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April 18th marks the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, which made its debut in 1938 featuring Superman and Lois Lane. Before Lex Luthor, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Ma and Pa Kent, Krypton, The Daily Planet, and flight, there was Lois Lane. For most of Superman’s 75 years he has loved Lois Lane, and in the process generations have fallen in love with her too. Through countless incarnations—both in print, animation, and live action—Lois Lane has proven herself as a HERO in her own right, an INSPIRATION, and a ROLE MODEL.

Unfortunately, it appears as if DC Comics is poised to ignore Lois in their celebration of Superman’s 75th anniversary. Variant covers designed to honor Superman and his mythos have been announced. While Lex Luthor is guaranteed his own cover, co-publisher Jim Lee has said there’s only the possibility Lois will appear on a cover, and if she does Lee says it will probably have to include Jimmy and Perry (who both have less longevity and significance than Lois Lane) because he’s not sure a cover with her would sell and DC Comics is too focused on promoting the Superman and Wonder Woman relationship to let Lois share their transitory spotlight.

The premiere female of the Superman mythology DESERVES BETTER than to have her legacy ignored or shared with lesser supporting characters. She deserves RESPECT. To show DC Comics that Lois Lane is a legend in her own right, please tweet #LoisLane75yrs from 7-9pm on Thursday, April 18.

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First Look: Amy Adams as Lois Lane in “Man of Steel”

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Lois Blog 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 51,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 12 Film Festivals

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SUPERMAN 14: THE BEGINNING EMBERS OF CLOIS?

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This is the very first page of Scott Lobdell’s Superman #14.  Here is the narration that accompanies it:

Her name is LOIS LANE. She is an Army brat made good. 

Not even thirty and she’s already won her first Pulitzer.

The nightly news magazine she executive produces on GBS has been nominated for an Emmy.

She’s as comfortable interviewing the President in the White House – as she is filing from behind enemy lines in Quaraq.

Let’s just say there is only one Lois Lane and leave it at that.

As her best friend, he has seen her at her best and at her worst.

As Superman, he’s caught her in his arms while she suffered from hypothermia at 40,000 feet.

As Clark Kent , he escorted her to the last royal wedding where she committed the international faux pas of looking better than the bride.

No matter how many times he lays eyes on her – even as he does here with his x-ray vision –

He’s always taken aback at the realization that Lois Lane is the most amazing woman he has ever met.

The new 52 Clark/Superman doesn’t have the introspective self awareness to be saying or thinking this . . . yet.  It is not an editor’s note.  But it is a glimmer of hope for Lois Lane fans.  And fans for the iconic triangle-for-two.

Lois is amazing — and in these first few pages of this issue, she is the mature one in the room.  A character that has always moved forward (inspiring a super man), she is taking a very important step in her life.  Her sometimes boyfriend is moving in with her.  Is it true love?  Doubt it.  But Lois Lane does not pine and we know how she is in the patience department.  There is only one person she has every been patient with — and that’s Clark.  But five years of patience with no pay off — yea, a woman needs to move on.

Matt Idelson, DC Editor, said this  —

“Clark most definitely has feelings for Lois, but he not only sees her as unattainable, but also unavailable.”

“Clark does indeed have feelings for Lois, unrequited though they might seem to be.”

“My hope is that ultimately, we’ll all look back . . . and see that without Lois in his life, that human representation is something he had to grow towards, and that the absence of Lois in his romantic life held him back.”

Why does Clark think she is unattainable and unavailable (before she hooked up with Jonathan)?  Because of the fauxmance bullship playing out in Justice League.  DC Comics decided Superman’s marriage in the previous universe had to go — it made him unrelatable and boring.  Better to have him in a love triangle. (Where in the hell did I put those puke buckets from Season 7 of Smallville?)  So Superman has been kissing the available Wonder Woman perhaps while under the influence of  magical parasitic lesser gods who feed off loneliness and grief of the living–five years after they met.  One of their kisses showed up in Superman 14 beside Clark and Lois arguing.  (Bangs around closet looking for puke buckets and anger meds)  That’s the bad news which fans will be uncomfortably enduring over the next few months.

