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You Can Buy A Page From The Comic In Which Lois Lane Fell In Love With Comet The Super-Horse!

August 30, 2016


I don’t mean to tell you what to do with your money, gang, but here are some very important facts concerning an excellent investment opportunity:

1) In Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #92, Lois fell in love with Comet the Super-Horse.

2) You can buy a page from that comic book RIGHT NOW at Heritage Auctions.

Lois falling in love with a horse needs some explanation; in particular, it should be pointed out that Lois was a horse at the time as well. Or rather, they were both human, then both horses, and their love grew over the course of their encounters in both forms.

The full story is this: It turns out that Comet the Super-Horse, the caped flying horse who was a pal of Supergirl throughout the Silver Age, was also a human named Bill Biron. Now, back in the days of ancient Greece, Biron was a centaur who fell in love with the sorceress Circe and won her affection by saving her from the evil Maldor, a rival wizard.  Circe gave him a potion to turn him into a man, but she accidentally gave him the wrong potion and turned him into a full horse. She then gave him another potion that gave him the powers of the Olympian gods and immortality. Centuries later, he met Supergirl and became Comet the Super-Horse

You with me so far? Now, for some reason, whenever a comet passes by Earth, Comet the Super-Horse, a.k.a. Biron the former centaur, turns into a powerless human man. And when he does, he performs as the magician Bill Biron to make a few bucks. While he was in this form, he met Lois Lane and, much like with Circe, he won her affection by saving her from an assassination plot. He told her that he was really Comet, but she fell for him anyway and they ended up kissing. As Lois explained, “This is wild! Maybe he’s superhorse, but this handsome, human identity of his really turns me on.”

Lois falling in love with random dudes was pretty common in the Silver Age. She wanted Superman above all else, but he was never into settling down. So when handsome guys came along, Lois was often ready to ditch Superman to marry them. This got her into a lot of tricky situations. She almost married a weird looking alien in one issue, and nearly ended up wed to Satan himself in another. So as far as her romances went, a guy who’s also a horse wasn’t too bad.

Trouble did follow, though, as it always did with these romances. The evil wizard Maldor was still after Biron/Comet, and he ended up turning Lois into a horse! Luckily, the comet flew off into space around the same time and Comet returned to his horse form. The duo evaded horse hunters, then frolicked  together through snow and waterfalls in a romantic horse date.

In the mean time, Circe reached out to Superman through the “stream of time” to tell him that Lois was a horse, and that he could turn her back into a human by exposing her to the radiance of a rainbow. He did so, but part of the spell meant that she forgot her time as a horse, and remembered Biron only as a fun one-night date; she assumed he’d turned back into Comet the Super-horse and just moved on.

Obviously, this is a fantastic issue of Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane. And now, you can own a piece of this story! Heritage Auctions has a listing for a page from the issue, pencilled by the legendary Curt Swan with inks by Mike Esposito:


The page is from the horse hunters sequence, when Lois and Comet fight to escape them. Lois is on the page, but in horse form. And right now, it’s only $12! The price will go up as the auction goes on, and by the time it closes in five days it should be a lot higher, but you never know how these things will go. So get on it, fellow Lois Lane fans! Think of what a conversation piece this page will be when it’s framed and hung prominently in your home. You’d be a fool not to look into it. I’m certainly going to watch the auction through to the end.


Superwoman #1 Review: Either One Of The Best Or Worst Comics Of DC’s “Rebirth” Line

August 10, 2016


Superwoman is a great comic book until the last page, and depending on how that last page plays out it’s either going to be a book I’ll be very much looking forward to each month or a book I’ll drop like a hot potato. We’ll see how it goes. I’m certainly hoping for the former, because I really enjoyed the bulk of this issue. We’ll dig into it all, but first:


I mean, it’s kind of spoiled all over the internet right now, but still!

Read the book first!

This honestly isn’t the kind of Lois Lane comic book I wanted. I’ve been arguing that Lois should have her own series for years now, one that focuses on her journalistic adventures tracking down big scoops and taking down evildoers of the non-costumed variety. I basically want Gotham Central set in the Daily Planet newsroom with Lois as the main character. This book is not that. It’s Lois Lane with superpowers, which she gained when the New 52 Superman died a few months back. But while Superwoman is not what I’ve been wanting, it’s a lot of fun.

