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Clark perusing the funny pages when Lois gets inquisitive.
Lois Lane 1942 [-1942-] “I didn’t realize you were a comic strip fan! ” “Avid is the word for it! Gosh, take this Detective Craig strip, for example. I won't be able to sleep tonight, worrying whether or not Craig or Machine-Gun Mike is the one who will die.”

GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS Lois Lane is already there when Clark Kent arrives on his first day at the Daily Planet, she’s working on a lonely hearts advice column.


Trapped by Funnyface and transferred to the two-dimensional world.
Lois Lane 1942
[-1942-] “Blast you, this is your fault! I’ll fix you for it!” “No! Let go!” “Ha-ha! My ray can also reverse the process! You’ll be punished by being transferred to a drawing on a piece of paper! Ha, ha, ha!”
Clark gets called in to the editor‘s office and assigned a new beat. In an act of irony, he’s to cover someone who has been seen in Metropolis, looking to be a champion of the oppressed.
Proximity to the vibrations of an unknown being notwithstanding, Lois soon slips into a vaudevillian vortex. Somehow a dastard is sure to create mayhem, usually a damsel-in-distress episode, an acrobatic act followed by displays of unnatural skills, w/ a secret identity string tying things up w/ a bow.

Page after page, the reader gets to know more about a super-being living in Metropolis, while he himself is getting to know more about Lois, pulling her into the maw of mayhem by his dada duels w/ super foes. Lois can’t see Clark for the super-simulacrum that he’s hiding behind, is drawn to Superman instead. Clark smiles and often winks at the reader, seemingly at ease w/ the imponderability of it all.

Lois and Clark date from the get-go; on their first one they even changed into evening dress. The next week she flies off on assignment to a foreign land and, due to misadventure, ends up blindfolded and standing in front of a firing squad. Back home again, Lois resorts to dropping a sleeping pill into Clark’s cocktail so as to chase a lead and beat him to a scoop. This brazen stunt backfires when she lands in trouble and, for the first time, falls out of a window.

But first, she hones in on Clark’s beat by looking up the Man of Mystery herself, trying to score an exclusive. Going to a traveling circus where he was performing for charity, an unexpected twist ensures she will not get her scoop. Their editor, Perry White, will sometimes send them out together, especially when murder has occurred. They’ve also covered politics and, for the sake of filing a report, once took a cruise together. On these occasions, Lois often ends up solo because Clark can and will disappear at the first sign of trouble. One time this happened, she was tied down next to a table saw w/ the on switch deployed, too annoyed though not surprised w/ Clark to bother w/ her predicament.


On a movie date, Lois and Clark watch an animated feature based on Superman and Lois Lane.
Lois Lane 1942
[-1942-] “That’s I!” “So it is! Evidently the movie’s writers subscribe to the Daily Planet and are acquainted w/ your exploits!”
Chastened to live another day, Lois expands her comfort zone, finding it in herself to bring comfort to a thawed caveman, out of time and gravely disoriented. She was one w/ her natural self the time she ran around w/ a great ape. Through all this, Lois kept up her advice column, once a grateful writer even bequeathed a gold mine which, sadly, she lost. She once plunged herself into a murky tale about a fifth columnist movement in Metropolis, wading into espionage, disinformation, and sabotage. Staff photographer Jimmy Olsen could, if prodded, fill in some details. Resorting to disguise to bring down a den of thieves, committing crimes while hypnotized, getting involved w/ murder when her fingerprints were found on the revolver, being tied up w/ a bomb nearby (several times).

Around this time she meets Lex Luthor. Picking through the day’s press releases, Lois sees a tony and toothy one: Someone has called a gathering of the millionaires of Metropolis. Intrigued, Lois finds a way into the mansion and hides behind draperies. Eight men enter, followed by their host; Lois pulls out her notepad. Altogether, these men control railroads and airlines, real estate and financial firms. They’re involved in prohibition-era rackets, one has a publishing firm hawking inspirational books. Another runs a secret fascist cell, while the last to speak turns out to be a common man who had impersonated in order to give a rant on the wickedness of wealth; what happens to him is not shown on the next panel. All this Lois takes down, filling one comic page w/ nine speech balloons each of considerable length. Suddenly, Luthor appears w/ a weapon and knocks everyone, including Lois, out.

