Monday, July 12, 2010

Superman's Nosy Neighbors Mabel and Alice

Lois Lane's Super-Risk
Superman Family / Mr. & Mrs. Superman
DC Comics
Cover by Ross Andru
Script by Cary Bates
Art by Kurt Schaffenberger
Number 195

I really think DC Comics missed the boat when they didn't give the splendid characters in today's tale their own comic. I certainly would have read it!

In Lois Lane's Super-Risk, we meet Mabel and Alice, two fashion-forward gossip hounds, most assuredly on their way to hell.

In this "Second Earth" story, while Lois, as expected, is falling off yet another building, gal-pals Mabel and Alice seem more concerned about Lois' possible infidelity then about her pending demise. And who could blame them. If we all had a nickle for every time Loise fell from a building, we'd be sitting pretty.

Far be it for me to say anything negative about Lois but it seems to me that if you spent any real time with her you'd probably stick your fingers in your ears a lot. Clark probably should have made the emergency shut off something less common.

Wow, those lovely ladies are quite endearing aren't they?


  1. I love on the splash page how relatively unconcerned Lois looks, even though she's about a nanosecond away from splattering on the pavement. Superman needs to teach Lois to fish, if I may mix my metaphors.

  2. It's pages like those that makes me wonder why Lois hasn't croaked yet. throwing herself into danger on a constant basis can't be healthy for her.

  3. Rob!: Yes, it is kind of a well this might be inconvenient look. I think she must be terribly brave.

    Auroramoon22: I think Lois has either a surprising amount of self-esteem or thinks the world centers around her. Either way, on Earth 2 the offer of her love must not be shot down on a daily basis

  4. I'm gonna have to go back and buy these issues.

  5. Special thanks to Spectergirl for sharing this story as I don't own many post-1968 Schaffenberger comics - and certainly not this one.

    Certainly not at the peak of his powers or perhaps a little rushed, but his Lois and Clark still very identifiable. I do think the Adkins inks are respectful of his pencils - and better than the awful job Joe Giella did.

    I think those older ladies are supposed to be Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper.

  6. Supposed to be based on Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, I meant! :)

  7. Chuck: They are certainly worth a look!

    Dandy: Glad I could share!

    "Supposed to be based on Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper"

    I must say that I am continually impressed with your wealth of knowledge. Thanks for that tidbit! I'll have to look those two up.

  8. Parsons and Hopper had nothing on Rona Barrett, the Hollywood gossip columnist SO FAMOUS she was parodied in various DC comics of the 70s and on their abysmal Legends of the Superheroes TV special! I wonder if she ever met Lois?

  9. Rob!: Why exactly do you boys all know so much about Hollywood gossip columnist?