First, of course Lois Lane would make an awesome superhero. She’s done it a bunch of times over the years, as she actually mentions in the issue, and it’s always a good time. In Investigating Lois Lane, I call Lois a superhero without superpowers; she’s got all of the same values, bravery, and desire to do what’s right that Superman and Wonder Woman do, she’s just a hero in a slightly more down to earth way. So with powers, she’s got the temperament and heart to use them well and be a stellar superhero.

Second, this is one of the first comic books where Lois Lane and Lana Lang are on friendly terms. They’ve been rivals for decades, often to cringeworthy degrees, Superman’s old flame versus his new one. Writers in the Silver Age really leaned into their rivalry and often had them at each other’s throats, literally so on several occasions. This continued when Lana returned in the Bronze Age; in one issue, they got into a fight at work and Lana dunked Lois’s head in a punch bowl. Throughout the Modern Age, Lana became kind of a sad character who was obsessed with Clark and grated on Lois, and in the New 52 era the women haven’t exactly been pals.

But Lois knows that Lana helped Clark with his powers, and that she needs help to learn how to control hers. She also knows that Lana is smart and a good person, and that her advice and input would be invaluable. So she proposes that they work together and after some reluctance, Lana gets on board. They’re not friends, exactly, but they’re friend adjacent, which is a lovely change of pace. Plus the banter is so much fun.

Third, this relationship comes with the exciting twist of Lana having superpowers too! Her energy powers resemble the 1990s Red Superman era, and she and Lois team up to stop Lex Luthor’s mega-warship from taking out a bridge. So Lana’s not just an advisor and trainer; they have a super-team up! I was so on board for that. Two formal rivals that have been so often mistreated in comics teaming up to be super friends? Yes, please!

Then they killed Lois. Or so the last page suggests. It’s a busy page, so it’s hard to tell exactly what happens. Maybe whatever mystery villain the duo is battling turns Lois into stone or some such, or perhaps Lois just burns out in a manner that may have been exacerbated by Lana using her powers. Whatever the case, Lois appears to be dead and the tease for the next issue is “Who Killed Superwoman?”

If Lois is really dead, then I’m out and this book can go right to hell. I’m so sick of dead Loises. The entire 21st century history  of Superman comics is dead Loises, in various forms. Lois is why I showed up for this book. I love Lana, but I’m not going to read a Lana book that comes at the expense of Lois. It doesn’t help that I was reluctant to get this book in the first place because serial sexual harasser Eddie Berganza is editing it. Between that and killing off Lois, I’ll drop this book and never look back if the final page reveal holds.

However, this is superhero comics. Fake out death cliffhangers are the genre’s stock in trade. If this is a momentary thing that’s reversed and the book continues to be Lois and Lana: Super Friends, then I’m all about it. This was a very enjoyable opening issue, and I’m excited to read more if Lois stays in the picture.

I’m not sure how to read the tea leaves on this one. This book is called Superwoman, singular, so that hints that Lana might replace Lois since there can only be one. And there’s already another Lois Lane in the universe, a transplant from the pre-New 52 days, so the Superman offices might have considered their leftover New 52 Lois to be redundant. On the other hand, I know that Phil Jimenez loves Lois, and I’m hoping he’s going to stick with the character. Lois is on upcoming covers, too, though I’ve been fooled by that trick before. I’m also hoping that DC is smart enough not to tease us with a Lois book just to kill her off. They can’t be that dumb, right?

So, Superwoman may be the start of an exciting new series, or it may be a straight up pile of garbage! Time will tell. I’m really hoping that Lois is alive, because this was such a fun first issue and I am so down for more Lois and Lana fun. Phil Jimenez did a great job with the writing and the art, particularly with the excellent new costumes, and I’d love to see this new partnership explored for many issues to come. But if Lois is gone, I’m gone. We’ll see how things shake out.

