355 – Superman, Distant Suns

Powering-up Superman in service of the plot-of-the-month continues in World’s Finest Comics #29 (May 1947). In this issue, Superman is challenged by Lois Lane to bind different books of a collector with unique materials. In one instance he races to the lost continent of Atlantis, in another he needs to find a unicorn bone, in […]

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342 – Superwoman Returns!

We have seen Lois as Superwoman before, but that was just a fever dream. Superman #45 (January 1947) features the return of Lois-as-Superwoman when Hocus and Pocus, two magicians, grant her Superman’s powers. Hocus and Pocus are two clueless, recurring comic relief characters with no actual powers, but somehow Superman is always forced into performing […]

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320 – Very Off-Model Clark

In “The Death of Clark Kent” from Superman #42 (July 1946), after returning two months earlier than expected from an arctic expedition, Clark Kent gets caught in a sewer gas explosion in front of Lois Lane. To protect his secret identity, Superman is forced to make it appear as if Clark Kent has died. This […]

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317 – Super Pain in the Neck

Superman #41 (May 1946) features a story in which Superman gets seriously annoyed with Lois Lane. His inner monologue says it all: “Whenever she goes out, I have to rescue her. She’s so used to it, she’s lost all sense of caution. It’s exhausting!” Clark Kent, “Clark Kent’s Bodyguard”, Superman #41, May 1946 But if […]

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284 – Lois Knows

Throughout the eighty-plus years that Superman has been around, Lois Lane has discovered Clark’s secret identity probably dozens of times. But in Superman #34 (March 1945), Lois discovers his secret for the very first time. In what can maybe be considered the first “imaginary” story, Clark sees his future in a crystal ball and learns […]

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274 – Super Memory Loss Again

For the second time in two years, Superman loses his memory in Superman #32 (November 1944). This time, it’s a new brain tissue analysis machine and Superman, wishing to further science, volunteers only to discover too late that his brain is actually vulnerable. This is the first time Superman tries to piece together his own […]

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254 – Almost

Lois and Clark almost kiss in Action Comics #73 (April 1944). We also learn a couple interesting things in this story: Clark Kent collects curious clocks and Lois Lane is allergic to roses.

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253 – Lois Lane Solo

A month after Alfred debuted in his solo feature, Lois Lane is given a shot with “Lois Lane, Girl Reporter”, debuting in Superman #28, March 1944. This first story does not feature Superman, though he is referenced several times as a running gag.

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250 – Supporting Feature

Alfred the Butler becomes the first non-sidekick supporting character to get his own stories in Batman #22 (February 1944). Mostly focusing on Alfred’s bumbling attempts to be a successful detective, Alfred’s stories came long before Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen got their supporting stories in Superman comics.

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