The comic book character has been beset by this query for decades. The golden sun of Earth gives Kal-El, the final survivor of Krypton, his power and invulnerability. He ages far more slowly than the rest of humanity and is in excellent physical shape. Does that, however, imply immortality?
That query is ultimately addressed by DC Comics. And appropriately, the question is addressed in the 1,000th issue of Action Comics, the comic that originally featured Superman.
Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, John Workman, Dan Jurgens, Peter J. Tomasi, Pat Gleason, Marv Wolfman, and Brian Michael Bendis are just a few of the legendary DC Comics writers and artists whose work is included in Action Comics’ 1,000th issue anthology anniversary edition.
The answer to the age-old query of Superman’s immortality is, however, what matters most.
Superman is portrayed as existing billions of years in the future of Earth in the short story “Of Tomorrow” by Tom King, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, and John Workman (via ScreenRant). And he will live until the end of time (literally).
He is immortal, so yes.
Five pages from the story, which depict Superman visiting the graves of Jonathan and Martha Kent and reflecting on his lengthy relationship with Lois Lane and their son Jonathan, were posted by King on his Twitter account.
DC is letting me post the complete Superman story @Clay_Mann_, @whoajordie, and I did for the upcoming Action Comics 1,000. Hope you like it, and I hope you pick up the issue, which has a few more like this one. pic.twitter.com/70ICUJng5H
Tom King (@TomKingTK) March 7, 2018
Thanks to the “Eternity Formula,” Lois also lives to a ripe old age and keeps working as an intergalactic correspondent. Despite Superman’s caustic observation that Lois is “The Eternity Formula is getting old. She’s sick of grape; it tastes like grape.”
Around him, Earth starts to split and explode as the story comes to a close. When it happens, Superman bids his parents a final farewell before continuing to live on and guard the galaxy for countless aeons to come.
“A dramatic and emotional narrative about Superman’s final chat and tribute to the loving Kansas couple that rescued him and nurtured him as their own so many years ago,” is how DC Comics describes the tale.
In response to this tale, DC Comics declared that Superman is unkillable and that the yellow sun is still present.
On April 18, 2018, Action Comics #1000 will be on sale at bookstores.