I QUIT! 13 Times Superheroes Threw in the Towel

You can take this cape and…


Yes, it is true that “With great power comes great responsibility,” but superheroes are just as human as the rest of us when it comes to being unappreciated. Who among us hasn’t gotten to the point of frustration where we have had enough and suddenly yell “I quit!”  Sometimes, they just want to move on with their lives.

The first superhero you probably think of when it comes to hanging it up is Spider-Man, but he is not alone. In addition to those below, you could also find Hawkeye quitting in The Avengers #109, the Caped Crusader leaving the Justice League in Batman and the Outsiders #1, etc., etc.

Here are 13 times superheroes called it quits (at least temporarily). Add your own choices in the comments!

Superman #240 (July 1971, DC)

Neal Adams

Green Lantern #181 (Oct. 1984, DC)

Dave Gibbons

The New Teen Titans #39 (Feb. 1984, DC)

George Pérez

Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #80 (Jan. 1968, DC)

Curt Swan pencils, Neal Adams inks

The Flash #159 (Mar. 1966, DC)

Carmine Infantino pencils, Joe Giella inks

The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967, Marvel)

John Romita cover. Interior page by Romita and inker Mike Esposito.

Fantastic Four #191 (Feb. 1978, Marvel)

George Pérez pencils, Joe Sinnott inks

Captain America #176 (Aug. 1974, Marvel)

John Romita

Superman #201 (Nov. 1967, DC)

Curt Swan pencils, George Klein inks

Iron Man #21 (Jan. 1970, Marvel)

George Tuska pencils, Mike Esposito inks

The X-Men #138 (Oct. 1980, Marvel)

John Byrne pencils, Terry Austin inks

Adventure Comics #466 (Nov.-Dec. 1979, DC)

Paul Levitz writer, Joe Staton artist

Wonder Woman #269 (July 1980, DC)

Ross Andru pencils, Dick Giordano inks


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PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Pagehas just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.

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  1. I think you should have selected Iron Man 169 instead of IM 21. Packing it in in the middle of a fight? (I know in the actual comic Tony passed out and Rhodey decided it was him or no one…but the cover is next level “I’ve had it”!)

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    • Hi, Geoff. It was a personal choice. But I knew others would have their own picks. It’s why I said, “Add your own in the comments.”

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  2. Amazing Spidey 50. Wow,

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  3. I remember getting 3 of these when the came out. FF 191 , X- Men 138 and Teen Titans 39 which was a big big deal because Dick Grayson gave up being Robin.
    Spider-Man 50 I bought as a back issue when I was a kid , that all red cover is so beautiful.
    I like a lot of Marvel 60’s. Mono color covers.

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  4. I got some Flash issues at a used store when I was in High School, including #159. An issue or two later they ran another story written to go with the same cover!

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