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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Lois Saved Superman By Making Out With a Bunch of Superheroes

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!

In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, here’s an odd little tale where Lois Lane had to save Superman by making out with a bunch of Justice League members!

The story, “The Irresistible Lois Lane!,” appeared in 1961′s Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #29 and was written by Robert Bernstein and drawn by the classic pair of Curt Swan and Stan Kaye. The fascinating thing about this story for me, besides the ridiculousness of it all, was that it was one of the earliest non-Justice League of America comic to actually reflect the fact that Superman was a member of the Justice League of America. Despite the formation of the League, in the early days the individual titles of the League members sort of ignored the fact that they were on a team with other heroes (DC was very much decompartmentalized back then, editorial-wise – everyone had their own little “kingdoms” and rarely shared characters).

Here is the amazing Swan/Kaye cover…

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Anyhow, the issue opens with Krypto making a mysterious symbol…

Lois then goes out on this odd little story and does exactly what she says she’ll do, make out with a bunch of different superheroes!

Okay, are you ready to learn what the secret plan was? Hold on to your horses, folks, and get ready for one crazy ass plan!!

Wow. That was perhaps the best plan ever. Certainly there was no better way of getting the League members the Red Kryptonite. Clearly.

Actually, this just reminded me of a new recurring feature I am going to be doing soon (perhaps as soon as next week). You’ll know it when you see it! I figured the title of it out last week (it’s from the Bob Dylan song “Lo And Behold!”).

If you have suggestions for future editions of I Love Ya But You’re Strange, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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This story really needs updating into the new 52. Hell, a Lois centric book would be kinda fun!

Wow, the comments on the CBR Facebook link post for this really capture the worst of humanity.

I’ve always thought the cover of this issue was pretty hilarious, and I’m glad finally to see what the story actually was!

Based on these entries Brian puts up, it seems to me a lot of great artists were wasted on this godawful Lois Lane series. It’s a damn shame.

Kerry Callen did a great animated version of this story. http://kerrycallen.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-animated-comic-covers.html

That Kerry Callen animation is astounding. What an amazing job.

Wow, the comments on the CBR Facebook link post for this really capture the worst of humanity.

Yeah, yikes.

Did the guy at the bottom of the fourth posted page read Lana’s thoughts? Or is he just some figment of her jealousy stewed mind?

I’m gonna go with the latter (and clearly more awesome) interpretation.

What’s up with Bob Dylan and comic books? They go together so well but I just can’t figure out why.

Yeah, I know there’s something happening here, but I don’t know what it is.

This should be the plot of Zack Snyder’s Batman and Superman movie.

Boy, that was some needlessly complex plan. But then that was par for the course back in the Silver Age. After sharing this one with us, I hope you will follow up with the semi-sequel. Jimmy Olsen’s J Plan is also a wonder to behold.

I’m already dying of laughter at “go to work on them…uh, I mean IT”

I just need to find all these Superman comics Brian posts and I can die happy

@db- what’s that? Jimmy making out with all the super pets?

That’s very…Silver Age. So very, very Silver Age.

Godawful Lois Lane stories? Really? The first 100 issues of Lois and the first 150 or so of Jimmy are GREAT comics. Not EVERY story mind you but a lot. Really. I know….no Neal Adams angst….no real spousal abuse. Just Comics that were not ashamed of being comics. Comics for the utter fun of it. What in the world is wrong with that? Weird, wacky, goofy. Yep…they sure were. And are. But that doesn’t mean by any stretch that they’re godawful. Yep…I love Watchmen, and the Dark Knight….etc etc. But the early Supes, Jimmys, and Lois’ are just as good in their own way.

Yet another comic book plot made pointless by the invention of cell phones.

Also, even though the woman on the cover is supposed to be Lana Lang, she’s drawn as a blonde and she’s pissed off that Lois is making out with Green Arrow, so I’m going pretend that’s Black Canary.

Yet another comic book plot made pointless by the invention of cell phones.

Though that would mean Krypto would have to figure out how to text Lois without opposable thumbs.

He’s a fuckin’ Superdog Omar, I’m sure he’ll figure it out somehow

Also, gotta question Batman’s whole gun-exploding lightbulb technique there. That felt a tad superfluous, Bruce…I mean you probably could have just walked up to those guys like “I’m Batman” with destroying public property.

that story showed that not only was dc really willing to do crazy stuff way back then but even would have those who did the lois lane comic do some of that craziness. for lois lane saving just by kissing . interesting idea. espically since batman normaly is the one who always has a plan. plus who knew that red kryponite could as an effect neutrilize other kryptonite.

A Passing Pedant, From a Buick 6: the Dylan song is “Abandoned Love”, not “Lo and Behold!”.

This should be the plot of Zack Snyder’s Batman and Superman movie.

If Man of Steel is any indication, this Lois Lane story is about 100 times better than anything Snyder is likely to come up with.

A Passing Pedant, From a Buick 6: the Dylan song is “Abandoned Love”, not “Lo and Behold!”.

“Abandoned Love” gives the title of this feature, not the new feature that I was referring to. The new feature’s title comes from “Lo and Behold!”

are we really sure they weren’t all on drugs at DC in the ’60s?

What the heck does “you’ve got more crust than a pie” mean? Is it referring to the amount of lipstick on Lois?

Crap, I meant to mention that line. “Crust” was an old slang term meaning “nerve” or “gall,” so if you had a lot of crust, you had a lot of gall. So Lois here has more crust than a pie, as she definitely seems to have a lot of nerve going after making out with all of these superheroes.

This was one of those deals where they drew the cover first, then made the story off of it, right? I mean, it has to be.

Yeah, that sounds likely. Weisinger was a fan of that approach.

Actually for a Lois story of the day it seems fairly normal, just an insanely complicated scheme.

I think you mean DC editorial was “compartmentalized” back then, instead of decompartmentalized, right?

“I need some man-bait!”

Oh, Lois.

While I agree, the art looks like Stan Kaye finishes, when DC has reprinted this story with credits they have Attributed the art to Curt Swan & George Klein, e.g Superman Family #171 (1971).

It is amazing how readable the Weisinger era Superman comics always are. They are silly, sexist and Silver Age-y, but I always find myself reading the whole thing.

Well, I’ve already thought of a line from ‘Lo And Behold’ that would work well as a title for an ongoing feature, but I guess I’ll have to wait a week to see if it’s the one you use.

I’m amazed that you still haven’t ever used the first few words from ‘Yea Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread’. That one seems so obvious.

Well, the comic book and me, just us, we caught the bus…

I don’t know what my favorite part was. Batman’s “swell”!, the absurdity of plan L, or the time warp. How long was Superman fighting those aliens anyway? And how quickly did Lois get all those smooches?

Although the award has to go to “Gosh, what a fantastic arrow” simply because of said arrow’s absurdity and how simple it is to take Lois out of context.

I liked how they totally forgot about Krypto. “Yeah, Superman’s flying dog is making Ls in the sign with a torch…anyway, WE NEED A STORY GUYS!”

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That is a good point. How long did the story take place for? Shouldn’t Superman be dead by the time they got the lipstick to him? And I never thought I would ever type something like that in my life. Lol

And sorry about the delay…

In posting. Doh!

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