Superman finds himself out of work in Action 368 (Oct. 68), in a story by Otto Binder, Curt Swan and Jack Abel.
Superman has been off in space, on a replica world of Krypton, bemoaning how Earth makes so many demands on him. But when he comes back to Earth, he finds it a different situation entirely. There is no crime, no emergencies. Superman flies around trying to help, but there is nothing for him to do.
When Mr. Mxyzptlk shows up, Clark is convinced the imp is at the root of all this peace and goodwill. But Mxyzptlk has been changed as well, and now wants only to spread fun and happiness.
Even Jax-Ur, no longer in the Phantom Zone, has reformed, and spends his time in space protecting the planet from meteors.
Superman is approached by a glowing giant molecule thing, which calls itself a Sentinel. They have brought peace and stability to the planet, but Superman threatens to undo their good works, with his propensity towards violence. The Sentinel convinces Superman to leave Earth and head to a planet that orbits a red sun.
The story concludes in the next issue.
Supergirl finishes her battle with Alpha and Beta in this Bates and Schaffenberger story.
Those googly eye things in the first part of the story really were the best thing about this tale, which comes to a really simple conclusion. The boy Supergirl is protecting takes a look at the bomb keeping everyone out of Stanhope, and realizes its a fake. Sueprgirl had managed to flag away Superman before he broke the dome, but now realizes that was not necessary.
Some future cops come to round up Alpha and Beta. Supergirl discovers that she still has her powers, as the future cops also shielded her from the gold kryptonite exposure.
Probably shouldn’t have fallen for the eyes and just skipped this three-parter.