By 1943, budding popularity for her character propels Lois onto the cover w/ Superman, gasping as he goes head-to-head with crime’s comedy king, the Prankster. Lois is on the splash page too, because she has inadvertently stepped too close to a giant jack-in-the-box …


Clark and Lois are plunged into shadows as they try to make sense of the silly supernatural tricks of Mr Mxyztplk, problem pixie from a daffy dimension. At high noon they’re in deep black.
Lois Lane 1944
[-1944-] “I’ve found a new place to go for lunch! You’ll like it!” “You’ve been wrong about everything else today – but I’ll take a chance!”
a year later she lands her first series, LOIS LANE GIRL REPORTER, focusing on her exploits w/out Superman or Clark; it ran for thirteen issues.

EPILOGUE – Looking back at the Golden Age (which took place on Earth-Two), it has come to light that the biography of Lois Lane, beginning from about 1948 on, has properly belonged to the Silver Age, and its revamped version of Lois. All along, readers had grown up w/ a Golden Age Lois, there was a Golden Age Clark; and Superman, too. It turns out there has been – and always has been – some other Lois, who lived on Earth-One, w/ another Clark and a different Superman.

In 1956, fan loyalty was rewarded when DC Comics put out the first issue of SUPERMAN’S GIRLFRIEND LOIS LANE. Once again, a new Lois Lane sprang forth, helping to usher in the Silver Age. She again came fully formed – and having a lived-in backstory. The first two tales, about a witch and a wig, look forward towards the experimental 1960s, when beauty was redefined, and backwards, w/ a ginned-up glance at the battle of the sexes, when it was still in black-&-white.

What is left of the original Lois are some stories about the Man of Steel in which she features prominently, where she proves herself an intellectual equal of a super-man. These historic events embark embryonically from the heartland of America during the onset of World War II. They then roam globally, and extra-globally, disembarking at an unknown outpost known as the Cold War.

Lois of Earth-Two became marooned until the DC universe took on a reimagination. By 1978, her story was once again rethreaded into the continuity. She had married Clark in the late 1950s, discovered he was Superman, went on to new adventures, even after their son was born, passing the mortal coil in 2005, in events occurring during the Infinite Crisis.

Letters to Lois Lane

Working nine to five as a reporter for a city daily must not leave time to do much else. As a single female working and living alone in Metropolis, how do you find balance in your life?

Lois Lane, Clark Kent and Superman are the creations of writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, two Cleveland teenagers nurturing keen tastes and quick psyches, who combined complimentary skills to make manifest their dream of another world.
“A good reporter should be able to unravel clues and invent gimmicks!”
- Lois Lane
Out of their imaginations came forth a city of skyscrapers where an otherworldly creature lives and makes its living as a newspaperman, while wooing a wonderful woman, and using as his secret identity a coward’s persona, and one who wears glasses at that. Overnight their comics become a bestseller, starring Lois Lane opposite the Man of Tomorrow.


Clark escorts Lois through choppy times, sensitizing her to the expanding DC Universe and the truth of her origins.
Lois Lane 1958 [-1958-] “What a day, Clark! Please – let‘s go somewhere we can relax!” “Sure, Lois. I know just the place!”
SILVER AGE OF COMICS The winds of change began blowing in the mid-1950s, when DC Comics rehabilitated a dormant character from the past and introduced a new Flash, having a new backstory and wearing a different costume. Gradually, this new DC Universe folded outwards and divided into two.

In 1956, a seminal tale had taken place on Earth-One. While Barry Allen was working late one stormy night, an accident sends a bolt of lightning crashing into the room, striking chemical vials filled w/ various liquids; Barry is knocked unconscious and falls to the floor.


A year after Bizarro came into being, a new kind of Lois was created. Again fully formed, this one was prone to problems.
Lois Lane 1959
[-1959-] “I know a perfect way to get rid of Superman’s imperfect double ... by using the Duplicator Machine again! Then I’ll wave a white flag!”
Lying in a suspicious-looking soup of laboratory liquids overnight, he undergoes a sea change. What had lain on the lab floor that October night was a police-lab scientist, what arose and got on its feet the next morning turned out to be an agile Adam – and harbinger of a new era. This refashioned Flash draws a chalk line at the starting point, resets the timer to zero, jumps into his costume and takes off. Soon enough he learns of the existence of Earth-Two, and visits w/ the original Flash, semi-retired but still contending w/ super-villains. Overnight, the aggregate number of super-beings doubled, then grew, as readers couldn‘t get enough.

The Lois of Earth-One lived a complicated existence, being routinely subjected to Imginary Tales of what-ifs that bedevil readers w/ known facts from familiar fantasy. This Lois had her own title, which ran for 137 issues, ending just in time to usher in the Bronze Age, and are known chiefly as having imparted a level of light-heartedness to her life.

In between, Lois left her classic looks behind and is shown on a 1968 cover tearing down part of her own masthead containing the words "GIRL FRIEND", and throwing it to the ground. This was just one step less shocking than her get-up: knee-high go-go boots and a rocking Aquanet hairdo, declaring that she was through w/ the Man of Might. This fit of feminist zeal subsided, though, and the designation reappeared on the next cover. Lois Lane, born on Earth, had up until then led an unearthly existence, all because she chose to be near the one she loves, and do battle w/ battalions of babes intent on becoming the one to make children w/ the alien Adonis.

As our story begins, Lois is about thirty years old, w/ Clark two years older than that.

 Champion of the oppressed

[-1938-] Lois Lane sprang into life fully formed, alongside the genesis story of Superman. On his first day at the Daily Planet, Clark Kent knows that he is smitten w/ her, and actively pursues Lois.


Sent out west on assignment, Clark ends up sheriff of a small town and instrumental in arresting an outlaw gang.
Lois Lane 1947 [-1947-] “I heard that! I’ll fall off purposely, before onlookers begin suspecting that I am the secret identity of Superman!”
When Clark is assigned to cover a mystery man w/ gigantic strength, Lois is intrigued and goes on a first date to find out more.
Twirling about the dance floor, he asks pointedly, “Why is it you always avoid me at the office?” “Please Clark! I’ve been scribbling sob stories all day long. Don’t ask me to dish out another.” All the while she’s acting bored and staring off into space, when her eyes happen to lock onto Butch, who’s been staring at her for quite some time.

Seeing his move Butch cuts in, then things turn ugly, and Lois gets an inkling that Clark may not be a man’s man.
Where Clark stashes his three-piece suit is a constant guessing game for the reader.

Lois Lane 1938 [-1938-] “It might be a good idea if I were seen hereabouts in my identity as Clark Kent ... so the question won’t arise as to how I got my facts ...” “Clark! So here you are!” “Been looking for me, Lois?”
When Butch facepalms her date she storms out and calls Clark, for the very first time, “… a spineless, unbearable coward!”, and is later rescued by you-know-who. Catching up w/ the car that has just abducted her, Superman upturns the vehicle and catches Lois, for the very first time, as she spills out of the backseat window. What he does next w/ the car is famously depicted on the iconic first front cover. Turning his attention back to Lois, she backs away in mild terror until he says, “You needn’t be afraid of me. I won’t harm you.”

Transfixed, she lets the strapping stranger scoop her up into his arms and, leaping high, carries her away. This winning formula provided years of creative chaos as the three characters circled each other round and round.


Graduating Smallville High and finishing college, Clark went to Metropolis U and earned a degree in journalism. Then he bounced around and worked various jobs, driving a cab, trying his hand at logging, even wearing a policeman’s uniform. Eventually though, he landed an interview w/ Perry White, winding up in the profession he liked the best.
Lois Lane 1963
[-1963-] “Oops! C-can’t keep my balance!”

Thus ends the first tale of Lois Lane’s life, and the beginning of her startling adventures to document the existence of this mental marvel and physical wonder, devoted to daring deeds that will reshape the destiny of a world.

 The Daily Planet

[-1960-] Every year on the anniversary of her first day, Perry White has thrown an office party to celebrate. Then one time he became sentimental, and opened up. “... When Lois first asked me for a job, I told her I would hire her if she brought me three scoops in three days! She did it ... w/out Superman’s help!”

Picking up the cue, Lois blows out the candles, gives the first slice to Perry, and takes over.
Lois is sent out on assignment, to see if she has what it takes to bring in a scoop.
Lois Lane 1960 [-1960-] “Drat! A flat tire! And the spare is flat, too! Well, I can hike to Professor Thorne’s diggings from here! I must have the third scoop this third day to win my job w/ Perry White!”
On the first day Perry handed her a couple of leads, and she chose the easiest one: securing evidence on a team of safe-crackers. She went dressed as a cleaning lady and boldly entered their lair. She then kicked over the waste paper basket, plugged in her vacuum cleaner, and turned it on. This brazen act turned up pure gold when a torn-up note was recovered and when taped back together, implications were deduced, and arrest warrants then issued. Los had her first scoop. By now slices had been made, and plates started to go around.

Her next assignment was to secure the first-ever photograph of a reclusive royal, prone to strongarm tactics in order to secure his privacy. And she comes back w/ the photo. Then Clark and Jimmy Olsen ask for another slice, both at the same time. Lois takes this opportunity to sit down, staring into the cavern created in the cake. Her car had unexpectedly broken down on the third day, and she ended up walking miles out to nowhere in order to interview an archaeologist, claiming a new discovery.


Lois gets used to Clark’s schtick.
Lois Lane 1954
[-1954-] “How can you tell them such things-? You know I hate dangerous assignments!” “Relax! Next time Superman shows up to save me I’ll ask him to look after you while you play the part of the ‘reckless reporter’!”
She gets her story, and it’s a doozy but, w/ no easy access back, Lois devises the most ingenious methods yet known to newswriters worldwide, enabling her post to reach Perry. It is front page news, and Lois lands her dream job.

 Man or Superman

[-1942-] One time Lois and Clark teamed up to track down the Talon, titular head to a gang of thieves. She later returned to her desk, thinking she was going to write up a scoop, only to learn that Clark got there first.
Clark became the archetypal nerd, wearing eye glasses because he has to. How his physiogomy didn’t give him away as Uber Clark is one for the books.
Lois Lane 1945 [-1945-] “So they finally caught Lefty Bragg for that bank robbery, eh?” Lois Lane 1959 [-1959-] “If someone finds those glasses and realizes they were hidden in my secret pouch, he may suspect that I’m Superman! Meanwhile, I’ll have to wear a spare pair of ordinary glasses.” Lois Lane 1938 [-1938-] “Good! I’m not mentioned!”
Exasperated, she then asked and he then gave a reason so lame that it was enough to make her wonder if Clark might be Superman.
There have been many versions of this story.

In one telling, they were working at their desks when a commotion on the street below draws their attention: a necklace robbery was in progress. She suddenly got a feeling she knew what Clark would do next, which was to give a flimsy excuse and disappear, then a minute will pass and Superman should (and will) come flying past the window. This quizzical look does not go unnoticed w/ eagle-eyed Clark as he stages a retreat. Changing into his costume he thinks back to the very first time Lois ever did all of her wondering.

It happened one morning when he had flown over to the office, and she had caught a quick glimpse.


As a reporter he was scrupulous as to the facts, although he kept certain continuances close to heart.
Lois Lane 1942
[-1959-] “Well, I didn’t lie to Bates! Everything happened just as I described except for one small detail ...”
Lois was rounding a corner and became aware of his landing on the roof of her building. “… and now he’s dropped out of sight! Good gracious! Maybe he works on the Planet staff, under a secret identity!

