Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Silver Age Lois Lane is well known for her strange, often borderline psychotic, behavior. I’ve featured plenty of Lois Lane comics in this feature and I’m sure I will feature plenty more as the years go by. Today, though, we take a look at the time when Lois Lane fell in love with a dude who is actually more messed up than Lois herself.
From Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #3, in a story by Jerry Coleman and Kurt Schaffenberger, while Lois Lane is on the track of a mysterious archer who is pulling Robin Hood tricks (stealing from the rich and giving to the poor) she meets Mark Benton, who is Clark Kent’s double, except that he is dashing where Clark is mild-mannered. Lois, naturally, falls for the guy.
However, Mark acts like he has a secret. Lois, being, you know, an award-winning reporter, is curious…
Don’t you love the low opinion Superman has of Lois’s psyche that he actually feels the need to “fix” the results of the “He loves, He Loves Me Not” routine?
Superman, naturally, stops the arrow. But now Lois is pretty darn convinced that Mark is the mysterious Robin Hood guy.
So when he takes her on a picnic…
What the hell? This dude is a psychopath, Lois!! You’re supposed to feel BAD that your boyfriend is a total nutjob? Dude’s running around in two different disguises because of weird self-esteem issues and YOU’RE the jerk in the relationship? What a complete and utter tool! “You can never tell if people are being nice to you when you’re rich, so I use a disguise” – and then she was nice to you when she didn’t know you were rich, you jerk! Trust is not “never question anything I do, no matter how suspicious.” That’s bullshit. That’s not trust, that’s just overbearing control issues by some nutjob. It makes me mad just reading this, with the implication that if Lois weren’t so damned nosy, she would get the guy of her dreams. She’d be marrying some complete whacko, Jerry Coleman! She is better off that she found out the guy’s issues now and not when they’re married! This is not a sad story, it is a happy one that Lois didn’t end up with this loon!
NOTE: I showed you folks this issue back in 2011, but I never featured it as a I Love Ya But You’re Strange, and it fits too well to not make it into the Strange archives.