Annual 11
"For The Man Who Has Everything..."
DC Comics


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  Writer(s):
Alan Moore - 'Curt Vile / Jill Deray / The Original Writer'

Penciller(s):
Dave Gibbons

Inker(s):
Dave Gibbons

Colorist(s):
Tom Ziuko

Letterer(s):
Dave Gibbons

Editor(s):
E. Nelson Bridwell
Julius Schwartz

Cover Artist(s):
Dave Gibbons
 

Rating (out of 10):
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Cover Date: Annual 1985
Cover Price: US $ 1.25

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 48 pages

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Letters Column: Metropolis Mailbag Annual

Synopsis:
Batman, Robin (Jason Todd) and Wonder Woman visit the Fortress of Solitude for Superman's birthday. Anxious about buying appropriate gifts "for the man who has everything", their fears are replaced with weightier concerns when they discover a catatonic Superman under the control of Mongul.

The villain has trapped Superman's mind in pursuit of his fondest ambitions, rendering him complely subdued and vulnerable. While in this state we, Superman's greatest desire is revealed to the audience, but none of the other characters, to have lived as a normal husband and father on an un-exploded Krypton.

Moore and Gibbons spend a good deal of time painting a picture of a domesticated Kal-El with a still-living Jor-El, a wife and a son.

Meanwhile, Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman try, mostly unsuccessfully, to defeat Mongul and rescue Superman.

Eventually, though, it is Kal-El's own mental strength that allows him to turn away from the fantasy and come back to assist his friends before Mongul kills them all.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003) TPB
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012) HC
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012) TPB
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006) TPB
DC-sankarit: Tekijänä Alan Moore (2007) HC
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (1987) HC vol. 01
The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told (1987) TPB vol. 01
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005) #1
Superman vs. Mongul (2013) TPB
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (1997) HC
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (1997) TPB

Notes:
This story adapted into a Justice League Unlimited episode of the same name, with Moore and Gibbons receiving a "story by" credit on that episode.

This story is considered by many comic book historians to be one of the best Superman stories of the character's first 50 years. Indeed, it appears in the trade, The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told.

Contains a 1 page drawing of Superman by Dave Gibbons.

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