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I never really thought about it until a post on a message board reminded me, but it isn’t just Superman who’s suffering from the overemphasis on Lois Lane as his primary supporting character.
Real emphasis on supporting as she is not, nor will she ever be, co-lead of this franchise, despite DC’s efforts and those of her fans.
The Daily Planet staff, like Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, Cat Grant as well, among others…they’ve all been minimized to an extent. And to a lesser extent than them…Steel and Lana Lang. Not to mention the long-missing Pete Ross. I don’t want to leave out Ron Troupe or Lucy Lane, either. Emil Hamilton’s in there, too. Oh, and last but certainly not least, no real relationship with his cousin.
Remembering these names reminds me of when Superman had a fully fleshed out out world around him that didn’t revolve around Lois Lane.
In one way or another, the emphasis on the relationship between Lois and Clark, whether romantic or platonic, has been detrimental to the development of the rest of his cast.
Seriously, the world Superman inhabits in his books has shriveled badly over the course of the last few years.
Shit’s gotta stop, and it definitely shouldn’t be using the recent Superdad bullshit as the foundation for rebuilding that world.
Not at the expense of the Superman who was closer to his roots than Superdad and sold better than Superdad, too.
The Chronological Superman 1954:
The Daily Planet’s ambitious cub reporter debuts in his own ongoing series, joining Superman, Superboy, Action Comics, Adventure Comics and World’s Finest Comics in depicting the many monthly adventures of Superman.
Certainly, the popularity of Jack Larson’s performance on The Adventures of Superman prompted the launching of Jimmy’s spinoff title. Ironically, Jimmy – a staple of the radio program as much as the television show – hadn’t particularly been given a lot of solo opportunities in the comics themselves. Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Perry White, and even Pa Kent had been given more “stealth pilot” opportunities than Jimmy when he scored his own book.