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40 Greatest Lois Lane Stories: #6-4

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!

Enjoy!

6. "When It Rains, God Is Crying" (Lois Lane #1-2)

1986 was a strange time for the Superman titles. John Byrne's Man of Steel was coming, but it wasn't there yet, so the Superman titles had to just keep on keeping on as if everyone didn't know that the continuity was about to be altered with the release of Byrne's much-anticipated reboot.

In to that odd little time period came Mindy Newell and Gray Morrow's Lois Lane miniseries. While I can't say for certain, it sure looks like it was meant to be a four-issue series at first and then it was condensed into two issues so that it would be completed before Man of Steel finished. It was still coming out while Man of Steel started.

The annoying thing is that the basic set-up for the story could have translated perfectly to the Post-Crisis Lois Lane and, in fact, in a lot of ways fit the Post-Crisis Lois Lane even BETTER than it did the Pre-Crisis Lois Lane, but since so much else in the story was based in Pre-Crisis continuity, it really was stuck coming out as a Pre-Crisis story.

In any event, Lois Lane gets caught up in an investigation into child abductions. It is a harsh story, with no easy answers and Lois is clearly struggling greatly with the story, especially when she visits a family who got their little girl back after she was kidnapped, but not before she was heavily abused...

Gray Morrow's art gives it such a wonderfully dignified feel. This was not the first comic book series to discuss the plight of children being stolen and sold, but it was one of the best.

5. "Enemy Mine" (The Man of Steel #4)

Speaking of Man of Steel, the fourth issue of the series, which tells Superman's origins leading up to Byrne's brand-new Superman #1 (so the idea being that Man of Steel would show you Superman's new background before the stories set in the present day begin), introduced us to Lex Luthor and has Lois Lane and Clark Kent share scenes for the first time. After one issue that was all about Lois' personality in regards to Superman, this issue defined how Lois would interact with others and it was dynamite.

She's pretty much bursting with personality here!

Then, after she thinks terrorists have killed Clark Kent (actually, he pretended to fall overboard to turn into Superman) she literally grabs a machine gun and starts opening fire on the bad guys! This was clearly not the same Lois Lane that people had grown used to over the years!

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