 Miss Lonelyhearts

[-1944-] Lois once went above and beyond her duties as the advice columnist. She had shown up at the eighth floor landing window of the Belvue Apartments, where a despondent man was threatening to jump. [-1958-] “I... I have my (sob) s-scoop!” “Poor Lois, her curiosity got her a story ... but lost what she wanted most! I wish I could help ... but even Suoperman can’t mend a broken love ... or a broken heart!”
Lois climbs out, telling him she too wants to jump, “Er-(gulp!) Do you think you’re the only person in the world w/ a broken heart?” promptly looses her balance, and goes over the edge. She manages to catch the corner of a election banner hanging below and before it tears off she has swung into position to plummet through a number of window awnings which cushion her fall until a fireman’s net catches her. This vivid demonstration of falling in love cures the man’s sick heart, as he climbs back in and goes to where Lois is being treated. “You’re wonderful, Miss Lane!


Lois Lane 1942
[-1938-] “Maybe Superman should have a look for … Oh, oh! No time to worry about the mysterious shock now! A heavy fog moved in over the airport and there’s a plane in trouble!” Lois Lane 1942
[-1952-] “Oh-oh! the FBI has just announced that a man in a costume, who looks like Superman, photographed a secret new type of space ship the other day, then escaped! I’d better change to my secret identity of Suerpman and investigate!!”
The next time I commit suicide, it’s going to be over you!

 School for scoops

[-1961-] Through pluck and perserverance Lois becomes the number one female reporter in the United States! The University of Metropolis then asks her to give a lecture course. Hearing this news, racketeer Nick Roker sends two gunmen to the campus. Because. Lois proves a precocious professor, and w/ the help of Jimmy Olsen stages reanactments of actual cases.

Jimmy walks the class through the first scenario: Drugged by a gang she’s been after, Lois gains consciousness to find that she is bound, gagged, inside a tiny basement. Someone behind is about to put a blindfold on her. At this critical moment, Lois locates the basement’s electric meter and memorizes its serial number.
Lois shares her years of work experience when she teaches a class.
[-1961-] “Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of the press! I’ll begin my lecture after the two students who are still missing up show up! I warn you, though! Be prepared for some unusual teaching methods! I’ve prepared the reenactments of some of my greatest experiences right here on stage!”
This bit of information helps break the case and gets her a scoop. Before dismissing the class, she hands out writing assignments.

The students return the next day and are greeted by a gruesome set piece: Having crossed the line w/ racketeer “Duke” Benson, he entices her over to his office and there ties her up in a chair, placing a bomb under the chair before his exit. Ignoring the lit fuse, she leans forward and nudges the phone off its cradle, picks up a pencil w/ her mouth, and dials 9-1-1.


On his very fist day at Metropolis U, Clark is already the target of bullies, shuffling through sticky situations, and gets into practise making excuses whenever he has to change into Superboy.
Lois Lane 1942
[-1958-] “You know what, Clark? Superboy’s been seen around campus so much, therey’s a rumor he’s a student at Metropolis U! Wouldn’t that be wonderful!” “Yes – just swell.”
By the time she grades this second assignment Lois has deduced that two are not written by journalism students.

Thinking to instruct her class by treating this as a case study, she outs them only to realize too late they were sent by Roker. Lois’s quick thinking disarms them long enough for Jimmy, using his signal-watch, to summon Superman, who makes a brief cameo at the very end.

 Raleigh Review

[-1965-] One time, Lois took Jimmy Olsen and Superman to her college reunion. There she grew nostalgic and, picking up a school scrapbook, leafed through and found a clipping of her first scoop for the Raleigh Review. It was an impossible first assignment: to join an all-male only fencing team and write about the experience. The fencing captain, who was a good sport and willing to go along, gives Lois a week to practise before they were to meet in a bout.
Lois auditioning for work on the college newspaper.
[-1965-] “You want me to write a story on ‘How I Made the Fencing Team’? That’s impossible! Raleigh only has a men’s fencing squad.” “That’s tough! Either get the story or you’re through!”
Through diligence and sheer love-of-writing, she outfences the captain, landing Lois her very first scoop. Then she puts down her punch and begins leafing through a second scrapbook, locating a clipping of her first-hand account of discovering a new comet – accidentally, during a night at the Smallville Observatory, where she was using the telescope to write a paper for astronomy class.


