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.
When Superman/Wonder Woman debuted I concluded my review by saying
In a way I feel sorry for the creators. Batman, of course, kicked off the new 52 with a bang, literally, by having sex with Catwoman on a rooftop. So while you can talk up Superman and Wonder with talk of “adventures” and “heroics” that’s not the reason they are together in this book now. After 50 years of being pals those reading this book are expecting the book to end up where Batman began. Essentially Soule is charged with writing, for the very short term I’m sure, the comic equivalent of foreplay.
That Batman/Catwoman moment of course was drawn by Guillem March who gave Batman not just a six pack but a case.
Today DC Comics unveiled the variant cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #3. And to keep Superman at pace with Batman, we have the same artist giving us another post (or maybe pre- YOU DECIDE) moment.
Let’s ignore that March still draws his characters as if human anatomy is a loose guideline. Let’s ignore WTF is going on with Wonder Woman’s legs. Let’s ignore that Wonder Woman is drawn with more make-up than a Khadashian. Let’s ignore the fact that they have Wonder Woman apparently wrapping herself in Superman’s cape which is basically one of the most iconic Lois Lane images ever. But, hey, maybe it’s not his cape. Maybe it’s hers. Oh wait, she doesn’t wear one. Okay, maybe it’s a sheet. You know because they just came across one in space. Space sheets - now in aisle one at Target.
But what I can’t ignore is the cliched gendered poses they’ve gone with. Superman stand shirtless, tall, hand curled - a typical male pose of strength.
And Wonder Woman. Sloe eyed, enrapped in a sheet with her arms crossed not in pose of power but in a pose of seduction.
If they were both posed the same way it wouldn’t be so bad. You now something like this (but now just like that …)
But they aren’t. And really what can you do when you’ve March drawing the same face on Wonder Woman that he draws on Selina, Ivy and just about any other woman he draws.
I had my concerns about this pairing because I knew that Wonder Woman would end up being a prop to bolster Superman. I had a mailbox full of people concerned about Superman beating up Wonder Woman’s foe in the last issue. But I sorta handwaved that. Even Superman needs to be a peacock in front of his girlfriend.
But this cover? This bothers me.
Sigh. Let me know when this relationship is over.
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.
Superman and Wonder Woman have spent over 50 years as colleagues and friends in the pages of DC Comics. They’ve had lots of team-ups and adventures but never in those 50 plus years did DC ever decide that the two should share a book.
Until now. What’s changed? Why do we now have a book teaming the two up? Well now they are no longer just friends but a “power couple” to use DC Comics own labeling. Both characters have been stripped of their traditional mates in mythos to be brought together in a relationship in the new book debuting today, Superman/Wonder Woman.
As I first reported Faora the bad ass villain from Man of Steel reappears in comics soon in both Action Comics Annual #2 and Superman and his Wonder Girl Friend.
The return of Faora was first seen in pencils by Tony Daniel for the cover for the latter book. You can see she has tall black boots and seems to be well proportioned. The top of her suit is similar to that in the movie focusing on hardware rather than boobage.
Below is the version appearing in the Action Comics Annual #2 with pencils Kenneth Rocafort. The boots are gone and we know have a smaller, waist. Her top has been redesigned as well enabling the proper comic presentation of her boobs.
Rocafort is joined on the issue by Scott Lobdell.
Let’s hope this female warrior from another planet doesn’t recreate their famous panel of another female warrior from another planet.
Damn it, I took a vacation from Tumblr and comics and the world exploded.
Well, not really but still! First, Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and apparently this is the absolutely worst thing that ever happened in the history of the world according to some fanboys (girls).
Or just the worst casting for comic book movies since Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker.
I like Affleck and not just because he’s from Boston. He’s dark and handsome and he’s actually a good actor. I’m sure will be fine as an older Batman. There have been four different dudes who have played Batman one of whom was George Clooney wearing plastic nips. How can it be worse?
Besides, I’m saving my rage for the casting of Wonder Woman which, of course, means I’ll be saving THAT for a long time.