Remembering Noel Neill, The First Live Action Lois Lane

July 5, 2016


Noel Neill passed away last Sunday at the age of 95, having lived a long and fascinating life. She wore a number of hats during her time in show business; she was a model, a singer, and an actress in both film and television, but she was best known as Lois Lane. Neill was the first live action Lois, playing the character alongside Kirk Alyn’s Man of Steel in the 1948 serial film Superman and reprising the role in its 1950 sequel, Atom Man vs. Superman. After Phyllis Coates left the Adventures of Superman television series after one season in 1952, the producers immediately reached out to the original Lois, and Neill played Lois next to George Reeves’ Superman for the next five seasons of the program until it ended in 1958.

Neill was Lois Lane during the bulk of the run of the Adventures of Superman, making her the person that an entire generation of fans associated with the character. The show was a hit in its initial run, and remained popular in syndication for a long time as well. Until Margot Kidder took over the role in Superman: The Movie in 1978, Noel Neill WAS Lois Lane.

Neill’s Lois was pleasant and kind-hearted, a stark contrast to the no nonsense brashness that Coates and later Kidder imbued in the character. Neill brought a warmth and friendliness to the role, which fit the part; the program was aimed primarily at children from its second season on, and Neill’s Lois was a good match for its fun, sometimes silly tone. She often found herself in goofy adventures alongside Jimmy Olsen, caught up in a zany plan that required Superman to come save them.

But Neill’s Lois wasn’t all damsel in distress hijinks; in one notable episode, she wrote an editorial that encouraged women to come out and vote in order to get rid of a corrupt politician, leveraging her position at the Daily Planet to try to make a difference. Moreover, she was a constant presence at the newspaper, always chasing down leads and trying to land front page scoops. She was a respected career woman at a time when most of the women on television were homemakers, serving as a role model for young girls in the 1950s and offering them an alternative future to aspire to.

After the Adventures of Superman ended, Neill remained closely associated with Lois Lane and the Superman franchise. She cameoed as Lois’ mother in an early scene in Superman: The Movie, appeared in the Superboy TV show in 1991, and had a small role in Superman Returns in 2006. Neill was also a regular presence at comic book conventions over the decades, representing the show alongside Jack Larson long after most of the original cast had passed. By all accounts, she was delightful, kind, and encouraging to everyone she encountered at conventions, and was a wonderful ambassador for Lois Lane.

I was so sad to hear about her passing yesterday, but wow, what a life. She got to be Lois Lane, TWICE, and seemed to love every minute of it. As a young girl growing up in Minnesota, her father ran a newspaper and she dreamed of being a reporter; she even wrote some articles for Women’s Wear Daily before turning to show business. Then as Lois, she got to live her dream on the big screen and the small screen, and wholeheartedly embraced her association with the character from then on. She will be remembered and missed by legions of fans, young and old.

Finally, here’s a bio of Noel Neill that first appeared in Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #7 in February 1959. When Lois’ new series began, many of the letters from young fans asked about Neill and wanted to know more about her, so DC put together this piece for them. Fans continued to ask about her even after the article ran, so DC reprinted it a few more times throughout the 1960s:


Go Support “Sequential Crush Presents How to Go Steady” On Kickstarter!

June 27, 2016


I don’t post about a lot of comic book Kickstarter projects here because there’s always a billion of them going on, many of which look fun or intriguing for one reason or another. But every so often there’s a project that I think everyone should get behind, and today that project is Sequential Crush Presents How to Go Steady by Jacque Nodell, with art by Jenny Cimino. The book is a how-to guide for love and dating based on romance comic books from the 1960s and 1970s, and it looks fantastic.

Romance comics are often overlooked by comic fans these days. When we think of the history of the medium, we often just focus on superheroes, or the brief crime/horror surge of the early 1950s, but romance comics were a big deal for a long time. They first debuted in the mid-1940s and became increasingly popular; by the 1960s, practically every comic book publisher had at least one romance book, if not several. It was a massively popular genre, and one of the very few corners of the comic book world marketed directly at female readers.

Reading old romance comics today is always entertaining because they were very much of their time, and often behind the times a bit since they tended to embody the values of the old white men who published them rather than the trendy young girls who read them. But they definitely did evolve as American society did, even resulting in some distinctly feminist tales by the 1970s. The genre offers a fascinating perspective on how young women were viewed in this era, as well as the dominant values of the period and how they changed.

