Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #85

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #85 (On Sale: June 25, 1968) has pretty cool cover by Neal Adams.

We begin with "When Lois Was More Super Than Superman" by Leo Dorfman, Irv Novick and Mike Esposito. Lois joins three other women who are invited to visit Kandor as part of a cultural exchange program. Lois is knocked unconscious by some Kandorian protesters who are angry that Superman has not spent more time trying to restore the city to normal size. Lois is revived by Dr. Cor-Lar, a Kandorian scientist who gives Lois a super-serum which grants her temporary super-powers.

Lois uses her new powers in Kandor and protects ski jumper Karen Varley from an accident. When the powers begin to wear off, she has withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Cor-Lar offers her more serum, but forces Lois to sign a contract in which Lois promises to do a job for the doctor.

Lois then returns to Earth and protects Superman from a Kryptonite trap set by Dr. Ulrich. When Superman sees that Lois has super-powers, he proposes to her. However, Lois's powers begin to wear off again, leaving her under the control of Dr. Cor-Lar.

The back-up is "Lois Lane's Childhood," a reprint from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #26 drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. When Lois Lane was a child, she was just as curious as she would be as an adult. Her curiosity got her into many dangerous situations including wandering into the woods one day as a baby. Fortunately for Lois, baby Kal-El left a rattle toy in an experimental rocket belonging to his father Jor-El. When the rocket was sent into space, it found it’s way to Earth. The toy saved Lois from a rattlesnake before becoming lost in quicksand.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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