Now on to the other explosion. FanExpo, a Canadian Con, was held this week and DC announced that the Justice League of America will now be the Justice League of Canada. Watch out Rob Ford.
But that wasn’t the really interesting thing - it was about, well, this.
The LA Times has reported with the THR confirming that at SDCC today Warner Bros. will reveal that their next movie will be Batman & Superman starring Henry Cavill and an actor to be named later as Batman. The movie slated for 2015 will also feature the creative team from Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and writer David Goyer.
The story also states that will be followed by a Flash movie in 2016 and a Justice League movie in 2017. There was no information on any release date for a Wonder Woman movie despite the assertion by Diane Nelson that the character, who she referred to as “tricky”, was a top priority for the studio.
Tony Daniel has posted his full pencils for the first issue for the Superman/Wonder Woman Cover and it is very nice and shows some characters that we haven’t seen for a while.
If you saw Man of Steel, and I’m sure quite a few of you did, the one character that everyone agreed was done well was Faora, played by Antje Traue. I enjoyed seeing a female character that broke traditional conventions and was a totally evil badass.
So it was interesting looking at the pencils Daniels posted to see this character standing next to a character who looks like General Zod (Channeling Superman II Terence Stamp not Michael Shannon):
That sure looks like Faora.
Let’s do a comparison.
Faora, of course, originated in comics and also appeared in the Smallville TV show. But both those versions were quite different looking.
Honestly, I’d easily trade you the Pandora book for one with Faora, but then I don’t make those decisions.
The rest of the full gatefold cover follows.
Artist Brittney L. Williams is a recent trainee in the Walt Disney Talent Development program. She’s applied her talents to Superman and the results are below. Disney style and DC IP are oil and water but who wouldn’t want to see this movie?
So yesterday DC announced that Wonder Woman was getting a second book for the first time in 61 years. YAY!
Oh, it’s in a book with Superman. That will focus on the couples’ relationship.
I thought Zack Smith’s comment was spot on:
So what will this book be about? The writer has been busy answering questions on Twitter including this one
But what does that mean? Oh, you know what it means!
UPDATE: Charles Soule has told me that the the original post which only included the second screen cap put his comment out of context. I am therefor including the entire conversation.
The reaction to the book has been mixed although the people who don’t like MY thoughts on it have been quite clear because they’ve been all over me in the comments, Twitter and in comics forums.
In the end, of course, it’s all about sales. And apparently DC Comics has decided that feminist icon or not Wonder Woman is in the end best presented as the girlfriend of someone and both boning and flying their ways into your hearts and wallets.
This is it. This week Warner Bros. doubles down, let’s it ride and throws the dice with the debut of Man of Steel.
The concensus is that the future of DC Entertainment is riding on how this movie does - Heidi MacDonald also said it in her visit to 3 Chicks this week.
That’s a lot of baggage to carry even for the Man of Steel.
The movie has got to please the critics, the soothsayers on Hollywood grosses, the movie goers and the fans of Superman … and Lois Lane.
And that latter is where I have I have a first review!
So Comixology is doing a survey on Superman. And they ask if you’e going to see Man of Steel and some other questions about Superman like your favorite super power (mine is x-ray vision).
And then there are some questions that had me sideying this survey.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
The question is which is your favorite current Superman comic. Hmm, I know my answer! Smallville Season 11!
Wait, since when is Earth 2 a “current Superman title”?
At first I thought, “oh they mean just new 52.” But nope there is Injustice which is, just like Smallville, digital first and out of continuity with the new 52 and based on stories from another medium.
But here’s the really confusing part. When you are asked to pick the best love interest for Superman here are your choices.
Chloe Sullivan IS from the Smallville comic. And in that comic she’s never been a love interest as she is married to Oliver Queen. (By the way is there really any question who is the right answer? Yes, I have checked off Lois).
I’m not sure what is up with this survey but I just pinged Comixology on Twitter to try and get some answers. I mean it would only be fair that all the Superman books get included - don’t you think?