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Superman's Less Legendary LL's!

In Drawing Crazy Patterns, I spotlight at least five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Note that these lists are inherently not exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (occasionally I'll be nice and toss in a sixth). So no instance is "missing" if it is not listed. It's just not one of the five examples that I chose.

Today, we look at the less legendary LLs in Superman's life.

Unless you hate me and all that I stand for, you know that Superman has an inordinate amount of notable people in his life whose names are double Ls.

There was even an awesome story by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swan and George Klein in Superman #157 that played off that fact as the plot for the story...

I love that weird story so much.

Anyhow, when you have something the LLs, writers are bound to introduce some, well, LESS legendary LLs who end up not being particularly noteworthy in the Superman annals. Here are five examples!

LITA LAVERNE

The first post-Lois Lane introduction of a LL character that I can think of is Lita Laverne, a spy from Action Comics #22 (by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster)...

Interestingly, this storyline (about countries trying to trick other countries into going to war) is a surreptitous lead-up to the introduction of Lex Luthor, as Luthor is responsible for the manipulation of the countries to going to war with each other so that he can sell everyone munitions!

LESTER LINK

This one is a weird one. From World's Finest Comics #12 (by Don Cameron, Ira Yarbrough and George Roussos), Lester Link was a mild-mannered dude in Metropolis who gets sick of his lot in life and decides to pretend to be a powerful villain known as the Lynx!

In the end, Superman gets Lester to agree to use his new, fake reputation as a mastermind criminal to team-up with some REAL criminals and thus get them all in one place at once to be captured! Lester has finally made a name for himself!

LIZA LANDIS

In Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #20 (by Jerry Siegel and Kurt Schaffenberger), Superman grows sick of constantly either having to save Lois Lane or keep her from finding out his secret identity...

So Superman travels through time (as you do) to get a DIFFERENT job in Metropolis as Clark Kent!

This time he is a disc jockey!

But oh man, his secretary is names Liza Landis...

And SHE becomes obsessed with proving his secret identity, too!

He gets sick of it and fixes the timeline to go back to normal. The story has a ridiculously messed up ending that I won't spoil here (it's really bad).

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