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Five Goofiest Moments in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #105-109

Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

Today we’re looking at Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #105-109, written by Robert Kanigher (#105-107) and Cary Bates (#108-109), with artwork by Art Saaf, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito (#105) and Werner Roth and Vince Colletta (#106-109).

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sexism does not look on you, Perry

In Lois Lane #105, Lois Lane wants to investigate the brand-new vigilante, Thorn (of Rose and Thorn), but the patriarchy has other ideas…

What jerks.

Oh, just get over yourself, Superman

In #107, Lois is pissed that Clark is given a better story assignment than her when they head to her alma mater for a festival (where Superman will be a guest of honor). Clark is doing a story on a scientist while Lois basically does a puff piece. When she leaves, steaming, Clark decides to, for some reason, take a shot at her in his head…

then, seven pages later, he’s STILL thinking about how stupid she is!!!

What a jerk!

Kate Beaton savaged this mindset brilliantly in her recent series of Lois Lane strips on her website, especially with this strip…

It is nuts how much Beaton’s take mirrors Superman’s actual actions in the above issue (check all of her Lois Lane strips here).

By the way, in that story, Lois is turned into an actual snow woman. While that sure does sound goofy, strange transformations were such a common occurrence, they had to get REALLY weird for it to be worth spotlighting (luckily, one of the above transformations fits that to the tee).

Little Africa?

I know it is an actual term, but boy, Little Africa in a 1970 comic book still sounds pretty darn weird…

5. J. Jonah Jameson is right – these superheroes ARE menaces!

In Lois Lane #109, a mad scientist robs Lois Lane of the ability to feel love. She still goes on a date with Superman, but it is for less than pure reasons, as Superman discovers while he is super-snooping…

Superman handles it very maturely…

That’s some crazy stuff right there.

4. I don’t think you need to look at the handwriting to see something is wrong…

In Lois Lane #108, a ghost becomes obsessed with Lois Lane. He writes her a note. I love what she does with it…

It is so hilarious to see her need a handwriting expert to let her know that the threatening letter is, you know, a threatening letter! “Well, he says he wants to kill you, but his handwriting shows him to be sane, so I have no objections.”

3. If we actually honored their wishes, we would never kill them no?

In Lois Lane #105, Lois takes things a little bit too seriously…

It is not even a BAD plot, just a goofy one. “Oh yeah, this crazed killer just happened to save my life so that I could owe him a favor.” What’s crazy is that it isn’t even a plan by the convict to escape. He escapes, but it has nothing to do with his marrying Lois (it just sets up his future sacrifice for her, as he can’t let his fellow bad guys kill his “wife”).

2. SUPER anger issues?

In the aforementioned #108, the ghost tries to drive a wedge between Superman and Lois. He does so by making Superman see the image of his dead Kryptonian mother in Lois’ eyes. And then things get REALLY weird…

I’m pretty sure it was the ghost who made him react that way (as he made Lois laugh), but a little bit too realistic there, Superman!

1. Black Like Lois

Yep, Lois Lane #106, the infamous “Black Like Me” issue, where Lois is pissed that the black people she’s trying to do a story on won’t give her the time of day. Logically, then, she must…

What’s great is at the end of the story, Lois tries to pull a “are you a racist?” on Superman! Which is fair enough, I guess (it is weird no matter what), except that her test is “would you marry me if I were black?”

He wasn’t going to marry you while you’re white!!! It’s like the old joke:

“Doctor, doctor, will I be able to play the violin after the operation?” “Yes, of course…” “Great! I never could before!”

19 Comments

Yes, all of these are goofy.

It says something that “a mad scientist robs Lois Lane of the ability to feel love” doesn’t even merit an honorable mention.

You could have done the five goofiest moments from the first five pages of the first issue of Lois Lane and still had a hard time choosing.

Lois Lane comics is where I learned all about romance and relationships as a child, which is why I’m always cooking up crazy schemes to teach my girlfriend a lesson.

there could probably be a month-long series of “goofy things lois lane has done” with five events per day and you still wouldn’t drain that barrel :)

I’m Curious: Black will always have a place in my heart. Although I love the general goofiness of that Lois Lane book, Watching Lois deal with racial issues in the most ham fisted way possible has to be the weirdest and consequently funniest moment from that book.

I actually repaneled a bunch of moments from that issue a couple of months ago:
http://uppercut.tumblr.com/post/3741004901
http://uppercut.tumblr.com/post/3725020083

I like to think it was Lois in blackface that drove every black person on earth to move, in disgust, to a magical island that only appears every couple of hundred years. Surely that has to make it onto the list of the goofiest moments from the Legion of Superheroes?

Actually you could probably do a series of goofy/racially insensitive moments from DC’s Silver Age, its not like they’re in short supply.

Cronin: I know that Silver Age Lois’ comic had so many intentional goofy moments that choosing the more unintentional ones is easier, but I still hope you’ll try anyway someday because, damn, there were some REAL wallbangers there! Like the time a time-traveling Lois was on Krypton and decided to hit on Jor-El and nearly broke him and his future wife up… which would have resulted in Superman NEVER being born!!

As for those examples above, they strike me more as poor or lazy writing than anything else. Only Superman kicking a off the top of a building (look, if I were him I would engage on a little destruction to relieve stress too, but only in the north pole or somewhere else where nothing important got destroyed) and Lois just deciding to take a walk ON A FROZEN LAKE while alone at night strike me as true WTH moments. (The Black thing, as un-PC as it may sound, might actually be justified in the right conditions similar to how some reporters have worn ‘fat suits’ to see how the public reacts to them. The ending IS real stupid though (“No, Lois, I, Superman, most noble hero in the world, not to mention your long-time lover, would not marry you if you were Black”. Sheesh!)

As goofy (and unsympathetic) as Lois and Clark can be in these stories, there is a likable quality to them. They are human in a way that Space Jesus and his head worshiper just are not.

Wow. Example five is hilarious, but fits with a lot of the insecurities of 50s and 60s Superman that Grant Morrison loves to talk about. Example one is just insane.

“I Am Curious (Black)” is one of my most prized comic book possessions.

Superman telling Lois to shut up; Now I’ve seen everything.

I think using handwriting analysis to determine someone’s mental state is at least as goofy as anything else shown here. The fact that anyone falls for this quackery in real life is pretty astounding.
Graphology– the theory that arthritis is a mental disorder!

Daniel O' Dreams

May 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

The fact that the note from Lois “Phantom suitor” seems to have the exact same handwriting as Lois journal above puts an interesting spin on THAT story. “Stay away from this person Lois they’re clearly INSANE…”

Superman throwing a tantrum fit!

Am I the only one to notice that the machine that made Lois black was invented by “Dahr-nel”? Darnell? Really?

Am I the only one to notice that the machine that made Lois black was invented by “Dahr-nel”? Darnell? Really?

Yeah, I thought that was a little … odd as well.

@Philip: not just that, he almost slap her, that Superman should be thrown out of the country :D

Peace

The issue with old Lois comics is choosing non-goofy moments…sometimes I re-read my old LL issues just so I can spot how utterly terrible they are. Of course, this only makes me love them more…

If I remember correctly from an old “Blue Ribbon Digest,” the “Phantom Suitor” is the ghost of Jack the Ripper

I think the machine was invented by famous Kryptonian scientist Ty-Rone…

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