Clark took his studies seriously, and went out of his way to do extra reading. In a later tale that was instructive for young Clark, he had an opportunity to learn how a reporter at the Smallville Herald gets breaking news on Superboy’s exploits, even before he himself is out of costume.
Lois Lane 1942
[-1956-] “Hmm... history records are sometimes incomplete! It’s not known, for instance, if the city of Metropolis was founded in 1702 or 1707!”
The last page of the scrapebook held a tattered clipping of her strangest scoop. Taking a solo field trip for biology class, Lois had stumbled across – and captured on film – a live pterandon and a living sabre-tooth. Her biology teacher is wowed. “Those prehistoric creatures vanished without a trace, Lois! But thanks to the movies you took, we know exactly how they looked and acted!


 First date

[-1948-] While attending high school, Clark was once sent a letter from the Daily Planet:  clark kent, 713 main street. congratulations! you are one of the two winners of our annual contest to honor the best school newspaper reporters. your prize is a free-trip to metropolis, where you will be allowed to work as cub reporter for one week. 

Overjoyed and full of bonhomie, Clark shows up and is introduced to Lois Lane, the other winner; he takes an instant shine to her.


When an extraterrestrial transforms Clark’s sex (s)he must learn to live a new life, and confides in Lana Lang.
Lois Lane 1942
[-1960-] “Instead of punishing me, she gave me a new super-power I never had before - super-intuition! And it’s working again right now ...” “S-O-S! Your secret identity is in danger ... from Lana Lang ... S-O-S!!”
The editor tries to break his spell by assigning a competition to see who can bring in the best story of the day, whereby the winner will get a front page byline! Lois suggests a side bet to Clark, “The loser treats the winner to an ice cream sundae?” “I never bet … but I’ll make an exception in your case!

After handshakes all around, Lois ventures out and, based on a hunch, stumbles into criminal activity, resulting in being tied up and about to meet her end – Superboy arrives and saves the day. After he has dispatched her attackers, he glides over and unties Lois.
Clark loses a bet to Lois.
[-1948-] “How many scoops?” “Two!” “Scooped Again!”
On an impulse she jumps into his arms and asks to be carried away from the scene, a request the Boy of Tomorrow was fated to grant. She wins the competition (Clark has been too busy) and, after work, he takes her to a soda fountain and pays his bet.

They spend the week chasing stories, then it’s time to wave goodbye to Lois from a train platform, wondering if he’ll ever cross paths w/ her again.


LANA LANG – In 1950, the first LL to enter Clark's life happened when Prof. Lewis Lang, his wife and daughter Lana first became neighbors w/ the Kents.


Lana Lang, sharing a wall w/ a Superman poster which reads "Give to Superman Fresh Air Fund", is wantonly shamed by Lois.
Lois Lane 1961
[-1961-] “Hurry up, Green Arrow! It’s our turn to kiss Lois nown” “What has Lois Lane got that I haven’t got? Not only does she always beat me out w/ Superman, but now she’s got the Justice League members mad about her!”
Lana promptly becomes prey to an ex-convict, and her life in Smallville then becomes threaded into Superboy's. It was while staying w/ the Kents when her parents go on a business trip that she began to suspect that the two boys are one and the same. This causes Superboy to fly over to Africa, helping the Langs round up animals they were contracted to procure and destined for zoos, so they could come home early.

COMIC BOOK ERAS: Golden Age [-1938-to-1955-] – Silver Age [-1956-to-1972-] – Bronze Age [-1973-to-1985-] – Steel Age [-1986-to-2015-] – Diamond Age [-2016-to-2040-]

BACK COVER AD – In the very first appearance of Lois, Clark and Superman, the back cover was bought by the Johnson Smith & Company in Detroit, Michigan. They were purveyors of, among other things: - pocket radios - midget radios - midget pocket radios - magic radios - crystal radios - radio & television books - experiment sets - wireless transmittals - telegraph sets - electric phones - electric baseballs - world mikes (a microphone) - deluxe microphones - big entertainers (an air mattress) - Stinson Reliant giant flying planes - all-metal model airplanes - wigs (blond only) - yacht caps - live chameleons - x-ray glasses - booklets on hypnotism, learning to dance, learning to tap dance, ventriloquism, and ju-jitsu - whoopee cushions - joy bussers - rings - luminous photos - luminous paints - movie projectors - telescopes - field glasses - world's smallest candid cameras - bull dog fish hooks - and Japanese rose bushes.

