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Look Back: Superman And Wonder Woman Kiss For The First Time?

This is "Look Back," a brand-new feature that I plan to do for at least all of 2019 and possibly beyond that (and possibly forget about in a week, who knows?). The concept is that every week (I'll probably be skipping the four fifth weeks in the year, but maybe not) of a month, I will spotlight a single issue of a comic book that came out in the past and talk about that issue in terms of a larger scale (like the series overall, etc.). Each week will be a look at a comic book from a different year that came out the same month X amount of years ago. The first week of the month looks at a book that came out this month ten years ago. The second week looks at a book that came out this month 25 years ago. The third week looks at a book that came out this month 50 years ago. The fourth week looks at a book that came out this month 75 years ago.

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Today, we look at the first time that Superman and Wonder Woman ever shared a kiss in a comic book, even if it turned out to be a trick!

Something to keep in mind is the fact that DC, for the most part, kept their superheroes apart from one another for many years. There really wasn't what you would call a "DC Universe" until the introduction of the Justice League of America. Up until that point, there were some team-ups in the 1940s in the pages of All-Star Comics (with the Justice Society of America), but those team-ups essentially took place in their own little world. In other words, something that happened in All-Star Comics would never be referenced in another comic book series. DC even mostly kept their major heroes out of THAT comic book series (the logic being that once you were popular enough to maintain your own comic book series, you were "wasted" being promoted in All-Star Comics). Then, in the 1950s, DC began to have regular team-ups between Batman and Superman in World's Finest Comics. Once those team-ups began, then that really began to crack open the door for a shared DC Universe, as Batman and Superman were now clearly sharing a universe, since World's Finest Comics was edited by Mort Weisinger, the same editor of the other Superman titles, so Batman began to make semi-regular appearances in the pages of Superman's other titles. Once the Justice League was formed, then other Justice League members began to make occasional appearances, as well. At the same time, Justice League of America writer Gardner Fox fully embraced the "DC Universe" concept by having the Justice League team-up with the Justice Society of America as a yearly team-up.

However, it really wasn't until the end of the 1960s that the DC Universe really kicked into high gear. This is because the so-called "second generation" of comic book writers began to break into the industry, and these were the types of writers who were interested in seeing the longterm DC heroes interact with each other. Like when teenager Jim Shooter had Superman and Flash race each other for the first time in 1967. DC then began to have team-up series like Brave and the Bold where we could see DC's various heroes really begin to interact with each other.

It was with all of this in mind that DC finally answered a question that I'm sure many fans had asked over the years, "Why don't Superman and Wonder Woman date?" The answer was handled by veteran writer Robert Kanigher in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #93 (with art by Irv Novick and Mike Esposito), but what's funny is that Wonder Woman had of course just recently undergone a transformation in her own series (which Kanigher had written for over a decade), so she no longer had superpowers! Kanigher's story, though, required the classic version of Wonder Woman, so Kanigher came up with some twists and turns.

The issue opens with Lois Lane dreaming of marrying Superman. That dream soon becomes a nightmare when suddenly it's Wonder Woman that Superman is marrying in the dream!

Lois is basically like many fans of the era, wondering why DON'T Superman and Wonder Woman get together?

Wonder Woman asks Superman to do a charity exhibition at the circus with her and he agrees and their chemistry is so overwhelming that when the crowd chants for them to kiss, they comply...

Perry White knows a story when he sees it, so has Lois Lane cover the courtship of Superman and Wonder Woman, which involves them going to hippy dance clubs and everything...

Lois decides to train herself in the same martial arts that the then-powerless Wonder Woman was using to fight crime. She planned on besting Wonder Woman and winning Superman back...

When Lois actually tried to fight Wonder Woman, though, Diana destroyed her. Soon after that, Diana used a special ring to gain superpowers to hang with Superman...

Lois, though, realizes that Wonder Woman's new powers are GREATER than her old ones and figures out that she must be secretly Kryptonian. That leap of logic turns out to be true! The real Wonder Woman had been replaced by an escaped Phantom Zone criminal!

Superman shows up and defeats her and then we learn that Superman was coming to break up with Wonder Woman anyways, as he cared too much for Lois to date another woman!

Awwww....

If you have any suggestions for June (or any other later months) 2009, 1994, 1969 and 1944 comic books for me to spotlight, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com! Here is the guide, though, for the cover dates of books so that you can make suggestions for books that actually came out in the correct month. For the 75 year old comics, the cover date is three months ahead of the actual release date (so August for a book that came out in May) while the other comics have a cover date that is two months ahead of the actual release date (so July for a book that came out in May). Obviously, it is easier to tell when a book from 10 years ago was released, since there was internet coverage of books back then.

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