Seventy-five years ago when Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 there was only one other character who also appeared and has been a consistent part of the Super-Mythos …
… Lois Lane.
That means this year is also her 75th anniversary. That Lois Lane is one of the most famous fictional female characters is a simple fact. That she is key to the Superman mythos is also a fact - she was created by the team that created Superman and she’s been in almost every single media adaption of the Superman story.
Two new books have just been released about Lois Lane in time for her anniversary. DC Comics has recently released a compendium of Lois Lane comics called Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years. And the academic publisher Scarecrow press has released an anthology Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart. I was provided with review copies of each and my thoughts follow.
Newsarama is gauging the support for a Lois Lane book by the number of likes it gets on its story.
You can see their response above.
Get busy. Like. Share. Get out the vote.
During NYCC Dan Didio mentioned that DC would be doing a double issue special with Lois Lane in 2014 and I’ve learned that the issue will hit in February. The issue will be solicted over the next few days along with at least one other new title featuring a female character.
The double sized issue is, I understand, titled Superman:Lois Lane which is interesting given Didio’s comments at the time:
"her name can look just as good on the title of a comic as Supermans, can’t it?"
I’ve also learned that it will have a female writer. I’ve heard a name associated with the book and if it is correct she seems like a great fit.update: it’s Marguerite Bennett per Comicvine.
The double issue however, I understand, reflects a renewed thinking about Lois Lane from DC. More on that later.
DC is also releasing a collection of Lois Lane stories for her 75th anniversary in the next few weeks. Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years can be ordered here.
If you haven’t seen the video short created by Zack Snyder and Bruce Timm for Superman’s 75th you should watch it right now because it is quite wonderful.
But it is also problematic in that Lois Lane is pretty much missing from the piece.
I’ve watched it a few times and here’s what I can see of her.
Collage of many Clark’s and Lois in blink or you’ll miss it background to Superman running.
A reference to the Bronze Age issue “I am Curious (Black) issue on the far left.
The DCAU Lois Lane (voice by the wonderful Dana Delaney) in a crowd scene.
Jimmy Olsen gets more screen time and more interaction. Jimmy. Olsen.
Who, of course, hasn’t yet celebrated his 75th anniversary. Lois Lane of course was in the very first issue of Action Comics and has been there with Superman for 75 years. She is integral to the Superman Mythos and has appeared in almost every media adaption of Superman.
It is incredibly and stunningly disappointing to see this piece give her the lack of attention it does.
There has been quite a few people who have also noticed this lack of Lois. And as you can imagine the response has been exactly the kind of behavior you’d expect!
Here’s a "colussus34" from the CBR forums
You feminists make me sick, get over yourselves. She’s a supporting character who would NEVER exist if Superman wasn’t as popular as he is. Yea people like male superheroes deal with it. We aren’t giving a Lois Lane participation award either.
Ah comics fans are the BEST fans aren’t they. But seriously, this video needed more of the one of the greatest love affairs of all time
or with Superman. Either would have worked actually.
After surprising fans yesterday by announcing that Stephanie Brown will return to the DCU next year, DC has also dropped a number of hints about another fan favorite Lois Lane.
With the publisher by eliminating the classic Lois Lane and Superman coupling of the Superman mythos for the so called “power couple” of Superman and Wonder Woman, it has left Lois Lane fans wondering what DC would do with the character especially as she was also celebrating her 75th anniversary.
At NYCC today there was hint that a long awaited Lois Lane title may be appearing in 2014. The character had a long running title in the Silver and Bronze age that at time outsold Batman. But since then she’s had few standalone projects. Over the past years, DC has rejected numerous pitches for vehicles focusing on Lois, including one from Greg Rucka.
Today when answering a question about the controversial Wonder Woman and Superman pairing, Didio said "it’s not at the expense of Lois Lane, we love Lois. It’s her 75th Anniversary, too. We have big plans for Lois Lane in 2014, and who knows, her name can look just as good on the title of a comic as Supermans, can’t it?"
