Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Double Hockey Sticks
One of the odder aspects of the Silver Age Superman was the fascination Mort Weisinger and his writers developed with the initials LL. From the very first appearance of Superman, the love interest had always been Lois Lane. And in the Superboy adventures, his snoopy next-door neighbor was Lana Lang. But in the Silver Age, the LL's really started to take over. For example, we learned of Clark Kent's college sweetheart, Lori Lemaris:
Action #252 saw the debut of Supergirl. While Kara Zor-El doesn't have two Ls in her name, her secret identity was established as Linda Lee. In Action #272, we learned that there is a double of Supergirl on another planet, whose secret identity is Lea Lindy.
In Lois Lane #20 (October 1960), Clark decides to get rid of Lois the pest by flying back in time to the date he came to the Daily Planet office, and going instead to take a job as a deejay at a radio station. His secretary there is a gal named Liza Landis, who turns out to be an even worse snoop than Lois. Be sure to read that post to the end to see that Superman retained his irrational prejudice against the horizontally challenged. Hat tip: Michael Rebain.
In Superman #141 (November 1960), Superman accidentally flies back to Krypton before it exploded, meets his parents, and falls in love with a movie actress:
As far as I know this is the first time that the LL coincidence was noted in a story.
In Action #289, Supergirl tries to set up her cousin with a female superhero from another world:
But it turned out that the yellow rays of our sun were poisonous to her, and so she had to return to her home planet. Hat tip: Michael Rebain.
In Superman #157, he receives a machine from an alien world that can predict the future. One of the predictions is that he will be saved that day by an LL. Bizarro "gives" him a chunk of Kryptonite which starts to kill him. Which LL will save him, he wonders:
But as it turns out, a young baseball player by the name of Steve Snappin saves him. Was the machine wrong?
In Superman #165, he loses his memory and becomes Jim White, a cowboy on a ranch owned by the father of this gal:
Oddly, however, she's another SS, instead of an LL, although there are some Ls in her name: Sally Selwyn.
Adventure #333 (June 1965) includes a segment where Superboy meets the distant ancestors of the Atlanteans including a pretty brunette:
Jim pointed this one out to me in an email:
I didn't mention Lucy Lane or Lex Luthor. Jim also points out this gal:
In Action #321 (February 1965), Superman is trapped on a red sun world where he's the weakest man, and Lahla falls for him. But (amusingly) once they make it back to Earth she has no interest in him, as he's now the mightiest man around.
And this "gal":
Of course it's really Jimmy Olsen, from issue #67 (March 1963) of his self-titled mag.
Any more LLs that should be added to this list? I've always been a bit surprised that Light Lass didn't attract Superboy's attention.
Update: An early one, from Action #215 (April, 1956):
Lyra Lee (in 2956) turns out to be a secret identity pest for the Superman of that era, just like Lois a millennium earlier. And another mermaid from Action #244: