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Week of Cool Superman Comic Book Moments – The Woman Who Would Be Superman’s Wife

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All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Superman Comic Book Moments (all from the 75 Greatest Superman Stories of All-Time). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

We continue the list with the bittersweet introduction of Lori Lemaris…

1959’s Superman #129’s “The Girl in Superman’s Past” was written by Bill Finger with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye. It opens with Clark taking Lois to a football game at his alma mater, Metropolis University. While there, he reminiscences to his time in college where he met the first woman he was willing to marry…




I love how intense Clark is about the romance. At this point in Superman’s history, we had been so trained to expect him to be so staid, so formal, it was great to see the 1959-1961 really bring out a new side of Superman, a side that really emoted.

So he actually PROPOSES to her, but things don’t go as planned…


He arrives at her place just in time to A. realize she is a mermaid and B. see the state dam burst, leading to massive flooding…



Then that beautifully executed farewell kiss by Wayne Boring…


Damn, that was a great, heartfelt story. I remember reading it as a kid and really being taken aback at how Superman behaved in this issue. It was so unusual to see him being so passionate.