Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.
Today we look at the lead story of Superman #139 from 1960. It was written by Jerry Siegel and drawn by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye. Has Superman become a Super-Merman?!?!
The issue opens with Clark and Lois going on an interview with a rich man who Lois knew back in school (first off, I love how 1970s Clark’s outfit is – you were ahead of your time, Boring!)….
Clark, as he is wont to do, then decides that he knows what is best for Lois, including who she should be in love with.
Things begin to heat up when Lori Lemaris stops by.
Even knowing it is an act to make Lois think he is into Lori, the whole pictures thing is awfully creepy. “Oh yes, thank you Lori, yes, yes, these will do me good on those long, lonely nights in the Fortress of Solitude.”
Anyhow, Lois checks in with Jimmy to see what’s up with Superman. Jimmy shows her a monitor Superman gave him where he can check in on Superman and they see Big Blue visit Lori and her people and…oh man!!!
I love how quickly Jimmy plants the thought in Lois’ head, “Hey, maybe Superman murdered the guy.”
And sure enough, Superman is soon SuperMERman…
You’d figure this would open things up for Brett, right? After all, if a woman is single then she’s obviously willing to marry some guy she hasn’t seen in years, right? Brett agrees with your solid, solid logic and proposes…
Traffic schools will often teach you that the best thing to do when your car goes into a spin is to throw your arms in the air and scream.
Oh, Lois. “He went through an insanely elaborate plan just to get me off of his back, this must mean he wants to marry me!”