John Byrne was posting about years and Roman Numerals today. On the John Byrne Message Board, he wrote;
"Even as far back as 1972 — MCMLXXII — I had been giving serious consideration to making my planned and (hopefully) gracious exit when I was in my 66th year — MMXV — but I'm lately rather liking the "symmetry" of MMXX. Will I really jot that notation onto a commission piece some day?"
One of the board commenters, Valmor J. Pedretti, replied;
"So, JB, when you say gracious exit you mean retiring completely from the craft?"
John Byrne responded;
"I mean retiring from the planet, Valmor. I have no interest in withering away.
"All depends on various external factors, of course — not the least of which being the Fates beating me to the punch! "
Is that what I think it means? Planned suicide for the year 2020? And declared so publicly?