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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Lois Lane Planned to Beat Up Wonder Woman to Woo Superman

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

This week, we look at the time Lois Lane decided she had to kick Wonder Woman’s ass to keep Superman from marrying Wonder Woman.

Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #93 took place during the time when Mike Sekowsky had revamped Wonder Woman by taking away her superpowers and her famous costume, now having her basically wear mod-like jump suits instead.

Written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Irv Novick and Mike Esposito, the story opens with Lois dreaming about Superman…

Wonder Woman asks Lois for help with a magical stone that will allow the powerless Wonder Woman to fly. You have to give Lois some credit. She agrees, because it is for a charity event and Lois, while often crazy, isn’t a bad person. Things go poorly, though, when Wonder Woman seemingly wows Superman at the event…

Superman and Wonder Woman begin dating…

This leads to an awesome decision of Lois’. She’ll beat Wonder Woman by, well, BEATING UP Wonder Woman!

Her plan does not go so well, though…

Superman is enjoying this shit WAY too much.

That is some weird stuff by Superman. “Oh, Lois just got her ass kicked? Oh well, later!”

In the end, this Wonder Woman turns out to be a fake. She is a Kryptonian who has escaped from the Phantom Zone and plans to marry Superman as Wonder Woman. The real Wonder Woman is being jailed by her. Lois shows up to rescue Diana but is herself captured. Luckily, the big blue Deus ex Machina saves Lois and Diana and, out of nowhere, notes that he was never going to actually marry Diana…

You sure showed your love for Lois while you were sitting there laughing while she was getting her ass kicked, Superman!

29 Comments

How can people not get behind Superman and his never-ending battle for truth, justice, and undisguised glee at watching horrible things happen to the people close to him.

That is some weird, wild stuff. The Lois Lane comic seems to have been the trippiest mainstream comic of all time. I love it!

Supes chuckling smugly as Lois gets pimped by faux Diana…I am going to be laughing at that shit all day. Thanks, Brian!

Dig that groovy protective headgear Lois was sporting.

Matthew Johnson

October 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

I love the fact that Superman starts a fire with his feet when he dances. Someone alert Grant Morrison!

By Grodd, I love these old silver age Superman stories so much! It would delight me to no end if Scott Snyder’s new Superman book turned out to be full of this kind of zany goodness. :P What better way to celebrate Superman’s 75th anniversary than by releasing a new monthly book reminding us that Superman used to be a mysoginistic dickhead who was constantly surrounded by lunatics?

Lois’s outfit on page 8 reminds of John Byrne’s Kryptonian clothing designs.

Everything in there is amazing, but I think my favorite little thing is that Wonder Woman learned martial arts from the I Ching.

I love that Superman has known Wonder Woman for years, but basically any other woman with dark hair can convince him (and it seems the rest of the world) that they are Wonder Woman.

Dancing Froggie Underwater in a hippie joint…

Whenever I think I’ver read the awesomest Lois Lane story ever, another one comes along to top it.

@sean- I Ching is the name of a character who taught Diana martial arts. Grant Morrison revived him in Batman a few years ago.

To mention another odd point about I Ching . . .

He had an angry long-lost daughter named Lu Shan who once shot him (yes, with murderous intent) because she blamed him for the murder of her mother, way back when. (This point was never resolved in the “Mod Era” Wonder Woman stories — who had really killed Lu Shan’s mommy, and why, and did she ever learn the truth of the matter?)

Lu Shan was last seen in a 1972 story (“Wonder Woman #202″) written by famed SF author Samuel R. Delany and set in the sword-and-sorcery world of “Nehwon” (home of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, who guest-starred in the story, and had previously been featured in some classic fantasy stories by Fritz Leiber — DC had a license to use those characters in comics in that era).

At the end of the story, Diana, I Ching, and Catwoman all made it safely back to Earth-One.

But I Ching’s angry daughter was left behind in Nehwon.

Nobody much cared about that. She’s never been heard from since!

How many other DC-owned characters are there who can honestly say “I was last seen inhabiting a fictional world which doesn’t even belong to DC in the first place!”?

I wonder if there was a particular Laura that Robert Kanigher was upset with. Why else would he give the villain of this piece the name Ar-ual?

Wait, did Lois learn about Wonder Woman’s new status quo by reading an issue of her comic?

@Sean – yeah, it is weird that Denny O’Neill even considered calling an actual character “I Ching”. Never made any sense.

Hilarious. Seriously though, who would you want to be with. The ever whining Lois or just doing froggie dance with Diana?

@DanLarkin

The I Ching (Wade-Giles) or “Yì J?ng” (pinyin), also known as the Classic of Changes, Book of Changes and Zhouyi, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts.[1] The book contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy or the West African Ifá system; in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely used for this purpose.

