454 – Jor-El Courts Lara

A panel from Action Comics #149, August 1950
A panel from Action Comics #149, August 1950

In a continued attempt at building up the Krypton mythos, Action Comics #149 (August 1950) features the implausible tale of Lois Lane finding what are essentially news reels (“thought-projection discs”) of Jor-El and Lara’s courtship in a U.S. rocket that fell back to Earth. Even more implausible, these discs are labelled… in English… :-/

Another panel from Action Comics #149, August 1950
Another panel from Action Comics #149, August 1950

What results is Lois making the logical assumption that this is how you woo a Kryptonian, and proceeds to have things go in a cute and similarly-disastrous way that Jor-El and Lara’s courtship did. She even coaxes Superman to take her to his “private retreat” or “secret hideaway” (still not his “Fortress of Solitude”):

The first time Lois visits Superman's "fortress" in Action Comics #149, August 1950
The first time Lois visits Superman’s “fortress” in Action Comics #149, August 1950

The writing is so lazing and gag-driven, that the only way I can retroactively imagine this story having taken place in the DC Universe, is that Superman must have secretly arranged for Lois to find those discs that he created.