Nothing better captured these dominant values than the advice columns that appeared in almost every romance comic series. Young girls would write in to ask advice on everything related to romance, from kissing to dating to fashion to jealousy to break ups, and the advice columnists would try to steer them in the proper direction. Jacque Nodell has pored over innumerable stories and advice columns to put together this book that explores the “timeless dating advice, wisdom, and lessons from vintage romance comics.”

And she’s certainly the best woman for the job! Her website, Sequential Crush, is arguably the best online resource for classic romance comics, a veritable treasure trove of old stories, advice columns, and quizzes, along with thoughtful and illuminating commentary on them all. In a landscape where the history of romance comics is too often ignored, Jacque Nodell has continually shone a light on the genre.

Jacque was actually a huge help in my own research, too. While putting together Investigating Lois Lane, I was stumped by a blatantly anti-feminist letter column that ran during Lois Lane’s women’s lib era when editor Dorothy Woolfolk revitalized her series; I couldn’t find information about it anywhere, and had no idea how to tackle it in the book. Then I found out about a similar column from a romance comic that was also edited by Woolfolk on Sequential Crush, and all the pieces fell into place. You’ll have to read my book to find out how, but my chapter on the subject owes a huge debt to Jacque!

Sequential Crush Presents How to Go Steady also features original art by Jenny Cimino which looks gorgeous; she’s totally capturing the classic romance comic vibe with her work here. The project as a whole should be a great, interesting read, and will be of particular interest to comic book fans, romance fans, and history buffs alike. You should definitely go take a look at it and considering backing the project; it’s almost a third of the way there now, and I’m very much hoping to see it make its funding goal and even more because this is definitely a book I want to have. Comics! History! Romance! What more could you want?

The New Civil War: The Cap/Hydra Reaction and a Call for a Ceasefire

June 1, 2016


Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 hit comic shops a week ago, and comics Twitter has been aflame ever since. SPOILER ALERT: The issue revealed that Captain America was an agent of Hydra, and interviews with writer Nick Spencer and editor Tom Brevoort suggested that this wasn’t a gimmick or a fakeout and that Steve might have been a sleeper Hydra agent all along.

And so the war began. A few idiots harassed creators and made death threats. Creators got indignant and defensive. Valid, thoughtful critiques were dismissed out of hand. Everyone got SUPER mad, and all sorts of blocking, muting, and fiery language ensued based on which articles someone retweeted. It’s exhausting to watch, and seems to be taking an emotional toll on many people.

Now, I know that a few dummies on both sides, the threatening trolls and the dickish creators, are never going to change, but everyone else in the middle of all of this probably can, and thus calm it all down. And I’m sure this piece will catch on like wildfire because everyone loves a call for calm and rational thought. I jest, of course; I’ve been writing on the internet long enough to know that angry pieces do SO much better. But for the few of you reading this (thanks, by the way!) maybe we can learn some things and help tone things down a bit.

So, here are my thoughts:

1) Creators are being harassed and threatened. That is NOT COOL.

And also indefensible. Harassment and threats are terrible and wholly uncalled for in any situation, much less over a comic book. This should not be minimalized or swept to the side; this is a scary, unpleasant situation, and entirely undeserved for those dealing with it.

2) Because of this, creators are upset.

And understandably so. Threats are frightening, and seeing their colleagues dealing with this must be unpleasant and perhaps bring up memories of their own past experiences with harassment. As such, they’re a bit defensive. They want to defend their friends, and also take a stand against this sort of reaction generally.

3) There are legitimate, valid critiques of Steve Rogers: Captain America #1.

And of all comics, really. But this issue especially. Marvel turned Captain America into a Nazi, basically. That’s going to upset people. Particularly Jewish people, who have written some very thoughtful, emotional critiques of the issue. Moreover, it’s all obviously a stunt; whatever Marvel may say about Captain America being Hydra for real, this is comics. It’s going to be undone, probably sooner than later. Captain America was created by two Jewish men, and punched out Hitler before America even entered the war, so turning him into a Hydra agent for a brief story/sales gimmick is going to irritate some people.

4) Some folks are conflating the harassment and the criticism.

And that’s not cool either. They are very different things. Harassers are a bunch of idiots, while critics have valid points to make, and are part of art generally. If you make something, you will be reviewed and critiqued. That’s how art works. Conflating harassment and criticism is a way to dismiss all criticism out of hand, which is dumb at best, and willfully ignorant at worst.