Maybe Denny intended I Ching to be a closet supervillain, with the powder to incapacitate heroes with silly martial arts training. If that failed, he would have immobilized them with his “I Ching Powder!”

How can people not get behind Superman and his never-ending battle for truth, justice, and undisguised glee at watching horrible things happen to the people close to him.

This is one of the things I find strangest when I see creators and fans online rewrite the mythology of Superman:

“He represents the best in all of us, the ultimate potential of all humanity can be.” or “He’s all that is good, an inspiration, etc.” I think that’s a line that was really pushed around the time of Eliot S Maggin and Cary Bates, and people have just taken it as a fundamental truth of the character, his essence, what he was always about. It’s always recited in-story and it’s always said in real life in interviews, message boards, convention panels, etc.

But the truth is, most of the old Superman comics I read are just glorified Archie comics with superpowers and a few fight scenes. All those powers and he really doesn’t do much inspiring. He’s really just a smug, mindgame-playing dick most of the time.

By the way, I have no problem with DC portraying him as the moral equivalent of Captain America in their books NOW. That’s fine. I just have a problem with creators and fans pretending that is the fundamental essence of the character and how he’s always been for a majority of his existence. At the height of his popularity under Weisinger, he was just real dickish and squandered his vast potential and abilities playing mindgames with his friends and women who liked him.

I have this framed and hanging on my wall at home.

@ T.

But the truth is, most of the old Superman comics I read are just glorified Archie comics with superpowers and a few fight scenes. All those powers and he really doesn’t do much inspiring. He’s really just a smug, mindgame-playing dick most of the time.

The funny thing is that I find the smug, mind-game playing Superman vastly more likable than Space Jesus.

In my mind, the dividing line was the first Donner-Reeve film. Christopher Reeve brought a genuine nobility to the part that had never really been there before. A big part of that was the simple fact that Reeve was a decent, upper-class guy in real life. He brought that part of himself to his portrayal of Superman. The fans (and fans-turned-pros) of today all came of age on that version of Superman. Their attempt at reconciling the patrician demeanor of Reeve as Superman with the working class roots of the character somehow landed on an inhumanly saintly figure.

It is a version of the character that I personally find boring.

In contrast, I find the earlier guy really interesting. The smugness is really just the flip side of the upper class quality that everyone loves from the Reeve version. The inability make a romantic commitment is a character flaw that is extremely typical of powerful liberals. I get who that guy is and, therefore, am open to liking him in spite of his flaws.

When T and Dean get going, it’s always really smart stuff that makes me feel dum, but I’m glad they’re around because they help me to have another perspective on comics and stuff.

Jeez, I can’t even compliment them both without sounding dumb. It’s amazing I can tie my own shoes.

Which are loose right now. Gimme a minute…

You had me at weird with Superman catching the floor on fire while dancing..

Diana’s tutor I Ching was originally just called Ching. When he introduced himself he said “I CHING!” with the bold type just on Ching. Clearly he meant to say “I am Ching.” Somebody didn’t catch it or decided “I Ching” looked more exotic.

That kind of ethnic naming was fairly typical for back then I think–Marvel’s Golem series had a wizard named “Kabbala the unclean,” a decision which makes me wince now (though not as much as the anti-Arab stereotypes of the origin).
But several of Wonder Woman’s stories during this period were pretty bizarre. I don’t remember, was her new identity public knowledge at this point or was Kanigher in error (of course, Lois could just as easily have Superman tell her about it)?

That was never really covered in the book, Fraser; one issue has a Hefner-esque character address her as “Diana Prince, the Wonder Woman”, and in the JLA Seven Soldiers arc, they call her Diana openly, but there was never a story where she actually revealed her identity to the public.

And, when they decided to revert her back to a super-heroine, Diana Prince went back to being a secret identity. DC wasn’t that careful with that stuff back then.

Thanks, Becca.

T is right. That garbage is just romance comics with super powers. There was no “character” there at all. Superman could have been replaced with any male character from the Silver age and it would have been the same mess. The Boy Scout might be boring to some but I rather have my kid reading about a good person than reading about a total an complete dick. The world is full of those guys already.

So when Lois dreams of weddings, she pictures herself in a gown, but Diana and Clark are in their work clothes. Hmmm about that.

I nominate bizarro-laurA as the dumbest Kryptonian ever…although none of the Phantom-Zoners EVER do the sensible thing and stay the hell away from the one planet in the universe with a PZ projector, she is the only one who tried to MARRY the guy who knows exactly how to send her back and whose super-hearing could easily have heard Diana saying “Help Superman I’ve been kidnapped” in her cell. Not that Diana was clever enough to DO that, but how did laurA know she wouldn’t?

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