I’ve mentioned this occasionally over the past several months, but now that the holidays are over it’s time to ramp up the excitement: I wrote another book! My first book, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, came out in 2014 and went over very nicely, so thanks so much to everyone for reading and supporting it. I’m back with Chicago Review Press for my second book, a quasi-sequel to the first that digs into the history of everyone’s favourite reporter, Lois Lane:
Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter covers the entire history of Lois Lane, from her first appearance in Action Comics #1 in 1938 through to the present day, across a variety of media. I explore her more than 75 years of comic book fun, but I also look at the Superman radio show, animated shorts, Broadway shows, all of the television shows (live action and cartoon), all of the movies, and even video games. If Lois was in something, it’s covered here.
Here’s the official back cover description, for a quick summary:
Sometimes a fearless heroine, sometimes a damsel in distress, and often both, Lois Lane is a paragon of journalistic integrity and the paramour of the world’s strongest superhero. Across comics, television, movies, and the radio, Lois has spent decades defiantly chasing front page stories despite the Man of Steel’s myriad attempts to rein her in. Investigating Lois Lane brings her out from Superman’s shadow and into the spotlight, exploring the depths of this mercurial woman who has fought for truth and justice for close to eighty years, without a cape or tights.
Or, as Liz Lemon says, it’s basically about this:
The book covers the high points one would expect from the history of Lois Lane: her Golden Age origins, her Silver Age series, Superman: The Movie, the death of Superman, Lois & Clark and Smallville. It’s structured to take us through her primary narrative, with built-in tangents to explore the weirder aspects of her history. We’ll dig into fun things like:
- Superman co-creator Joe Shuster’s infatuation with his model for Lois Lane.
- A letter writing campaign in the early 60s from kids demanding Lois be punished for annoying Superman.
- What Looney Tunes, Mighty Mouse, and Underdog have to do with Lois.
- Lois’ brief pro-women’s lib, feminist revolution in the 1970s and why it only lasted for 7 issues.
- The women who wrote Lois in the 1980s (and beyond).
- The many mysterious “deaths” of Lois Lane.
And so much more!
Investigating Lois Lane is scheduled to come out on March 1, 2016, and you can pre-order it now on Amazon and anywhere else that fine books are sold. With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the horizon, might I humbly suggest both of my books as a fine primer on the two heroines who are totally going to steal the movie from those angry, angsty superbros.
Keep your eyes here and on my twitter page (@timhanley01!) for lots of cool promotions and Lois Lane fun over the next couple of months. I’m really excited about the book, and I can’t for everyone to get to check it out and get into Lois’ fascinating history. She’s been such a staple of the superhero industry for so long, and it was a real pleasure to put the focus on her for a change and explore the character as well as the history of the genre from her perspective.
Anyway, more soon. But for now, HOORAY, new book! And HOORAY, Lois Lane! This is a really fun one, gang.