40 Greatest Lois Lane Stories: #10-7

You all voted, now here, as part of our celebration of Lois Lane and Superman's 80th Anniversary, are the results of what you chose as the 40 Greatest Lois Lane Stories!


10. "With This Ring..." (Superman #168/Detective Comics #756)

This clever crossover between Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness/Cam Smith's Superman and Greg Rucka/Shawn Martinrbough/Steve Mitchell's Detective Comics saw Lois Lane decide to do something about the fact that President Lex Luthor had the kryptonite ring that Superman had entrusted with Batman (after Luthor originally had it) before Luthor got his hands on it again.

I really like how McGuinness and Smith and the colorist really try to evoke the feel of a Batman story, with McGuinness doing a bit of a Tim Sale riff (the Detective Comics issue had the fill-in artists Coy Turnbull and Dan Davis as the art team).

9. "Who Killed Lucy Lane?" (Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #120)

A recurring theme in Lois Lane's solo series was the idea that there really should be something MORE to it all and so writers would regularly come up with ideas to dramatically shift the series in different directions. Few of these changes would last, but a number of them would at least make for good stories in the short term. A perfect example of this would be "Who Killed Lucy Lane?" by Cary Bates, Werner Roth and Vince Colletta, based on an idea by Irene Vartanoff.

The concept is that Lucy Lane, who had been a flight attendant in the comics for years, disappears on a flight to South America. Lois goes to look for her sister and discovers, to her shock and dismay that Lucy is a spy working for the evil organization known as The 100. She met a guy and decided to try to make a new start for herself and she was murdered. This was super hardcore stuff for a Lois Lane story of the era...

Once Lucy's murderers are taken into custody, Lois decides that she has to make changes in her life. Mostly they involve her getting an apartment with wacky roommates and tying her more into the adventures of Rose and Thorn, who starred in the backup feature in the book at the time.

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