599 – Lois Marries Superman?

Forty-one years before DC comics had the balls to actually make it happen, Lois tells the story of how she married Superman in Action Comics #206 (May 1955). She is related the story to the reader, a rare departure for DC Comics in which they break the fourth wall. Readers may have been scratching their […]

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595 – Superboy Thinks of the Future

In Adventure Comics #211 (February 1955), Superboy starts thinking heavily about a future in which he won’t have parents in which to confide in. He ends up dreaming about a future in which he is Superman. As an adult Clark, he works at a museum with Lana and decides to tell her his secret: Of […]

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545 – Clark Messing With Time

In “Superman’s Other Life!”, a story in Superman #84 (July 1953), Clark gets fed up with Lois Lane always trying to prove that he is Superman. Rather than tell the truth to this woman he obviously loves, he decides instead to travel back in time and change the timeline so he never gets a job […]

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513 – Adult Lana

Lana Lang makes the leap from Superboy to adulthood in “The Girls in Superman’s Life”, a story written by Edmond Hamilton in Superman #78 (July 1952). Lana wants to become a journalist and heads to Metropolis where Perry White is convinced to give her a shot. Lois Lane takes her under her wing and Lana […]

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502 – The Mightiest Team

Although this isn’t the first or even second time that Superman and Batman meet in comics, Superman #76 (March 1952) is the first time the two heroes share an adventure together and learn each other’s secret identities. Written by Edmond Hamilton and drawn by Curt Swan, it’s a pretty cool story and it’s one of […]

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476 – Superwoman Yet Again

In Action Comics #156 (March 1951), Lois Lane has her third outing as Superwoman in “The Girl of Steel”. This time, it’s not a fever dream, or Superman faking her powers. No, this time Lois Lane actually acquires the powers of Superman thanks to a machine that Luthor invented which uses “vivanium”. She disguises herself […]

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454 – Jor-El Courts Lara

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… :-/ What […]

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452 – Lana Lang!

Superboy #10 (July 1950) introduces a new supporting cast to the Superboy mythos: Lana Lang. Lana Lang is pretty much just the teen version of Lois, an inquisitive girl who moves to Smallville next door to the Kents and whose job is to keep Superboy on his toes, protecting his secret identity. Although Lois Lane […]

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448 – When Lois Met Clark, Retcon #2

In World’s Finest #47 (June 1950), the Superman story “The Girl Who Hated Reporters”, we get more inconsistency in how Lois met Superman/Clark Kent. In this story, Lois is working at a diner as a waitress and ostensibly hates reporters because that’s all she sees. She has seen and served Clark Kent, but her first […]

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446 – Lois, the Little Idiot

I’ve lamented in the past how Lois Lane was gradually turned from a smart, fiery, independent career woman into a swooning, vapid, manipulative one-note character before. This causes Superman to develop the affectionate nickname of “little idiot”, as in this panel from “Superman’s Sweetheart”, a story in Superman #65 (May 1950). The women’s lib movement […]

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