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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.

#04 on Wizard Magazine's "100 Best Single Issue Comics Since You Were Born" list.

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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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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