5) Others are conflating harassment and calls for representation of marginalized groups.

And this is just super dumb. The superhero genre is not great at telling stories that star anyone other than straight white dudes, but some people seem to think that wanting more diverse characters, be it gender, sexuality, or race, is “fan entitlement” that goes hand in hand with harassment. This is obviously stupid.

So what can we do? Well, we all can chill out. Things have gotten heated and it would behoove everyone to take a step back and try to get some perspective on the situation. For those who are outraged at the fan reaction, separate the trolls from the legit criticism and maybe listen and reflect on why people are upset about the comic. They’re not trying to crush freedom of speech or squash creators’ ability to tell a story; they’re passionate, often well-versed fans with valid points, and Captain America means a lot to them.

For those who are outraged at the issue, and the comic book creators who defend it, consider that death threats are ridiculously uncool and scary, and that it must be difficult to see your colleagues deal with that. Also remember that they are human beings, and that a tweet or a retweet is not the sum total of who they are. Moreover, these are people who love telling stories, and being defensive about their ability to do so unfettered and without fear is a fairly natural response.

Now, I don’t want to create a false equivalency here. Yes, a lot of people are getting upset on both sides and I think that we could all do with a little bit of calming down and moving forward, but the whole situation highlights some systemic problems within the superhero industry and its fandom. This current bout of harassment is awful and contemptible, of course. However, while people are understandably upset about harassment right now, harassment is a daily problem for those who write about and critique comic books, especially women and people of colour; threats are the norm. It’s also the norm for female comic books creators. That all of these folks, mostly men, are vocal about harassment only now feels a bit disingenuous, and this combined with the conflation of harassment with legitimate viewpoints and calls for diversity is very frustrating indeed. There’s a degree of privilege at play here that doesn’t sit well with me, as well as a degree of punching down. Critics are upset at the actions of a massive corporation, and those who back the corporation so wholeheartedly while dismissing these critics are definitely the Goliath of this scene. In many ways, this situation has turned into an avenue for gatekeeping and downplaying marginalized voices.

At the end of the day, though, everyone could benefit from a cessation of hostilities. Let’s just be kind, and remember that threats and harassment are terrible and that reasonable, well thought out criticism is good and healthy. People can disagree without being jerks about it. Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz are going to tell their story, and some people are going to like it and some people are going to think it’s dumb and problematic, and there will be various discussions therein. Let’s be civil, try to see the other side, check our privilege, and just be reasonable human beings. It’s not that hard.

Comic Crowd Sourcing, Round Two: Sandman Letter Columns! Got Them? Win Prizes!

April 18, 2016


Earlier this month, I put up a list of over 150 comic books that I needed letter column data from for a research project I’m working on. The response was AMAZING, and I got all of the information I needed in about ten days. Thanks so much to everyone who helped out; it’s so great to have a complete data set.

Inspired by this success, I’ve decided to branch out a bit. All of my initial data was on superhero comics from 1960 to 1999, tracking the female readership of them through letter columns, but I think an interesting comparison to that would be Sandman, a comic that’s said to have had a substantial female audience. The late 80s and early 90s were not great for women in the letter columns of superhero books. Marvel was averaging about 5% women in the books I looked at, well DC was at about 6%. It’d be fascinating to compare this to the letter columns in Sandman, and see what sort of a difference it made in what was a very male dominated industry at the time.

This is where you all come in. I have NO issues of Sandman whatsoever. I’ve got the Absolute editions, and they’re swell, but they don’t have letter columns. There’ll be a full list of Sandman issues at the end of the this post; if you’ve got any, let me know what’s in the letter columns and I’ll cross the issues off the list as data comes in. In return, you’ll be entered in the ongoing contest to win some swell prizes. Here’s how it all works, copied straight from round one:

  1. For every issue listed below that you send me the gender breakdown of the letter writers, you get ONE ENTRY in the contest.
  2. For every issue listed below that you send me a list of all of the names in the letter column, you get TWO ENTRIES.
  3. For every issue listed below that you send me a readable photo or a scan of the letter column, you get THREE ENTRIES.

These entries go into a raffle, the prizes for which are these:



THIRD PRIZE: $10 US (awarded to three winners!)