Now for some good news (or speculation).  Clark Kent/Superman thinks Lois Lane is the most amazing woman he has ever met.  Just think about that.  (It brings up a whole plethora of questions about what’s wrong with this Clark Kent that he hasn’t made a move in five years — but that’s another subject altogether.)

What we may be seeing here is Lois is always Lois.  She may be the only character in the new 52 Superman story we can hold onto with any kind of secure familiarity.  She will also be an inspiration to Clark, as she has been for many years.

According to Scott Lobdell, Lois has dropped everything (her boyfriend and soon-to-be-invaded apartment) to speak to Clark about his leaving the Daily Planet.  Clark vs boyfriend moving in — she goes for Clark.  Promising!  The conversation that ensues shows these two don’t want to lose each other.  Lois wants Clark to return to the Daily Planet despite his aversion to Morgan Edge and Clark doesn’t want her to go to the next level with Jonathan.  But of course, they get interrupted.  *sigh*

Will we see how or why these two remain best friends (or more) — despite more crossovers, the fauxmance, and DC execs misconceptions of the characters in the Superman mythology?   Time will tell.  Hopefully we will see the fog parting by the time the 75th anniversary of Clark Kent/Lois Lane/Superman in the Spring and Scott Snyder’s yet-unnamed third Superman book.

If Clark/Superman is the one to open Pandora’s box to release hope into the universe — because he has the strongest heart.  We Lois fans know it is because Lois Lane will have inspired him, opened his heart, and given him hope.  That’s our desire for the Man of Steel.  For him to become Superman and save the universe and inspire us.

In March, Andy Diggle will be taking over the Action Comics duties and has expressed how excited he is about writing Lois Lane.  We know that creators work under editors and editorial mandates — we’re anxious to see what this new writer will do with our beloved characters.

Take heart!  Clark Kent/Superman realizes Lois Lane is the most AMAZING woman he has ever met.

WHY A BLACK LOIS MATTERS

by Natasha Townsel

 I am a huge Superman fan. No, let’s get something clear: I am a HUGE Superman fan. I collect comics, memorabilia, DVDs of now-defunct Superman TV series, and any and all Superman movies, both live action and animated. I love Clark Kent because of who he is, not because of what he can do. The fact that Clark possesses all those powers, yet remains an incredibly humble man from the Midwest who just wants to do the best he can to help moves me deeply. I love that his entire purpose is for us as humans to use the abilities that we were born with to benefit humanity. The ultimate theme of this character is hope, not revenge, fear, or hubris. Clark believes the best in humans because he was raised by two of humanity’s best representatives.He believes in second chances (and third and fourth) and that there is good in everyone. He believes that all life is precious and will do everything he can to preserve it. Superman is the ideal representation of humanity and inspires us to be our best possible selves.

It’s not invulnerability or flight or heat vision or super speed that makes him the World’s Greatest Hero. It’s that Superman refuses to despair. He is a testament to the opposite, in fact. Superman is hope.” (Adventures of Superman #640)

When a man like this falls in love with a loud, abrasive, ambitious, and yet fearless, intelligent, feisty, and caring human woman like Lois Lane, it sends a powerful message to not only the women reading this book, but also the men. It combats the message that women have to stand down, shut up, and hide their ambition to be worthy of passionate love with a strong man. Lois is all of those adjectives and even more, and she is the way she is not only because she was raised as an Army brat and had to be tough as nails growing up in that world, but also because she is a woman in a field dominated by men and she had to prove that she was, not just as good as her colleagues, but better. Lois will throw herself into a potentially dangerous story (and did so long before Superman showed up in Metropolis), and the kicker is that she wasn’t just doing it for the story. She does it because she believes, wholeheartedly, in the right for the public to know the truth, she believes in justice, she believes in leaving no wo/man behind, and she is willing to die to make sure of that.

