Saturday, May 29, 2010

I know you're afraid of commitment but you don't have to be a baby about it.

The Romance of Superbaby and Baby Lois!
Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane
DC Comics
Story by Leo Dorfman
Art by Kurt Schaffenberger
Number 42


Okay, so I couldn't help myself. I'm sure this is at the top of the list for all Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane fans. It is just a terribly fun story that is beautifully illustrated. And hey, any story that combines a brain shock, blackmail and a pissed off baby Lois Lane is bound to be good.

So, the way I see it Lois Lane is a catch. She is bright, a successful reporter and beautiful. I mean any straight man would count themselves lucky to hook up with that. Hey, I'm not accusing, I'm just making an observation.

Anyway, in The Romance of Superbaby and Baby Lois! we get to watch as Superman does everything possible to avoid tying the knot. I mean everything except running away, because that would be breaking his "solemn promise".

Oh, make sure to check out the laughing Superman on page 6, panel 4. What a douche.

I think I want the line "Meanwhile, without her realizing it, Amy has already changed into a ruthless female." on my tombstone.


  1. In all my years as a Silver Age Superman fan, I thought I'd already seen the most demented stories that era had to offer. This post has proved me horribly wrong!

    Still, some of the art is amazing. The expressiveness of Schaffenberger's faces has probably never been matched.

  2. I like how as Lois gets younger her hair, more or less, goes back in time to the longer 'do' she had in the 1940s.

    Talking of hair - I spotted a colouring boo-boo. Jimmy and Lana are pushing those strollers. They've coloured Lana's hair blonde - did they think it was Lucy?

  3. I am actually super impressed that Lois had the foresight to stuff her camera into a led box so he couldn't x-ray it.

  4. Lois Lane was always my favorite Superman Family title back in the day, and Jimmy Olsen wasn't too far behind. Schaffenberger really rules!

  5. RAB: Wow, it is hard to believe you have never read this. I was worried when I posted it that it was one of those stories that everyone would have seen a million times but I just couldn't help myself. It is just such a great one.

    Dandy: I may have to go back and reread it, but I assumed it was Lucy pushing the stroller. Wouldn't Lana do everything she could to stop the wedding? Seems like Lucy would more likely be the maid of honor.

    Also, last time Lois was a baby, Lana was sitting on the couch trying to make her move on Superman.

    Kevin: What I can never understand is how in the silver age every superhero seems to go out of their way to let everyone know their weaknesses. I doubt there is a crock in all of Metropolis that does already know about Kryptonite and the Lead thing.

    And it was always like Aquaman couldn't get enough of announcing to the world that he couldn't go more than an hour without getting wet.

    Chuck: It took my husband forever to get me to read Jimmy Olsen. I always though "That irritating photography from the 70's movie? No thanks!". Thank God I did. I'm not sure which I actually enjoy more, Lois or Jimmy.

  6. Trivia: Can you spot Mr and Mrs Kurt Schaffenberger in this story? Hint: They're wedding guests ...

  7. Dandy: They're in there?! That is awesome. Who are they?

  8. Panel 3 of the last page. The Schaffenbergers are seated behind the lady in the yellow hat.

  9. "This is very irregular, but..."

    The favorite plot-hole filler of writers everywhere. :)