So five prizes are up for grabs, in various denominations, and I will give them to you in whatever format you’d like. Straight cash? Sure. Amazon gift card? No problem. Comixology credit? Can do. McDonald’s gift certificates? Okay. Is BitCoin still a thing? Because I’ll get you some. All in pennies? That would be super annoying, but I’ll do it.

Moreover, because of the nature of the contest, you could win more than one prize! If you’ve got every issues of Sandman and send me tons of data and I can close this thing down tomorrow, guess what? You’re probably going to get some prizes. Conversely, if you’ve only got a few of these books, you’re still in the mix if you send the data along!

Plus, win or lose, you’re helping with some fun research. I’m putting together a really interesting portrait of comic book audiences over this decade that I think will make for an enjoyable read and be helpful for other researchers and historians.

Figuring out the data is pretty simple. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re reading a letter column:

  • The gender of each writer is pretty obvious from their name. Richard is probably a guy and Rebecca is probably a girl. Stick with what’s obvious.
  • There are some ambiguous names, like a Pat or a Sandy or some such. If you’re not sure of a name, don’t count it but let me know the name.
  • Do the same with initials or letter writers who use weird pseudonyms or titles.
  • With some ambiguous names, the text of their letter may reveal their gender, so it never hurts to read the letter if you aren’t sure.
  • Some issues won’t have letter columns. That’s fine, and important information that will get you a contest entry. Just say there’s no column in the issue.
  • If you have any other questions or aren’t sure about something, just let me know the name(s) and I’ll figure it out!

Here’s a hypothetical rough idea of what I’m looking for with each issue:

Sandman #45 – 6 men, 3 women,  2 unknown = Sandy Jones, T.K. Smith

And that’s it! You can add more information or send pictures for more entries, but this is the core of what I’m looking for.

To participate in the contest, send the information to:

Thanks so much, everyone! The first round was a huge success, and I’m hoping to get another big response here. This’ll be the last round, too, so it’s your final chance to get on board to win prizes and/or be a part of fun comic book history research. Any information you can provide will be hugely helpful!

Here are all of the issues:

  • Sandman #1 (1989)
  • Sandman #2 (1989)
  • Sandman #3 (1989)
  • Sandman #4 (1989)
  • Sandman #5 (1989)
  • Sandman #6 (1989)
  • Sandman #7 (1989)
  • Sandman #8 (1989)
  • Sandman #9 (1989)
  • Sandman #10 (1989)
  • Sandman #11 (1989)
  • Sandman #12 (1990)
  • Sandman #13 (1990)
  • Sandman #14 (1990)
  • Sandman #15 (1990)
  • Sandman #16 (1990)
  • Sandman #17 (1990)
  • Sandman #18 (1990)
  • Sandman #19 (1990)
  • Sandman #20 (1990)
  • Sandman #21 (1990)
  • Sandman #22 (1991)
  • Sandman #23 (1991)
  • Sandman #24 (1991)
  • Sandman #25 (1991)
  • Sandman #26 (1991)
  • Sandman #27 (1991)
  • Sandman #28 (1991)
  • Sandman #29 (1991)
  • Sandman #30 (1991)
  • Sandman #31 (1991)
  • Sandman #32 (1991)
  • Sandman #33 (1991)
  • Sandman #34 (1992)
  • Sandman #35 (1992)
  • Sandman #36 (1992)
  • Sandman #37 (1992)
  • Sandman #38 (1992)
  • Sandman #39 (1992)
  • Sandman #40 (1992)
  • Sandman #41 (1992)
  • Sandman #42 (1992)
  • Sandman #43 (1992)
  • Sandman #44 (1992)
  • Sandman #45 (1993)
  • Sandman #46 (1993)
  • Sandman #47 (1993)
  • Sandman #48 (1993)
  • Sandman #49 (1993)
  • Sandman #50 (1993)
  • Sandman #51 (1993)
  • Sandman #52 (1993)
  • Sandman #53 (1993)
  • Sandman #54 (1993)
  • Sandman #55 (1993)
  • Sandman #56 (1993)
  • Sandman #57 (1994)
  • Sandman #58 (1994)
  • Sandman #59 (1994)
  • Sandman #60 (1994)
  • Sandman #61 (1994)
  • Sandman #62 (1994)
  • Sandman #63 (1994)
  • Sandman #64 (1994)
  • Sandman #65 (1995)
  • Sandman #66 (1995)
  • Sandman #67 (1995)
  • Sandman #68 (1995)
  • Sandman #69 (1995)
  • Sandman #70 (1995)
  • Sandman #71 (1995)
  • Sandman #72 (1995)
  • Sandman #73 (1995)
  • Sandman #74 (1996)
  • Sandman #75 (1996)