Recently, Grant Morrison reintroduced the public to Earth 23 in Action Comics v2 #9. I was excited about this book. This is an Earth inhabited by Black superheroes. Superman is a Black man who is also the President of the United States and his name is Calvin Ellis. There is a Black Wonder Woman (named Nubia) and a Black Batman; however, a Black Lois equivalent is nowhere to be found. In fact, when Lois does show up, she’s a white Lois from another Earth entirely.

Why is there no Black Lois equivalent on Earth 23? And what would have been so hard about making the alt-Earth Lois that does show up a woman of color? The truth is I don’t think Grant Morrison did this on purpose. I think he unconsciously assumed that every other Earth had a white!Lois and that he did not intentionally mean to erase the possibility of the human perspective in the Superman mythos as coming from a Black woman. But his unconscious default button is a problem in and of itself because it’s the definition of white privilege. This was an opportunity to show a powerful bond between a Black man and a Black woman in an iconic setting—and he missed it.

The reason I’m making a big deal of this is not JUST because I am a woman of color (particularly a Black woman and one who has not made it a secret just how much the Superman narrative means to me), but because of everything that I said above about Lois Lane and what she represents in the Superman mythos. Because Lois is the human perspective in his story, and more importantly is what she represents to Superman. (And no matter how hard they try, this is something the new 52 cannot kill. The love story of Lois Lane and Superman is immortal and inevitable.)

Within the Superman narrative, Lois Lane represents the best of humanity and everything Superman loves about humans. Where Lex Luthor is the worst of what humanity has to offer with his arrogance, his avarice, his corruptness, and insistence on believing the worst in people…Lois is the spirit of humanity. She is incredibly flawed, just as we all are flawed, with her brashness and lack of verbal filter. But she’s also incredibly loyal and has a vulnerability that she hides behind a ten-foot wall that only a Superman could break down. She is a fighter to the point of getting in over her head, but she does it to fight for truth and justice the same as Superman does…only she does it without powers. She is his equal because she shares his ideology and is willing to die for it. Dean Trippe, the creator of Lois Lane: Girl Reporter (the best comic book that was shamefully never published) said it best: “the love story of Superman and Lois Lane is that of an incorruptible power meeting a fearless mortal.” Lois will risk her own life and not just for the story, but for everything that makes the Fourth Estate worth anything: freedom of speech, the press, and the right to information. Nothing is more important to her than the truth and the public’s right to it. She is the strength and integrity of humanity, and she is everything Superman believes human beings can be. And this is stated IN CANON over and over again and throughout media. Just as Superman is the symbol of Hope for the world, Lois Lane is Superman’s Hope. She is his anchor to this world and to humanity.

Now imagine if all of that was represented in a Black woman. It would mean that for (possibly) the first time, a Black woman was the center of a mainstream narrative as more than just the bitch/mammy/best friend/sexpot/token Negro. It means a Black woman would be the center of a mainstream comic book narrative where she is characterized as having integrity, strength, and sexiness without it being at the expense of her femininity or desirability. It would mean a Black woman would be the symbol of Hope for one of the most powerful characters ever created. She would for once be an example of everything good about humanity, a character who is worth fighting for, and who is worthy of the erotic love of a godlike figure that has married/will marry her again and again. She would be a Black woman who can save herself, but is nevertheless worth saving.

And then that mainstream narrative will be read by a mainstream audience that would see this Black woman represented in this way, and who knows, it might actually be a stepping stone to the creation of more Black female characters that also dominate a narrative, have agency and three dimensional characterizations. It hurt me deeply that Grant Morrison and DC Comics missed this opportunity to showcase a Black Lois Lane on an Earth inhabited by Black superheroes and where Superman was a Black man. It seemed clear that the issue understood the power of making Superman a Black man on Earth 23. But they lost the feminist perspective from the point of view of a Black woman and blew a huge opportunity. It’s possible they weren’t aware of what it would have meant to see a Black Lois Lane share that special iconic connection with a Black Superman. I’m not even sure they understand what Lois means to Superman’s narrative or to people PERIOD. So I’m telling them now; I’m raising my voice. And if you don’t think Lois’ skin color is a big deal in this book, then you might need to examine your privilege.

