Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #95

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #95 (On Sale: July 8, 1969) has a strange cover supposedly by Curt Swan and Neal Adams. I'm not sure I see Adams in these inks and if so, it is another example of where DC had someone else go over Neal's Superman face. If there are some Neal Adams' inks on this it is the last Lois Lane cover that Neal would work on.

We begin with "Lois Lane's Super-Brain" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #27, which is drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. Lois Lane’s head grows to enormous size when she subjects herself to Professor Holt’s brain bank. The knowledge of famous scientists is transferred to her mind for a week, but her huge bald head is embarrassing. She attempts to cover her disfigurement throughout the week. Only her sister Lucy knows the truth. Her greatest fear is that Superman will see her like this. Fortunately only Bizarro sees her, but he falls in love with her because of it. When her head returns to normal, Bizarro becomes disenchanted with her "ugliness".

Next is "The Superwoman of Metropolis" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #8 written by Alvin Schwartz and also drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. Superman gives Lois Lane temporary super powers for her birthday. She decides to keep her identity a secret, so she wears a blonde wig as Superwoman. Clark Kent tries to prove that Lois is the new Superwoman which makes it difficult for her to preform her duties.

After successfully protecting her identity several times, she eventually has to reveal herself in order to make a rescue. However, her powers have worn off. Clark secretly makes the rescue, and thinks it’s funny that Lois pretended to be Superwoman. Lois now understands how much of a pest she is to Superman.

That is followed by "Lois Lane, Slave Girl" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #33 also drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. Lois is transported back in time by some crooks to prevent her from testifying against them. Lois winds up in ancient Rome where she is auctioned off as a slave to Crassus, a cruel master. Lois is rescued along with some other slaves by Petronius, an ex-gladiator. Petronius is betrayed by one of the slaves, Julia. Lois tries to rescue him, but learns that he already free because he is really Crassus. He uses the disguise to cover his liberation of prisoners. Petronius proposes to Lois, but she is returned to the present in time to testify.

Next is "The Widow in Black" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #32 also drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. Lois is upset that Perry White will not let her cover any dangerous assignments. When she complains Perry assigns her to locate the Playboy Poisoner, a con man that poisons widows and steals their valuables.

Lois attracts the attention of the Poisoner at a hotel and tries to gather evidence against him while avoiding getting poisoned. Eventually the Poisoner catches on and ties up Lois. He threatens to blow her up, but Lois has discovered that the Poisoner is really Perry White. Perry tried to trick Lois to teach her a lesson, but the girl reporter has seen through the scheme, forcing Perry to give in and give her tougher assignments.

That is followed by "The Madam Jekyll of Metropolis" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #36 also drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. While explaining the properties of Red Kryptonite to her fan club, Lois Lane struck with a neutron beam of energy which is focused through the Kryptonite. Later that day Lois begins to exhibit a Jekyll and Hyde personality. Her friends try to help, but Lois gets out of control. Finally, they trick her into getting exposed to another piece of Red Kryptonite which once turned a Phantom Zone villain good. The effect cures Lois of her evil ways.

We end with "Lois Lane, Hag" from Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #40 once again drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger. Lois Lane investigates a doctor who claims to have invented a youth serum. Lois is knocked out during her attempt to prove the doctor a fraud. She dreams that she has grown old and ugly, until Perry White revives her. The doctor’s scheme is then exposed, and Superman arrives to arrest him.

Edited by E. Nelson Bridwell.


Anonymous said...

Looks more like Dick Giordano on the inks.

Steven said...

So I asked some of the art spotters on the GCD, and yes Neal Adams inks is correct. With some corrections on the inking by unknown. And if you dont believe the GCD art spotters, Neal Adams' official website says he inked it.
Definitely NOT Giordano, as Weisinger never worked with him (that I'm aware of). Not sure if corrections would have been by the production department or by someone paid by Weisinger department.