What do you get when you cross a romance comic with a superhero comic?
Superman’s girl friend Lois Lane is a comic that I guess ran for over 10 years as this issue 136. From the cover you can see that in this issue, Lois is in danger of losing Superman to Wonder Woman. In the second and third panel of the book, you can see why he might look elsewhere.
In two seconds she goes from “Not now!” to save me for the hundredth time. Coincidentally, what Superman wanted to share was that he and Lois are over and he’s with Wonder Woman now. You know how it is, baby. Playas gotta play. Lois goes through some of the stages of grief. I think. (I’m not really sure what they are.) First she can’t believe it. Then she cries and tells Superman she never wants to see him again. And then she uses a race car driver and basic adventurer to fulfill her romantic needs. But after dating Superman, even this guy is pretty bland. Finally she decides that Superman’s new romance is some kind of secret plan. So she creeps on the super lovers with zoom lenses and zoom microphones, and it appears that their love is real.
One day, while the new super couple are romancing in the sky, Superman leaves to to save a plane miles away, and Wonder Woman is attacked by three dudes on flying machines. She makes quick work of capturing two of them. The third escapes back to his master who has set up a hideout in an underground lair. After he reports his failure to his master, a mysterious figure in a robe and hood, he is launched into the sky which of course kills him.
Make me rethink riding the detonator at Worlds of Fun. Also, isn’t Wonder Woman’s lasso there to make such snipers talk. How do these superheros so easily forget what their gadgets are for. Anyway, as Lois continues to creep on Superman and Wonder Woman, she is hit on the head and kidnapped by the mysterious figure. When she wakes up, the mystery figure reveals that a lie detector test has been administered to Lois, and the kidnapper now knows for sure that Lois is indeed no longer dating the man of steel. This of course saves Lois’s life because the mystery villain is . . . dah, dah DAH! . . . some crazy woman who has recently escaped from the mental hospital and who has the warmies for Super Man. Crazy goes off to kill Wonder Woman. Lois escapes from the hideout with the help of her friend Melba.
Let’s be real. We could all use a sister’s help along the way. Wonder Woman sure could, as Lois and Melba arrive just in time to tackle the crazy woman and remove a poison necklace from the amazon. And in the last panel Lois and Super Man smooch.
This was kind of a fun and stupid story. It was never explained how an escaped mental patient was able to afford an underground lair, three henchmen, and futuristic flying machines. But you know what they say about a woman scorned. What made the story fun was the romance story/superhero mashup. We tend to ignore dumb superhero tropes because we’re used to them. Same with dumb romance tropes. But when the stories are put together, the silliness becomes more obvious. And with so much dumb, I can let it go and just enjoy it for what it is. The film Warm Bodies worked for me the same way, combining romance with zombies. So I enjoyed this issue of Lois Lane, the only one I have.
Finally, while not a regular reader of romance comics, I was intrigued by this ad for Young Romance.
Because, you know, lesbians love to paint.