Seventy-five years ago today, Action Comics #1 arrived on newsstands. On the cover, of course, was Superman. But inside the issue was the debut of one of the most enduring characters in pop culture and she came out swinging.
From her very first appearance Lois Lane, one of the most memorable moments for women in DC history, became an integral, critical part of the Superman mythos. As readers read that first story and saw this strange man do amazing things, Lois plays a stand-in for the reader as Superman calms her concerns.
But Lois Lane would do much more that just be a stand-in for the reader. She would become the model for the modern career woman who reveled in her job and strived to be the best there was in her field regardless of gender.
Lois Lane became short hand for aggressive reporter and I know she’s a big reason why I went to Journalism school. And she was also, after Batgirl, what drew me to DC Comics. In fact, when I started this blog she was the very first character I wrote a post about.
To celebrate her 75th Anniversary, I reached out to a number of her creators to see if they’d be willing to talk about Lois Lane. The responses were fast and enthusiastic. Everyone wanted to talk about Lois. I’m going to start posting these interviews today. And don’t forget to participate in the Lois Lane Event on Twitter this evening! And if you have a love for Lois, the wonderful “Women Write About Comics” site is running a blogging carnival to celebrate Lois’ anniversary. If you have a desire to write about Lois drop them a note.
I think it’s beyond fair to say that Lois Lane is one of DC Comics most well known female characters having appeared in books, multiple movies, multiple television shows, books and even Broadway in addition to comics. I look forward to seeing what DC has planned to celebrate her anniversary.