Lois and Clark: Married No More!!

 

Single, Orphaned, Alien: Big Changes for DCnU

 SUPERMAN

 

This is the first piece of news I read this morning. For 21 years, I have been reading comics and one of the reasons I started reading comics, especially Superman, was because DC Comics decided after over 50 years after introducing the Clark Kent/ Lois Lane relationship dynamic it was time for Lois and Clark to get engaged.  This interested me because I am a hopeless romantic. 

The first Superman comic I read was Action Comics #660; on the cover it had Lex Luthor laying on the floor with the grim reaper sporting Superman’s symbol looming over him and in the center left of the cover it said: THE DEATH OF LUTHOR!This comic took place immediately after Clark proposed to Lois in Superman #50.  At the time, all of us readers thought that Lex Luthor had died in this issue but he faked his own death in a roundabout way.  It wasn’t the supposed demise of Lex Luthor though that made me want to read what happened next.  For me, it was about what would Lois think when Clark told her he was Superman and how would she react.  Everytime I picked up a Superman comic after that issue it was to see what would happen with the engagement of Lois and Clark.

Even though the wedding of Lois Lane and Clark Kent wouldn’t happen for another six years in 1996, it was originally slated for Superman #75 in 1993, which if you remember was the “death” of Superman.  The creators of the Superman comics were planning on showing the nuptials of Lois and Clark in this issue but plans changed due to the premiere of ABC’s Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  The editors at DC Comics thought it would be too confusing to have Lois and Clark married in the comics when on TV, Lois and Clark were barely an item.

 

The wedding on both Lois and Clark and in the comics finally happened in the fall of 1996.  I was so excited at this development and loved the idea of Lois being in the know when it came to the world of the other heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman.  Some of the best stories I have read in the DC Comics line revolve around Lois interacting with other heroes and she knew them personally.

Now with the news from today that DC Comics is starting over in September with the Superman legend and Lois and Clark are not only not married but not even romantically involved I am starting to wonder if it is even worth it to read the “new” Superman comics especially considering that DC Comics is not giving us Lois and Clark fans a good Lois and Clark story in the current continuity before the sweeping changes go into effect in September.

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Random Rantings About Pop Culture

Just wanted to get few things off my chest that I have found out about so far this week.  First of all, The Hangover 2 has pulled in over $200 million worldwide since it was released on Thursday paving the way for The Hangover 3.  Why do we need a third Hangover movie?!  I have not will not see the first two because I think it’s a waste of film.  From what I read about The Hangover 2 it is just about the same as the first movie. Yet it is number 1 at the box office.  The demographic that sees these movies must be the same as those who watch reality shows like Jackass. 

My next rant is about the news that broke yesterday about DC Comics, publisher of comics such as Superman and Batman, are relaunching 52 titles with issue #1.  After weeks of speculation about DC Comics possibly doing this, USA Today reported this story yesterday causing an uproar among die-hard fans of the publisher.  Co-publisher of DC Comics, Dan Didio, was quoted as saying, “We really want to inject new life in our characters and line.  This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”  That’s fine but what I do have a problem with is if they are going to restart long-running comics, Action Comics and Detective Comics, which will have 904 and 881 issues respectively come August before the relaunch.  Another problem I have with this relaunch is whether it will affect the marriage of Lois Lane and Clark Kent.  This is my biggest concern because ever since the wedding of Lois and Clark happened back in 1996, I have loved the fact that these two iconic characters were married.  I really hope the minds at DC Comics do not retcon the Lois and Clark marriage like Marvel Comics did with Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, which I think to this day was a big mistake.

Smallville Series Finale

Tonight marks the end of an era.  The series finale for Smallville airs tonight and the end of the longest running science-fiction/ superhero show is supposed to be big.  The key to the show’s success has been Clark Kent’s journey to becoming Superman.  I have been a fan of Smallville since day one and I have enjoyed this fresh new take on the Superman legend.