Natasha is also an artist/creator and some of her work can be found at http://natashatownselart.tumblr.com Specifically, Natasha is the author of an all ages Superman book, personally designed as a gift for the children in her family, to demonstrate that Clark Kent/Superman’s story of love and compassion is an inspiration to people everywhere. She recently presented her children’s book to comic book legend George Perez at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

DC COMICS TURNS JUSTICE LEAGUE INTO WANKER FARE

Couldn’t fanboys just steal Playboy like the generations before them?

The picture above is from a Superman v2 comic book series called For Tomorrow with Jim Lee as artist.  It is from issue #212 published in late 2004.  This is Superman with his wife, Lois Lane.  Now Lee is telling EW.com that his inspiration for  Justice League #12 cover (written by Geoff Johns) is from  Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square photograph.  I call BULLSHIT!

Last year Superman fans were bemoaning the disintegration of the Kent marriage for the new 52.  Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, stated at that time “once we got rid of the marital detail stories started to flow.”   Since that time he has stated that it was always about the triangle for two meaning Superman/Lois/Clark.  Again, I call BULLSHIT!  Basically Lee has replaced Lois Lane with Wonder Woman on the JL12 cover.

Also last year Dan Didio tried to retro Superman’s real life historical timeline by saying the marriage was the result of the Lois and Clark: New Adventures of Superman television show.   Again, BULLSHIT!  Anyone with a computer can Google the REAL facts.

Why so much bullshit?  Because it seems that’s what the big wigs at DC are throwing against the wall to see what sticks.

This year DC Comics has another surprise for Superman fans.  He’s going to be in a status quo relationship with Wonder Woman after what was called in the EW.com interview with Johns and Lee as  flirty foreshadowing.  BULLSHIT!  Unless ‘she’s strong’ and ‘Diana!’ are come ons, then there was no flirting or foreshadowing.  Which is why Lee and Johns waited one week before the book’s release for the ‘controversial’ exclusive.  LIGHTSWITCH BULLSHIT!

My apologies in advance to my male reading cohorts who actually like Superman and his supporting cast and his soulmate, Lois Lane.  This is no way directed towards you.

DC Comics has decided (with very dicey survey results) that their target audience is males 14 to 34 years old. So this may be what they are going after — characters and icon fans be damned.

“The creative team believes the heroes are right for each other. She’s a mythic Amazonian warrior; he’s a veritable demigod. Both have huge hearts for mankind, yet also feel estranged from humanity. Relationships with civilians are tricky for caped crusaders, even liabilities. Usually, they choose to mask their full, true identities and hide their secret, high-risk do-gooding from their lovers to protect them. At least together, Superman and Wonder Woman can be themselves. Oh, and they’re also ridiculously good looking, too.”  — ew.com interview August 22nd, 2012

This is wrong on so many levels.  First off, you get things like this said:

“Superman has found a cervix hardy enough to withstand his ballistic Kryptonian seed. In next week’s issue of Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman will officially become the DC Universe’s new power couple. Commence the atmospheric diddling!” — io9.com Superman and Wonder Woman Are Officially Doing It.

This is what DC Comics has reduced two of its greatest icons to . . . wank material.  No backstory.  No heartfelt emotions.  Just power sex.  Which might be great for Superman (it really destroys his character) but Wonder Woman will be considered ‘the other woman’  because ask anyone on the street or on the internet — Who is Superman’s girlfriend?  They’ll tell you, LOIS LANE.   And readers know Lois is much more than that.

Humans are considered lesser beings by this powerful couple and DC execs.  But isn’t it humans that buy comic books?  Shouldn’t DC keep the human components involved in their iconic histories for readers to relate to?  No?  Let’s just have power sex.  Wank.