It Looks Like Lois Lane Will be the New Superwoman in Upcoming Series by Jimenez and Lupacchino

April 12, 2016


First, Newsarama noticed that a picture file of the cover of DC’s recently announced Superwoman title, which is part of their upcoming “Rebirth” line, was titled “Lois Spread_Colors_Final.” That was a bit of a hint. And now that DC is releasing previews of their upcoming line, Bleeding Cool‘s got the inside scoop: Lois Lane is Superwoman. Here’s the official description of the new series:

Imbued with the powers of Superman, Lois Lane pledges to use her powers to protect Metropolis as the new Superwoman. The only problem is, Lois’ new powers are killing her, and neither she nor her friend and confidant Lana Lang know what to do about it. Will Lois even survive long enough to find out the deadly secret of ULTRA-WOMAN?

Superwoman debuts this August, and is written and drawn by Phil Jimenez, along with Emanuela Lupacchino, and it sounds like it could be an interesting series. Look away if you don’t want to see any potential spoilers, but it sounds like the New 52 Superman is going to die and have several different replacements. The pre-New 52 Superman who currently stars in Superman: Lois and Clark will take over as THE Superman, but there will also be Gene Luen Yang’s new Chinese Super-Man, Lex Luthor’s wearing a suit with a Superman logo on it, and Lois will take to the skies as Superwoman. It’s all very reminiscent of the original death of Superman in the 1990s, when he was replaced by Cyborg Superman, the Eradicator, Steel, and Superboy.

There are currently two Lois Lanes in the DC universe, the New 52 Lois and the pre-New 52 Lois, and the description doesn’t specify which Lois will be Superwoman. I’m guessing it’s the New 52 Lois, though, seeing as she’s got the closest connection to the Superman who seems to be not long for the world. I’m not sure if she’ll continue with her journalistic alter ego or if she’ll just be Superwoman and the pre-New 52 Lois will take over at the Daily Planet; the details are a little sparse right now.

I do like that there are two Loises, though. Having Lois be Superwoman and ditch journalism just wouldn’t feel right, but with a second Lois around to continue on the newspaper front, DC can have their cake and eat it too. We’ll have the classic Lois, chasing down scoops, along with a new take on the character in her Superwoman guise.

Lois has gotten superpowers occasionally in the past, but only momentarily. In one Silver Age story, both Lois and Lana Lang got powers and immediately used their new abilities to fight over who would be the better wife for Superman. It sounds like today’s Lois is going to use her powers for more altruistic means, and I’m very excited to hear that she’s teaming up with Lana! They were rivals for decades in the Silver and Bronze Ages, and then were never close in the post-Crisis era. Having them finally become friends is a very cool change and I’m looking forward to seeing them work together.

However, I do have a bit of trepidation about the superpowers slowly killing her, only because it sounds a lot like the current plot of The Mighty Thor. Jane Foster is Thor, but she has cancer in her civilian identity and turning into Thor negates the effects of her chemotherapy. Phil Jimenez is a great writer, though, and I’m hopeful that he’ll have a very different angle on things that will make Superwoman stand out from The Mighty Thor.

While the bulk of DC’s “Rebirth” line is set to ship bi-monthly, Superwoman will be a normal, monthly title and its first issue will premiere on August 10. I’m definitely going to check it out. Honestly, it’s not the sort of Lois Lane series I was hoping for; I think that Lois is long overdue for a series that focuses on her adventures as a journalist, tracking down scoops for the Daily Planet and taking down villains, corrupt institutions, and more. But this sounds fun too. I love Jimenez and Lupacchino, the book will be gorgeous for sure, and it could be an interesting new direction for the character. I’m looking forward to it.

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