What Exactly… Does John Byrne… Mean?

What Exactly… Does John Byrne… Mean?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?

Blimey.

 

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