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MOORE, ALAN - CURT SWAN / MURPHY ANDERSON - Action Comics #583 cover art, final Superman - SOLD... to one of the nicest collectors in the hobby!

Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Cover
Artists: Murphy Anderson Inker
Curt Swan Penciller

Action Comics #583 cover: The last Superman story Writer: Alan Moore September 1986 Penciller: Curt Swan Inker: Murphy Anderson aka SwAnderson "Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow?" This comic book cover has a climactic image with a forlorn Superman soaring off the roof of the Daily Planet and everyone saving good-bye. This group includes the four comic creators people standing in front, left to right - Murphy Anderson, Curt Swan, Jenette Kahn, Julius Schwartz, next to Supes pals & gals Perry, Lois, Lana, Jimmy with his dog Krypto to the front... And surrounding the civilians, Superman's heroic partners - Batman & Robin, the silver-age JLA, Shazam, Wonder Woman the three founding Legion of Super-heroes members. After DC closed their multi-verses in the maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths. DC would also reboot the history of it's founding hero, Superman, leading to the idea of a last in-continuity story for the character. "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" is a 1986 comic book story featuring the DC Comics character of Superman. Written by Alan Moore with help from long-time, and soon to be retiring, Superman editor, Julius Schwartz, the story was published in two parts, beginning in Superman # 423 and ending in Action Comics #583, both published in September 1986. The story was drawn by long-time artist Curt Swan, in his final major contribution to the Superman titles, and was inked by George Pérez in the issue of Superman and Kurt Schaffenberger in the issue of Action Comics. The story was an imaginary tale which told the final story of the Silver Age Superman and his long history before the Modern era re-launch by writer/ artist John Byrne in the series, The Man of Steel. Superman editor Schwartz asked British writer, Alan Moore, to be the writer of this final story. Moore incorporated the extensive history of Superman and used historic tough points that would roundup the stories and characters. Schwartz used definitive Superman artist Curt Swan, who had been drawing the character in various publications since Superman #51 in 1948. Moore wanted his plot to honor the long history of the character and to serve as a complete conclusion to his mythology. The story is a frame story set ten years after Superman was last seen, where Lois Lane recounts the tale of the end of Superman's career to a reporter from the Daily Planet. Her story includes numerous violent attacks against Superman by his enemies, the public revelation of his secret identity of Clark Kent and a number of deaths of those closest to him. This final issue of this two-part story depicted the final showdown of Supes final battle with his most classic villains with Superman being assisted by his friends The story has been cited as one of the best stories of the character of Superman, and critics and audiences frequently choose it as one of the most memorable comics ever published. It is used as an example of how to close the long-time continuity of a comic book character. The story's legacy has endured with similar stories written as tributes to it. The title is a reference to one of the nicknames of Superman as the Man of Tomorrow, and was used in the title of another Superman comic book series This iconic cover artwork has only had a single previous owner, who had the art signed to him from the artist Curt Swan in 1989. That individual won the original art, which had been donated by Curt to a golf charity, in a raffle event close to the first years of the publication date. It was matted, framed and hung in a place of prominence in his home in the decades since. Our negotiations for this incredible piece have a history dating back many years and at times seemed to grow as cold as the Fortress of Solitude... But recently timing on both side seemed to finally align and at long last we worked out a deal for this long sought purchase. What a relief. Have just acquired custody of the art from the owner at a Bank of America office in the hub of Manhattan, facing the entrance of Madison Square Garden and in the alignment of the Empire State building between 34th and 33rd Street, it gives us pause to consider...truly a deal finished in the American way!

Sold... to one of the nicest collectors!

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