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Guest Post: Why A Black Lois Lane Matters

“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.” Natasha Townsel This essay was previously published on DC Women Kicking Ass. 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...

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Guest Post: Lois Lane’s Cry For Help

“Silver Age Lois didn’t seem to have any feminist gumption, but her readers may have found a subversive message among her tears.” Tim Hanley and Lori Wozney At first glance, the Silver Age Lois Lane had a lot going for her. She was an ace reporter for the Daily Planet, appeared regularly in various Super-books, and in 1958 she launched her very own series. Unfortunately, that series was called Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane. She didn’t even get top billing on her own book, and the stories consisted of Superman regularly setting up elaborate ruses to teach the impetuous and reckless Lois the error of her ways. Superman’s chastisement often reduced Lois to tears, and she spent most of the Silver Age sobbing. Long gone was the plucky Lois Lane of the Golden Age. Back then, she was a spunky reporter who climbed her way up from the lovelorn column to the front page. During Lois’ first encounter with Superman, the Man of Steel cautioned Lois: “I’d advise you not to print this little episode”, but the very next morning she was at her editor’s desk trying to get the story published. While her progress may have been slow, Lois fought tooth and nail against anyone who tried to keep her down. In comparison, the Silver Age Lois came off as a whimpering pushover, which leads many today to...

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Guest Post: Reflections on Golden & Sliver Age Lois

“Lois Lane had to survive in this man’s world and it’s important to understand the times and attitudes toward women when this story was written.” Maya K. I wasn’t planning on submitting an article for the Lois Lane celebration, because there are so many others better suited for the task. However, after reading this submission, I felt compelled to respond. Though, I’d like to clarify that my intent is not to say I’m “right” and the original poster is “wrong”. In many ways this is a highly subjective conversation, based on our own life experiences which color how we process the media we read. My story? I’ve been reading comics for approximately 44 years. My dad bought me my first comic book when I was five, it was Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane and I was hooked. I grew up reading Bronze Age books which is my childhood reference point. I’m by nature and training an engineer, I always had trouble in English class when asked to pick the “best” answer. What? Who decides what is best? Certainly not me. So if anybody is looking to this article to prove anything other than why I personally disagree with the original poster’s premise, I’m sorry to say that this won’t be a satisfying read! I’ve always felt when I read books or watch movies which were written in a different era...

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Guest Post: Interview with Dan Jurgens

“We tried to portray a Lois who cared about people and their plight,  who was committed to her job and loved it, and saw it as a way to give something to the world.” Mary A Writer and artist Dan Jurgens helped guide some of the most successful Superman narratives of the last 25 years, including the Death and Return of Superman and the Superman Wedding Album. Several of the Superman stories produced under Dan’s influence remain, to this day, some of the best selling comics of all time.   Here, he shares a few of his thoughts with us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Lois Lane. Mary A: In the 80’s and 90’s, the changing idea of what it meant to be a “career woman”, particularly, in male dominant environments, became a huge conversation point in American culture. How do you think this changing cultural landscape impacted Lois Lane during the post-Byrne era of comics? Dan Jurgens: When I first arrived on the Superman books, we spent a lot of time discussing Lois. Who is she? Why does she do what she does? Why is she attracted to that particular job? What drives her? What is her interest in Clark? Superman? What is Superman’s interest in her? We did this because there was a certain feeling out there that Lois had become too “bitchy”. (Their term, not mine.) But that...

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Guest Post: Ultra Woman

The Super-Humanity of Lois & Clark’s Lois Lane  (And Why it’s So Important). Pamela Bodziock When Lois & Clark premiered in 1993, my ten-year-old self was instantly transfixed. Not, mind you, because of Superman (though I quite liked Dean Cain’s Clark Kent – and his super alter-ego). No, my heart belonged to one character and one character alone: Lois Lane. In a show about a super-man, it was Lois who was my hero. Back then, I would have been hard-pressed to explain to you why I so admired her. Sure, there’s plenty to admire in the character: her command, her confidence, her humor, her kick-butt karate skills. Throw in an ace career in journalism and a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee (my dream car for a decade), and you’ve got a character I couldn’t help but admire. Still, looking back on it now, I find myself wondering if it didn’t go deeper than that. What is it about this Lois Lane that makes her so, well, super? While Siegel and Shuster will always be responsible for her creation (with some inspiration from the 30s film character Torchy Blane, ace female reporter), credit must also go to three other individuals who brought Lois so uniquely to life in her Lois & Clark incarnation: comic book creator John Byrne, television writer and producer Deborah Joy LeVine, and actress Teri Hatcher. It was...

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