"The Old Man of Metropolis!" from Action Comics #270
Written by Otto Binder
Art by Curt Swan and John Forte
">Puff!<… It’s no use, Bizarro! In the old days either of us could have smashed the whole jail apart! Now we’re both as weak as kittens!”
I have a pet theory that Clark isn’t nearly as self-assured as he seems when he’s in costume and super-heroing, which is why I find moments like this very intriguing.
In this issue, Clark has a bad dream, imagining himself as an old man, forgotten by everyone as Supergirl, all grown up, replaces him in the spotlight of the world. This moment right here is the most touching of the whole thing to me, as Ultimately, Superman’s only companion ends up being Bizarro, as they both wash up in jail. Even though everyone adores him for all his superdeeds, perhaps Clark is still afraid that really the person he has the most in common with is Bizarro, a malformed outside that no one really loves.
But of course even in dream form, Lois can’t forget that guy and she springs him from jail before he wakes up.