Superman Quits!

By Mike Johnson

Superman #201. November 1967. I was 10 when this was published.

Clark Kent is wracked by guilt. While saving earth from a monster, a friend is killed by a falling boulder. Clark blames himself for not being there.

A few days later, he stops jewel robbers but bullets ricocheting off his chest nearly kill Lois Lane.

Clark decides he's a menace to humanity.

He quits being Superman & rockets to a planet with a red sun, where he has no powers. He builds a new, happy life until a new criminal appears. Clark jumps in & saves this world.

He realizes his destiny is to be Superman & returns to earth.

Superman traveled the doubt-to-clarity journey we all experience.

It's stories like this, my remembered feelings of childhood, the quirky ads & amazing cover art that push me to collect 1960's comics.

Most well-used "reader" quality comics, like this book in my collection, can be found for under $10 on e-Bay.

On the other end of the scale, a pristine copy of Action Comics #1 (1938) with the first appearance of Superman, just sold for $3.5 million.

Like all interests in life, you can choose to make it a hobby, or make it a business. Enjoy the journey.

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