Welcome to the five hundred and fifteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did the Lois and Clark TV show force DC’s hands on the Super-marriage? Plus, how did a haircut get an inker a “Super” gig? And why was Iron Man different in the Brazilian version of the Daredevil classic, Born Again?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: The marriage between Clark Kent and Lois Lane was fully coordinated between the TV show and the comic book series.
STATUS: Basically False
Last week, I did a legend about how the introduction of the “Super-Mullet” (which wasn’t even a mullet) did not have to do with Dean Cain’s original hairstyle for Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, but I discussed other instances where that show DID have an impact on the comics. But amusingly enough (to me, at least), I went to go link to a past Comic Book Legends Revealed about one particular instance where the show had a dramatic effect on the comics, but found that I never actually got around to writing about it! So this is me fixing that sort of snafu.
As noted last week, when the comics wanted to have Lois and Clark get married, they couldn’t because of the upcoming TV series (as seen in this old Comic Book Legends Revealed), so instead they had to this…
But a few years later, the show had another major impact on the comics when on October 6, 1996, Lois and Clark got married on the Superman TV series…
Three days later, it happened in the comics, as well…
Reader Jason wrote in to note that the then-recent breakup between Lois and Clark in the comics that had happened in early 1996…
was all part of a coordinated effort to sync the comics up with the TV wedding.
That is PARTIALLY true, but it’s more false.
It is true that the break-up in the comics happened because of the TV wedding, or moreover, the fact that there WASN’T any TV wedding. The comics were coordinating with the TV show which did not appear to be headed to a wedding any time soon, so to cool things down in the comic, they had Lois and Clark temporarily break up.
Here’s the problem, though, that coordination was based on Lois and Clark NOT getting married in Season 4 of Lois and Clark, or at least not in October of 1996!
The decision to change course and have Lois and Clark get married early in Season 4 was a big shock to the Superman team. In Les Daniels’ Complete History of Superman, the (at the time) new Superman editor Joey Cavalieri noted that the plans pre-dated him taking over the Super-books, so they had to scramble to work them into the book now:
We just sort of resuscitated that story line and did it in the space of a month instead of a year.
So that’s why The Wedding Album had to fit in all of the wedding plans, the bachelor and bachelorette parties and the wedding all into one issue!
Daniels notes that had the show not forced their hand, there was a possibility Lois and Clark would not have even gotten married at ALL, as the momentum had dissipated a lot by 1996. Cavalieri told him how a few of the writers who had been pushing for the marriage were now less sure about the idea.
Thanks to Jason for the suggestion (and thanks to Mike Lukash, who also answered Jason in the comments section)
Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed at Spinoff Online: What secret message did Paul McCartney hide in an episode of The Simpsons?
On the next page, how did a haircut get John Beatty an inking gig?
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