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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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Today (based on a suggestion from Rob Hansen), we take a look at the time that Lois Lane tried to hypnotize Superman while he was trapped in a baby form. Be sure to check out the story, if only for one of the greatest (in other words, messed up) twist endings of the Silver Age!
Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #57 came out in 1965. The story “Lois Lane – Super Babysitter!” was written by Leo Dorfman with artwork by John Forte and Sheldon Moldoff.
The issue opens with Lois Lane and Lana Lang arriving at a fancy hotel, while Superman has to head off to do some youth-restoring experiments (I love how casually Superman mentions the notion of him experiment with youth-restoring machines, because that’s OBVIOUSLY something you think of when you think of Superman, right?)…
Well, soon after, a seemingly de-aged Superbaby shows up!
Lois naturally tries to manipulate Superbaby into being interested in her when he grows back to Superman…
After this does not work, she then SPANKS him…
After Lois and Lana watch a program on hypnosis, the women each come up with the idea of hypnotizing Superbaby…
By the way, lost in the messed up nature of their plans in general is the unprofessional way that they’re getting their supplies.
So anyhow, each of the women hypnotize Superbaby into proposing to her later that night. Superbaby then disappears, presumably since he has returned to becoming Superman. Later that night, though, Superman doesn’t propose. When the women confront him on the issue, he explains that he never DID become Superbaby, it was an alternate reality Superman who had become Superbaby!
This is already an out there ending. But you haven’t seen anything yet!
Yes, the resolution is, as it almost always is, bigamy.
I love how non-chalant Superman is with the women trying to brainwash him. “Oh well, I AM quite the catch, so I can’t blame you two for trying to brainwash me! Anything you can do to get me, right?” I presume that in the Multiverse, that world was Earth-BL (for Big Love).
This story sort of reminded me of a recent I Love Ya But You’re Strange that ALSO involved a Superbaby!
Thanks again to Rob for suggesting this one!
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