365 Reasons to Love Comics #45
It’s Valentine’s Day, or, as Warren Ellis likes to call it, Horny Werewolf Day. In honor of this, the most hated of holidays, let’s take a look at a DC comic most bloggers probably wish still existed. It’s chock full of romantic overtones and it ties into Black History Month.
45. Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane
That’s not true, Lois. Superman just hates you. After all, a tremendous amount of stories in your comic were about you trying to trick Superman into marrying you through ridiculous measures, and him trying to avoid sleeping with you at all costs. Take the hint, m’dear. He’s Just Not That Into You.
There are plenty of fish in the universe, though. For instance:
I don’t think the series was as good as Jimmy Olsen’s, but I’m probably biased. Regardless, it was still zany, Silver Age-y fun, and I love that kinda thing.
Lois is a great character. When she isn’t devoting all her efforts into attempting to marry Superman (you’d think she could at least try dating first), she’s a spunky reporter with a heart of gold who doesn’t take no for an answer, or any other combination of cliches. The thing is, though, Lois defined these cliches, and she’s developed into a stronger and stronger character over the years. Just because she finally married Superman doesn’t mean she’s suddenly become superfluous, and you can still get plenty of stories out of married superhero characters and their spouses. (Really, Mr. Quesada. It’s totally possible.)
If I had my way, there’s be a Daily Planet ongoing series. It’d be like Gotham Central, but with reporters. Lois would be the lead character, but we can’t forget about Perry White, Ron Troupe, Jimmy Olsen (though I want him to have his own series, too), Alice the Copy Girl, Steve Lombard, or even li’l ol’ Clark Kent! Toss in visitors like Jack Ryder or Vic Sage and you’ve got yourself a comic! It wouldn’t sell, but it’d be great.
So how does Lois tie into Black History Month? I’m sure the hardcore among you remember this little ditty:
“I am Curious (Black)!” The touching story of a girl trying to see what it’s like to live in a different skin, so she uses a magical transformo-machine to do it. Naturally, a message of tolerance is transmitted!
Accordion Guy points us to where we can read the story. Remember, it’s written by Robert Kanigher, so things will probably seem… odd to we normal humans.
Lois is tasked with getting the “inside story on Little Africa.” She goes there to find a black man spouting anti-honky dialogue. To get a different view, she decides to use some device in the Fortress of Solitude to turn herself into Erykah Badu:
Now that she’s black, white people ignore her or give her funny looks.
Of course, our street preacher later gets in trouble and needs a blood transfusion that only Lois can give to her! She reverts to her whitey self, but it’s okay, the dude understands the lesson– we’re all the same underneath our skin.
I suppose it’s a nice message, but some of the details are a little silly. Still, for a story written by an old white guy and published in 1970, it’s handled far better than I thought it’d be. Feel free to take a look for yourself.
Here’s hoping we get Showcase presents Superman Family vol. 2 so they can get started on reprinting Lois’ series!