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Silver Age September – Clark Kent’s Incredible Delusion

by  in Comic News Comment

After a month of spotlighting the strange (if endearingly strange) history of comic books (and especially the Silver Age), I think it is worthwhile to show the comic books of the Silver Age that are simply great stories period. Here is an archive of all the Silver Age comics features so far!

Today we look at an unusual 1965 Superman story (#174, by Edmond Hamilton and Al Plastino) where Clark Kent is convinced that he is not actually Superman.

Enjoy!

Our tale opens with Clark Kent receiving a visitor…



Clark quickly looks for answers, and thinks to ask Batman (Supergirl is on a mission in space)…


Clark just can’t handle this…



This leads to the most impressive part of the comic, where Clark goes to a psychiatrist, who does a pretty good job examining what he THINKS Clark’s teen years were like…



It is fascinating to see Clark actually doubt himself. How could he NOT?

Of course, there is a twist still to come…


I won’t spoil the reveal (which is extremely far-fetched, but still poignant). Hmmm…although…I dunno if this story has even been reprinted! If someone knows for sure, let me know. I might spoil the ending if the story has not been reprinted.