Thursday, January 10, 2019

Episode #385 Part V: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated August 1965: Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #59!

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane 59, August 1965!

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SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE 59, August 1965, was published on June 24, 1965. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. It featured the issue's second of three stories.

- (8:48) MY PULL LIST featuring the comic books cover dated January 2019 which were released during the month of November 2018.

- (18:51) LOIS LANE'S SUPER-PERFECT CRIME (8 pgs.), written by Jerry Siegel, drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger and lettered by Vivian Berg. This was Siegel's 93rd silver age Superman Family story, and his 147th overall for the era.

- (35:00) LETTERS TO LOIS column.

- (38:36) LOIS LANE'S ROMANCE WITH LOIS LANE (8 pgs.), featured on the cover, was written by Otto Binder, drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger and lettered by Milt Snappin. This story was reprinted in SUPERMAN: PAST AND FUTURE.

- (57:08) SUPERMAN AND BATMAN'S JOKE ON LOIS LANE (9 pgs.), writer unknown, was pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein.

- (1:16:02) Elsewhere in DC Comics, 32 titles carried the August or August/September 1965 cover date, according to Mike's Amazing World Of Comics.


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  1. Boy, Lois really comes off in a very bad light in the first two stories in this issue. In "Lois Lane's Super-Perfect Crime", I agree with you that she should have been facing some serious charges, regardless of the influence of the invulnerability serum. Also, if I'd been told to drink a glass of milk each day to avoid bad side effects, I think I'd drink it the first thing in the morning, with breakfast, so I wouldn't forget it. When Lois put on a red wig to disguise herself as Lana, I wouldn't think that would have been enough to fool Superman. Of course, since all these things took place in Lois' hallucination, we really can't subject them to too much scrutiny.
    In "Lois Lane's Romance With Jor-El", there are problems we can't really ignore. Lois really didn't think things through when she decided to set her matrimonial sights of Jor-El, as you pointed out. She'd have been Superman's mother, which would be weird, and, of course, she'd die in the destruction of Krypton, and, even if her original plan had succeeded, and she'd been able to return to Earth in the time machine after preventing Krypton's destruction, there would never have been a Superman for her to meet. Also, in a minor point, when she tried to sabotage Lara at the beauty salon by pushing the button to color Lara's hair green, she never even considered that, if that was a standard option on the beauty chair, maybe green hair was fashionable at that time on Krypton. Finally, hasn't Lois been in the bottle city of Kandor before this? If so, I'd think she might have recognized some landmarks when seeing the city on Krypton, even if no one mentioned the name of the city. In any case, both Lois and Jor-El don't come out of this one looking very good, for their treatment of Lara. (Don't mess with Superman's Mom!)
    "Superman and Batman's Joke on Lois Lane", on the other hand, doesn't really make anyone look good. Lois is the stereotypical "snoopy Lois", trying to uncover Superman's secret identity and marry him, and Superman and Batman seem to enjoy thwarting Lois' plan way too much.

    1. You make a good point about Lois' previous visits to Kandor. I'd forgotten about those stories. In the final story, it seemed that Batman and Superman enjoyed playing a prank on Lois a bit too much.

  2. I think the writers and editors had a really poor opinion of Lois. As Halk-Kar said, she comes off really bad this issue. Ditzy. Needy. Jealous. Mean-spirited. Air-Headed. She's like the comic book version of Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy, always getting entangled in some "crazy scheme". If I were a female reader in 1965, I'd be giving the editors a piece of my mind. A lot of women probably did, they just didn't print those letters. None of the female characters in the entire issue are presented in a positive light. It is fitting that you gave two of the stories a zero and one a "C". Well, maybe the next issue will be a winner! Keep up the good work and happy new year!

    1. Thank you, and may you have a great year. What's most disturbing about the way that women were portrayed in these stories is that it was probably the way the DC staff at the time thought about women. It sheds a little bit of light on why women today are becoming less tolerant of sexism and chauvinism.