"Death Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry": Inside the Fortress of Solitude, Superman makes a routine call to Van-Zee in the bottle city of Kandor. Superman apologizes for interrupting Van's meditation and this leads to a heated discussi
DC Retroactive: Superman-The '70s #1 is an issue of the series DC Retroactive: Superman (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 2011. It was published on July 27, 2011.
Synopsis for "Death Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry"
Inside the Fortress of Solitude, Superman makes a routine call to Van-Zee in the bottle city of Kandor. Superman apologizes for interrupting Van's meditation and this leads to a heated discussion. Superman complains that it has been a busy week for him. First, he had to battle Bizarro and then there was a break-out at the Mount Olympus Correctional Facility. Superman was able to capture all of the escapees with the exception of the mastermind behind it, the Master Jailer. Hearing this, Van-Zee informs his friend that even Superman needs sleep. He suggests that Superman send Supergirl to the Crystal Hill Game Preserve dedication in his place, then he could get some much needed rest. Superman snaps at Van-Zee's suggestion, thus ending the conversation. Later, Van-Zee and Supergirl discuss how they have never seen Superman so cranky.
On his way back to Metropolis, Superman thinks about how he has been kind of a jerk to his friends lately. He returns to the WGBS building just in time to see Master Jailer going after Lana Lang, and he takes the villain out with relative ease.
Afterwards, Lana throws herself at Superman, but once again Superman has to let her down easy. This causes Lois Lane to become jealous and she wants to argue about it. The Man of Steel continues at the task at hand, repairing the damage caused by the Master Jailer, and ends the argument by flying off. Morgan Edge comes into the room and wonders where Clark Kent and Steve Lombard are.
Meanwhile, SKULL is attacking the Superman Museum. Superman arrives in record time and squares off against the Atomic Skull. While the Atomic Skull attacks, Superman begins to feel the effects of the villain's powers, but they seem to pass right through the other agents of SKULL.
Superman heads back to the WGBS building where, via his X-ray vision and super hearing, he sees Lois defending Lana as they are leaving the building together. Superman is glad the two are now getting along, and he heads inside to change back into Clark Kent to appear on the nightly news.
Meanwhile, we find out that Mr. Mxyzptlk has been causing all of the weirdness going on with the Man of Steel. Apparently, he's in deep trouble with Grbnsqz the Wagerer, as he is in the midst of a double or nothing bet. If he loses, he has to work for the Wagerer for the rest of his life. Mxyzptlk says he can prove that Superman can be just as emotional as anyone, and eventually his being hyper-emotional will eventually "destroy" him and everyone around him. Grbnsqz interprets the word "destroy" literally, and now to win the bet, Superman has to kill himself, which isn't what Mxyzptlk had wanted at all.
Back at WGBS, Clark asks about the footage from the SKULL agent's attack on the Superman Museum, but learns that it never happened, which leaves him baffled. However, when Superman meets with Supergirl at the Fortress of Solitude, she shows him the footage of the same battle and it reveals Mxyzptlk's presence.
Suddenly, Metallo crashes through the wall and takes down both Superman and Supergirl. They wake up later and once again Superman is the only one left with the memory of the attack. He heads back to Metropolis and after a supposed battle with Bizarro, he figures out that the attacks always come after he has become angry. Finally, with a little help from Lois, he is able to overcome the effects of Mxyzptlk's "spell" and Mxyzptlk is dragged off by Grbnsqz.
Afterwards, Superman decides to let Supergirl stand in his place at the Crystal Hill Game Preserve dedication as he and Lois take the weekend off at the Fortress of Solitude.
Appearing in "Death Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry"
- Atomic Skull (As an illusion only)
- Bizarro (As an illusion only)
- Master Jailer
- Metallo (As an illusion only)
- Mister Mxyzptlk
- Grbnsqz the Wagerer (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Superman Takes a Wife!"
This story is reprinted from Action Comics #484.
In Metropolis of Earth-Two in the early 1950s, Superman fights the Mechanical Marauders, which were built by Colonel Future. When Superman destroys them, Col. Future declares that he is going to find a way to destroy the Man of Steel.
Elsewhere, Col. Future has the villain known as the Wizard brought before him. He offers him the Glastonbury Wand as payment if the Wizard can permanently remove Superman from the face of the Earth. The Wizard accepts and plans to test the wand immediately.
Meanwhile, Lois and Clark are walking down the street discussing Col. Future's gang. Suddenly, two members from the gang attack them. Clark changes to Superman to fight them, but disappears in the middle of the battle. It seems that the Wizard has cast a spell, making Superman disappear from the face of the Earth.
Later, the ground where Superman vanished opens up and Clark Kent walks off towards Metropolis. Clark doesn't remember he's Superman, and in the days and weeks that follow, he becomes a fist-fighting reporter taking down gambling dens and the like, while also dating Lois Lane. He too begins to wonder what happened to Superman, but no one seems to know.
After almost a year, Lois and Clark get married and on their honeymoon, Col. Future's men try to kill Clark. He survives, leading Lois to get suspicious once again about his true identity. That night, she tries to cut his hair and the scissors break. She realizes that she's married to Superman, but Superman still doesn't remember who he really is. After the honeymoon, Lois does some investigating and tracks down the Wizard, who has become a bum and is asleep on a park bench.
Apparently, since he didn't gain any notoriety for eliminating Superman (after many other criminals also claimed responsibility), the Wizard has lost all of his confidence and cannot perform magic. Lois convinces him to bring the Man of Steel back to prove his power and regain self-respect. When Superman returns, Lois assumes that their marriage is over, but he disagrees and takes her to his Secret Sanctuary, where they renew their vows in a Kryptonian marriage ceremony.
Appearing in "Superman Takes a Wife!"
- Superman (Earth-Two) (Marries Lois Lane)
- Lois Lane (Earth-Two) (Marries Clark Kent) (First appearance as Lois Lane Kent)
- Jimmy Olsen (Earth-Two)
- George Taylor (Earth-Two)
- Lucille Lane Tompkins (Earth-Two) (First appearance)
- Susie Tompkins
- Ella Lane (Earth-Two) (First appearance) (See Notes)
- Colonel Future (Earth-Two) (First appearance)
- The C-F Gang (First appearance)
- Mechanical Marauders (First appearance)
- A mugger
- Joe (informant)
- Jor-L (Earth-Two) (Statue only)
- Lora (Earth-Two) (Statue only)
- Luthor (Earth-Two) (Mentioned only)
- Merlin (Mentioned only)
- Puzzler (Earth-Two) (Mentioned only)
- Wrecker (Earth-Two) (Mentioned only)
- Justice Society of America (Mentioned only)
- Injustice Society (Mentioned only)
- Glastonbury Wand
- Death Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry is a "lost tale" from the 1970s featuring Superman of Earth-One. It appears to take place between Superman #331 (January 1979), in which the Master Jailer first appeared and Superman #332 (February 1979) in which Superman tells Lana Lang that he does not believe that she truly loves him.
- Superman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Action Comics (Volume 2)
- Adventures of Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 1)
- Batman/Superman (Volume 2)
- DC Comics Presents (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 1)
- Superman (Volume 2)
- Superman (Volume 3)
- Superman (Volume 4)
- Superman (Volume 5)
- Superman/Batman (Volume 1)
- Superman Confidential (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Steel (Volume 1)
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (Volume 1)
- Superman/Wonder Woman (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)