Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Joe Giella craft a true landmark story as Clark Kent and Lois Lane get married in Action 484 (June 1978).
I bought this issue, and ran home all excited to read it when I was 12 years old. I was quite stunned when I started the tale, and saw that it was set on Earth-2. Flipping back to the cover, I noticed only then that the Daily Star was featured, cluing in any experienced reader to which earth the story was set on.
The story has two villains. Colonel Future, who had fought Superman back in the 40s, calls on the Wizard, a Justice Society of America foe, for aid against Superman. The Colonel provides the Wizard with a rare and powerful wand, strong enough to permanently affect the man of steel.
The effect of the Wizard’s spell is not to kill Superman, but rather to remove Clark Kent’s memory of ever being such a person. The side effect of this is that Clark now begins acting more forceful and aggressive, drawing the attention of Lois Lane.
Close to a year after Superman disappears, Lois and Clark get married. In attendance are Lois’ sister Lucille, as well as her daughter Susie. George Taylor is also featured in this story, as editor of the Daily Star.
Superman has lost his memory, but not his powers, and Lois is shocked when she sees Clark get machine gunned from behind, and is both uninjured, and unaware of the attack. She tests him as he sleeps, and realizes he is Superman. Lois seeks out the Wizard, now a powerless bum. No one believes he really is responsible for Superman disappearing, but Lois takes his story seriously. She agonizes for a while, knowing that once he recalls being Superman, their relationship will change for good. But she feels the world needs him more than she does, and arranges for a public press conference.
The Wizard reverses his spell, in front of a big crowd, and Superman returns. The Wizard is thrilled that people believe him, less thrilled when Superman carts him off to jail.
With his memory back, Superman takes Lois to his fortress in the hills outside Metropolis.
There, they undergo a Kryptonian wedding ceremony.
This version of Superman and Lois Lane (now Lois Kent) continue to appear, in the Mr. and Mrs. Superman series, which begins in the pages of Superman in a couple of months.