Didio also asked on Twitter yesterday about the Superman panel
DC Comics is also publishing a 75th anniversary collection for Lois Lane which is out next month - You can pre-order it here.
Sadly the merchandise for Man of Steel ignored Lois Lane as played by Amy Adams. Where is the justice in this world that Kate Bosworth has a Barbie Lois Lane and Amy Adams does not? But we did see a Lois Lane figure in the Man of Steel Lego set (spoiler for those of you who haven’t seen or read about the movie). But it turns out she also got a HeroClix figure. And here it is.
Someday we’ll get another action figure of Lois Lane other than the Silver Age Lois or the All-Star Superman Lois. I hope.
Man of Steel is out this week and it has inspired lots and lots of posts on the Lois Lane. Here’s a few you may want to check out.
I went to J-School because of Lois so I really enjoyed this piece by journalism professor Michele Weldon on why she loves Lois.
Forget the Man Of Steel. Krypton Shrypton. The Woman of Words is who I have always wanted to emulate. I love Lois Lane.
Go give it a read.
The Atlantic has an interesting piece Esther Zuckerman "Lois Lane and the Case for the Female Superhero Movie."She’s seen the movie; I haven’t so I can’t really discuss her view of Lois but I agree with the idea that female superhero movies are a good thing. Don’t read the comments. Or rather do if you want to see the kind of dudebro comments that deserve DRAMATIC READING!
Yahoo has a story on how the dynamic between Lois and Superman has been changed for the better in the movie. The title of the piece, “Lois Lane’s ‘Man of Steel’ Makeover: How is Superman’s Squeeze Different?” is regrettable but it does have some interesting thoughts.
MTV Splash asked a bunch of comics folks including yours truly about the importance of Lois Lane. “Pretty important” is a good indicator of the responses except in the comments where a block of text that hurt my eyes seems ready for a DRAMATIC READING!
The National Post takes a look at the history of Lois Lane in comics and movies. It focuses a bit too much on the Silver Age of Super Dickery but does make a good case that Canadian women do best by Lois. Can’t argue that Durance and Kidder are good evidence of that.
Unfortunately Entertainment Weekly chose to NOT mention either women in their big cover story on Superman in the media. How do you mention Glenn Ford when writing about Superman: The Movie and not Margot Kidder? Or Smallville and not Durance. Or Adventures in Superman and not Coates or Neill? But yet they chose to mention Kate Bosworth in their blurb on Superman Returns which would have made sense if followed by the words, “worst casting of Lois ever.” That story is not online.
And if you haven’t popped over to read Women Read About Comics’ carnival on Lois Lane, I can’t think of a better time to do it.
Visitors to DC Comics Facebook page are greeted today with a brand new cover photo - what looks like a cover for the digital comic Adventures of Superman - featuring Superman and Lois Lane.
DC Comics has been promoting the coupling of Wonder Woman and Superman in DCU proper so its nice but surprising to see this. Of course, there is a new movie coming out in a few weeks with Lois and Superman so this does seem rather smart.
Of course, let me counsel you to refrain from reading the comments. Many are positive and some are the ilk you would expect.
DC Comics has a slate of variant covers for it’s upcoming Superman Unchained series by Jim Lee and Scott Snyder. Some of the variant covers, designed to not the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, debuted a few weeks ago and included some of the artists known for drawing the Superman series over the years.
One of those artists is Jerry Ordway. Ordway has listed on eBay his original sketches for the covers including the cover that was selected. His original had Cat Grant but Ordway says on his blog that he was asked to cut her (as well as flop the art.)
So what else did he propose?
You’ve seen bits and pieces of it in the trailers. Sometime in Man of Steel Superman rescues Lois from what looks to be a flying pod.
But so far we’ve only seen that rescue. Here’s a look at what happens before that.
There’s quite a few kids’ early readers out tied into the Man of Steel movie including Man of Steel: Superman’s Powers. This book not only talks about Superman’s powers it also says how he gets his name.
Here’s a look Amy Adams/Lois Lane and click for the reveal.