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DC Comics History: Lois Lane, Girl Reporter


By Deejay Dayton
August 7, 2015 - 10:31

 

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Lois Lane begins her own series, which will run for the next couple of years in the interior pages of this book.  It's kind of impressive, compared to her later and most known series, in that it deals with Lois as a reporter, rather than as Superman's girlfriend.

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Don Cameron and Ed Dobrotka helm the first story, which has Lois sent out by Perry White to cover a jumper on a ledge.  Jimmy Olsen cameos in the first and last panels, though if she had not used his name, his identity would not have been obvious. Heading on to the ledge to talk him down, Lois instead gets frustrated with the man and encourages him to jump.  She then falls off the building herself.

 
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Lois survives the fall by fluke, although she seems to take credit for it, all proud that she succeeded at surviving without Superman's help.

It's not a really auspicious start to her solo series, and does not touch on the sexist attitudes of the men she has to deal with, which will become a strong theme in this strip.

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Lois Lane’s second outing is more impressive than her first.  Cameron and Dobrotka are joined by George Roussos as she is sent out on an assignment she finds humiliating, to write a “household hints” column.  The story introduces an obnoxious loudmouth Planet reporter, Steve Bard.  Clark Kent also gets a cameo in the tale, but does not appear as Superman.

 
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Heading to the bakery, Lois gets suspicious when she sees known criminals going in and out.  When she tries to buy a loaf of bread on the counter, and it is taken away from her, she knows she is on the right track.  A little persistence, and Lois discovers that an illegal lottery is being run through the bakery, with the lottery slips concealed in the bread.

She alerts the police, and turns her “woman’s assignment” into a front page scoop.  That’s how it’s done, Lois!

Lois Lane, Girl Reporter continues in the Late Golden Age.

Lois Lane:  Superman 27 - 28 (May/June  44 - July/Aug 44)


Last Updated: June 29, 2019 - 19:13

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