Geoff Johns and Jim Lee later tweeted a link to a Good Morning America clip announcing EW’s exclusive.  Guess what happened?  All around the table who heard the news that Superman is dumping Lois (untrue story wise) said, “NO!”  “I won’t accept that.”  With the additional fact from the JL writers that Wonder Woman has been chasing Superman since 1988.  This is while a photoshopped picture announced Wonder Woman as Superman’s sidekick. Again, BULLSHIT.  Let’s have power sex.

So Wonder Woman is getting trashed for being a homewrecker since most people know the TRUE iconic couple (since 1938) and this places Diana in a bad light.  And sidekick?  Really?  Wonder Woman is far from being a sidekick.  Not good for getting new readers.  It’s publicity, but bad publicity and destroys her character for no reason but to have her and Superman have power sex.  Wankers!

Lois is seen as being dumped.  Actually in the new 52, Lois has been put behind a desk and has a placement within the Daily Planet on the par of Perry White.  She is NOT Clark’s boss even though DC execs have stated she was.  George Perez was originally handpicked by Dan Didio to write the Supes Wondy scenario since he did it previously in 1980s.  It lasted 2 issues back then and Superman and Wonder Woman decided to be friends.  DC apparently put that idea on hold and micromanaged, veteran writer and artist, Perez til he quit the book.  Now Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are going to portray this relationship as THE POWER COUPLE.  But I have a sneaking suspicion that Diana is going to be the Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) of the Justice League.  Again, horrible for her character.  It would show manipulation through sex.  And that’s how we get the Trinity War next summer, boys and girls.

Clark Kent, remember that guy?  Again the human component is being abandoned.  This time for power sex.  Why have a dual identity when you can have power sex with Wonder Woman?  DC Comics has not written much about Clark since before World of New Krypton (WONK) and Grounded.  He’s the alien raised by loving humans which DC seems to detest.  Another character destroyed.

Also amongst all this bullshit is a incoherent timeline for the new 52.  Action Comics written by Grant Morrison was to take place six months before Justice League.  In Action #12, Superman ‘dreams’ of marrying Lois Lane and wishes it were true.  This story is still in the past.  Justice League started 5 years prior to Superman book and came to the present in issue #7.   Superman book started in the present and had Superman and Clark wishing he was with Lois.  So what is up with the new 52 Superman?  What is his story?  Does he love Lois Lane while screwing Wonder Woman?  Really?  How does that give him any credibility?

By the way, the Superman book will be on its third set of creators next month.  The politics behind the books are wreaking havoc.  Matt Idelson, editor over Superman Group books, stated that Clark and Lois weren’t inevitable.  That they wouldn’t happen on his watch.  In Superman #12 Matt Idelson is not listed as editor.  It seems the DC comic book factory is breaking down — and I don’t use that analogy loosely.

So if you want to enjoy the REAL Superman, read Smallville Season 11 by Bryan Q. Miller.  It’s a digital first comic based on the tv series.  Not in the new 52 and Clark and Lois are together — literally in digital issue #13.  Go to OSCK.wordpress.com to see how to buy and download those for 99 cents.  Or you can get 4 print issues (at this writing) for $3.99 each at a comic book store (web or local).  Put it on your pull list. Batman is arriving in Smallville.  It’s the only place World’s Finest fans will get their Superman Batman fix.

Don’t buy Justice League while this bullshit is going on.  It seems DC Comics is hellbent on destroying Superman and now Wonder Woman.  Batman has umpteen books.  Don’t support bad behavior.

Another great Superman book is Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar and Franco. It’s a print first comic and also available as a digital.  Not in the new 52.  You’ll really enjoy reading this as will your kids.

Clark Kent, we miss you in the new 52.

Lois, we love you.  Keep on being headstrong, smart, intuitive and searching for truth and justice.  You inspire us and a super man by being the best of humanity.

Vote for Saving Hope as Favorite Summer Series

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The Entertainment Hotline is running a poll where you can vote for your favorite summer series – Saving Hope starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks is nominated. There are 3 episodes left – vote now for this drama starring one of our favorite Lois Lanes!