The intrepid reporter got her own book 65 years ago…
By PETER BOSCH
On Jan. 14, 1958 — 65 years ago — fans of the Superman comics saw a new title on their newsstand: Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #1. It was to be just the first of her 137-issue series (it followed two tryout issues in Showcase, #9, July-Aug. 1957, and #10, Sept.-Oct. 1957).
The early years of the series had stories written by Jerry Coleman, Robert Bernstein, Otto Binder and other excellent scripters, including Lois Lane’s co-creator, Jerry Siegel. And the art by Curt Swan and Kurt Schaffenberger was extraordinary and entertaining as Lois often out-scooped Clark Kent, out-fought bad guys, and out-romanced her No. 1 rival and best friend Lana Lang.
During the latter years of the series, with writer Robert Kanigher taking over with #80 (Jan. 1968), the stories turned more serious and, while change is often good, it wasn’t as magical.
Here are 13 high points of the series –mostly covers and a couple interiors:
— 13 VALENTINE’S COVERS: Lois Lane’s Mad Love. Click here.
— Why MARGOT KIDDER Was the Best LOIS LANE Ever. Click here.
PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Page, has just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.