Men are from Krypton and women are from Earth.
That’s been true since the days of Action Comics #1
(June, 1938, by Jerry Siegel
and Joe Shuster
when Superman (Clark Kent) and Lois Lane first met as newspaper
reporters. These two were just fated to get together, weren’t they?
But, when did the weddings start?
Action Comics #206
(July, 1955) is when “Superman Marries Lois Lane”…in an issue drawn by Wayne Boring,
where Superman did indeed marry Lois, and there were criminals trying
to blow up the wedding cake…with Clark Kent as the best man?
What's going on here?
Sometimes, life is but a dream...
…but, there would be more attempts at a
marriage for this duo during the course of the Silver Age coming up in
the future (but, sadly, this tale has yet to be reprinted...)!
Truth in Advertising
A few other get-togethers were attempted over the next few years, but the oddest was Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #15
(February, 1960, by Otto Binder
and Kurt Schaffenberger
There was indeed a marriage in the issue, and it’s not a hoax, not a dream or done by robots!
The cover truly says it all…except what happened inside! This story is also reprinted in Superman #207
, and in Showcase Presents: Superman Family Volume #3
, so you can find out the trick used if you so desire (pretty sneaky, really!).
This is a Silver Age
Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #37
(November, 1962, by Leo Dorfman
and Kurt Schaffenberger
gives us (and the happy couple) a solution…where Lois ends up marrying
Lois and Clark were indeed at a wedding to each other in this
one, but sadly, it didn’t hold up, though at some point, you have to
figure that the Silver Age Lois and Clark do get together in matrimonial
bliss (as the Legion of Super-Heroes and other future tales promise
“Lois Lane’s Wedding Day” was reprinted in Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #86
if you are interested in the full story....
A Golden Opportunity
In Action Comics #484
(June 1978 by Cary Bates
and Curt Swan
, with a cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez)
Lois and Superman are getting married in “Superman Takes A Wife”…right
on the cover…but, is that the Daily Star? Where’s the Daily Planet?
Why is Superman’s Fortress of Solitude in the Metropolis mountains and
not by the North Pole? Why did the couple face the Wizard, a foe of the
Justice Society of America? Yes, it was the original Golden Age Clark
Kent and Lois Lane who got married…once Superman was out of the
triangle. This allowed Clark Kent to be the hero who shaped the future
(and beat Colonel Future…the foe of the issue; with a little later
assist from Superman).
Mr. and Mrs. Superman even had further adventures set in the 1950s, in Superman #327
, and issues of Superman Family
before the Crisis on Infinite Earths
took that Superman and Lois away for a time. The tales of a married Superman and Lois have yet to be collected, but Action Comics #484
was reprinted in Superman in the Seventies TPB
and in DC Retroactive: Superman – the 70s #1
More Modern Times
That Crisis gave us a new Superman and Lois Lane with Man of Steel #1
(October, 1986 by John Byrne
they grew together over time. Lois realized she couldn’t have
Superman, but came to love Clark Kent…and the two even got engaged, and
then married in Superman: The Wedding Album
(December, 1996 by Dan
Jurgens, Karl Kesel, David Micheline, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern,
John Byrne, Terry Austin, Kerry Gammill, Murphy Anderson, Gil Kane, Bob
McLeod, Stuart Immonen, Jose Marzan Jr., Paul Ryan, Brett Breeding, Jon
Bogdavone, Dennis Janke, Kieron Dwyer, Doug Hazelwood, Tom Grummett,
Denis Rodier, Dick Giordano, Art Thibert, Jim Mooney, George Perez, Curt
Swan, Jackson Guice, Nick Cardy, Al Plastino, Barry Kitson, Ray
McCarthy, Ron Frenz, Joe Rubinstein
and Jerry Ordway
, quite the all-star list of Superman creators!). This wedding was to last forever (and was collected in Superman: The Wedding and Beyond TPB
)…or at least until Flashpoint
rewrote DC history again…making Lois and Clark’s relationship less perfect…
But, as Lois once said to Clark: “Perfection’s a hard thing to get
your hands on…I promise that I will always have your back as you will
have mine. You’re my best friend, you’re my home, and you are my true
love, and I am yours and will be forever.”
And, Clark to Lois: “When I’ve been lost, you’ve always been there to
bring me back…. You’ve always believed in me, and I believe in you.
And when you believe in someone, it’s not just for a minute, or just for
now, it’s forever.”
(The above lines from Lois and Clark’s near wedding in the season finale of Smallville
TV series with Erica Durance
and Tom Welling
It was the Lois and Clark
TV series deciding to marry the duo that prompted DC to marry them in the comic at that time….(with Teri Hatcher
and Dean Cain
May all your weddings be this happy (and free of kryptonite!).
Hello Dave, I find your blog about Superman and Lois interesting as I am a Marriage Counselor in San Diego. I want to write about the challenges of relationships, even with these two people. Am I able to use your photos? Or where can I purchase. Please advise. Thank you for your writings.ReplyDelete
These photos are from the TV shows (Lois and Clark, Smallville) produced by Warner Brothers, and the comics are owned by DC Comics (which is owned by Warner Brothers). I found this on Warner Brothers site https://www.warnerbros.com/studio/services/clip-and-still-licensing I use them as per "free use" laws, and have no formal association with Warner or DC (just a fan), but your use might require legal clearances. Lois and Clark are a great couple (Jerry Siegel, one of Superman's creators, based Lois off of the lady who became his wife!). Good luck with the book!ReplyDelete