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Superman's Girfriend Lois Lane

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Lois Lane: Superman's primary love interest, who is traditionally portrayed as being indifferent to Clark, but in love with Superman. Lois is a reporter at The Daily Planet. Through the years Lois has been portrayed at different times as Clark's indifferent co-worker, fierce competitor, friend, love interest or wife. Actresses portraying Lois have included Phyllis Coates, Noel Neill, Lesley Ann Warren, Margot Kidder, Teri Hatcher, Dana Delany, Erica Durance, Kate Bosworth, and Amy Adams.




Lois Lane is a character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, she first appeared in Action Comics #1 (June 1938). Lois is an award-winning journalist and the primary love interest of the superhero, Superman (For fifteen years in DC Comics continuity, she was also his wife). Like Superman's alter ego Clark Kent, she is a reporter for the Metropolis newspaper, the Daily Planet.


Lois Lane's character was created from many influences. Her physical appearance was originally based on Joanne Carter, a model hired by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Joanne Carter would later marry Siegel. The character's personality was based on Torchy Blane, a gutsy, beautiful headline-hunting reporter, portrayed by Glenda Farrell in a series of films from the 1930s. Siegel took her name from Lola Lane, who also played Torchy Blane in one of the films. Lois is also based on real life journalist Nellie Bly.


Depictions of Lois Lane have varied since her character was created in 1938, spanning the 70-year history of Superman comics and other media adaptations. During the Silver Age, she was the star of Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, a comic title that had a light and frivolous tone. However, the original Golden Age version of Lois, as well as versions of her from the 1970s onwards, portrays Lois as a tough-as-nails journalist and intellectual equal to Superman. Although, one thing has remained throughout the character's 70-year history, she has always been the most prominent love interest in Superman's life and is seen by many fans as the archetypical comic book love interest.
She was ranked 78th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

Lois Lane Publication history

Lois Lane made her debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938) in the first published Superman story.[3] Aspects of Lois' personality have varied over the years (depending on the comic writers' handling of the character and American social attitudes toward women at the time), but in most incarnations she has been depicted as a determined, strong-willed person, whether it involves beating her rival reporter Clark Kent to a story or (in what became a trademark of 1950s and 1960s era Superman stories) alternating between elaborate schemes to convince Superman to marry her and proving to others her suspicion that Clark Kent was in reality Superman. She also traditionally had a cool attitude toward Clark, who in her view paled in comparison to his alter ego Superman. At times, the character has been portrayed as a damsel in distress.


Lois's appearance has varied over the years, depending either on contemporary fashion, or media adaptations. For instance, in the mid-1990s, when the television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman began airing, Lois received a haircut that made her look more like actress Teri Hatcher, and her eyes were typically violet to match her character on the animated television series Superman: The Animated Series, after that show began airing. Traditionally, Lois has black hair, though for a period from the late 1980s through the late 1990s, Lois was depicted with reddish brown hair in the comics.


Lois is the daughter of Ellen (alternately Ella) and Sam Lane. In the earlier comics, her parents were farmers in a town called Pittsdale; the modern comics, however, depict Sam as a retired soldier, and Lois as a former "Army brat", born at Ramstein Air Base with Lois having been trained by her father in areas such as hand-to-hand combat and the use of firearms. Lois also has one younger sibling, her sister Lucy Lane.


In most versions of Superman, Lois is shown to be a crack investigative reporter, one of the best in the city and certainly the best at the newspaper she works at. However, despite such brilliance, she has generally been unable to see through Clark's rather primitive disguise of glasses, and figure out that he is Supermanódespite being the character that is most up close and personal with both Superman and Clark Kent. Sometimes (particularly in Silver Age stories) Lois suspects that Clark is Superman, but generally fails to prove it. Sometimes the contradiction is played for humor.


After Clark proposes to Lois, and reveals to her that he is Superman, she accepts and marries him in the December 1996 special Superman: The Wedding Album. She keeps her maiden name for professional purposes.