Thursday, November 03, 2011

80-Page Thursdays: Lois Lane Annual #1!

For the next stretch, as long as I can find them, every Thursday we'll check out an 80-page comic! Not 64, not 100, 80-page giants only! Today, more reprints in Lois Lane Annual #1! Featuring work from Otto Binder, Bill Finger, Kurt Schaffenberger, George Papp, and more; on nine tales to test your tolerance of Silver Age tomfoolery. The stories are convoluted and inventive and sexist and manipulative, but they have their moments.
When Lois worries Superman might not be attracted to her as she ages, she tampers with a scientist's youth experiment, and ends up aging backwards. In another story, the Daily Planet sends Clark and Lois to the Army for a month; Clark as a lowly private, Lois as a power-mad lieutenant.

When her legs are crushed and her lungs collapsed in a diving accident, Aquaman saves Lois, but an experimental operation to save her life turns her into a mermaid. (You would think she would be happy; she knows Superman likes that...) And in the issue's last story, Lois tries to see Superman's future a witch's magic chair. Yeah, that'll go well. And Superdickery aside, only one story this issue really has Superman being, well, a dick to Lois.

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