Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The Future Man of the Future
The story begins with Superman being made a lawman for the Federation of Planets.
This Superman's first task is to stop a rogue planet from destroying the solar system. Of course, this is just a slight variation on our Superman's continuing battle save the world from asteroids and meteors. This Superman also has his Fortress of Solitude, although his is so different; it's located out in space. Some crooks try to get into it to steal some weapons, but Superman catches them. We get more of the creepy DC scientofascism here:
The story ends somewhat abruptly with Klar getting an assignment from his robot editor. Muto, the future Superman's greatest enemy, has been spotted robbing a Neptunian bank. Klar realizes he must track the alien down.
The tale of the future Superman continued about six months later in Action #338-339. Muto reveals to three of his henchmen why he wants to kill Superman. See, his parents were on a trip in space when Superman (actually the father of the 2965 Supes) accidentally ripped open a dimensional warp while saving Earth from yet another comet. Their rocket went into the dimensional warp where Muto was born and:
That pretty much sets the tone for most of the rest of the final chapter of the story. Muto tries various tricks to get Superman surrounded by sea water. Oh, and at one point Muto aims a growth ray on everybody in Metropolis, which causes havoc:
Comments: The decision to make the future Superman's weakness sea water seems kinda silly. Basically crooks could just carry water pistols around with them to handle him. Indeed, in a later World's Finest issue, the future Joker is shown on the cover downing Superman with a squirt from the trick flower in his lapel.
Posted by Pat at 11:39 AM