BASED ON reports from, among others, Tricia Annis, Tim Hanley, Steven Thompson, and the internet.


Action No.1 (Jun 1938) SUPERMAN, CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED  |  No.2 (Jul 1938)REVOLUTION IN SAN MONTE  |  No.5 (Oct 1938) THE BIG SCOOP  |  No.6 (Nov 1938) THE MAN WHO SOLD SUPERMAN  |  No.7 (Dec 1938) SUPERMAN JOINS THE CIRCUS  |  No.9 (Feb 1939) $5,000 REWARD FOR SUPERMAN  |  No.23 (Apr 1940) EMPIRE AT WAR (PART II)  |  No.27 (Aug 1940) THE BRENTWOOD REHABILITATION HOME  |  No.31 (Dec 1940) THE HAND OF MORPHEUS  |  No.32 (Jan 1941) THE PRESTON GAMBLING RACKET  |  No.35 (Apr 1941) THE WORTHLESS GOLD MINE  |  No.36 (May 1941) FIFTH COLUMNISTS  |  No.37 (Jun 1941) CLARK KENT, POLICE COMMISSIONER  |  No.38 (Jul 1941) HYPNOSIS BY RADIO  |  No.41 (Oct 1941) THE SABOTAGE RING  |  No.44 (Jan 1942) THE CAVEMAN CRIMINAL  |  No.47 (Apr 1942) POWERSTONE  |  No.57 (Feb 1943) CRIME’S COMEDY KING  |  No.68 (Jan 1944) SUPERMAN MEETS SUSIE  |  No.80 (Jan 1945) MR MXYZTPLK RETURNS  |  No.139 (Dec 1949) CLARK KENT, DAREDEVIL  |  No.144 (May 1950) CLARK KENT’S CAREER  |  No.164 (Jan 1952) HALL OF TROPHIES  |  No.169 (May 1964) THE MAN WHO STOLE SUPERMAN’S SECRET LIFE!  | No.189 (Mar 1954) CLARK KENT’S NEW MOTHER AND FATHER  |  No.254 (Jul 1959) BATTLE WITH BIZARRO  | 

Lois Lane 1942
[-1972-] “It’s a Bird ... it’s a Plane ... it’s Superman” is a Broadway musical, produced by Harold Prince in association w/ Ruth Mitchell. It starred jack Cassidy, the music was by Charles Strouse w/ lyrics by Lee Adams, and based on a book by David Newman and Robert Denton.
Adventure No.128 (May 1948) HOW CLARK KENT MET LOIS LANE  |  Justice League of America No.21 (Aug 1963) CRISIS ON EARTH-ONE  |  No.22 (Sep 1963) CRISIS ON EARTH-TWO  |  Showcase No.4 (Oct 1956) MYSTERY OF THE HUMAN THUNDERBOLT  |  No.123 (Sep 1961) THE FLASH OF TWO WORLDS  |  Superboy No.10 (Oct 1950) THE GIRL IN SUPERBOY’S LIFE  |  No.31 (Mar 1954) DEMON REPORTER  |  No.41 (Jun 1955) JUNIOR SLEUTHS OF SMALLVILLE  |  No.47 (Mar 1956) SUPERBOY MEETS SUPERMAN  |  Superman No.4 (Mar 1940) SUPERMAN VERSUS LUTHOR  |  No.6 (Sep 1940) LOIS, MURDER SUSPECT  |  No.12 (Sep 1941) PERIL ON POGO ISLAND  |  No.13 (Nov 1941) THE MACHINATIONS OF THE LIGHT  |  No.17 (Jul 1942) MAN OR SUPERMAN  |  No.19 (Nov 1942) FUNNY PAPER CRIMES  |  No.19 (Nov 1942) SUPERMAN, CARTOON HERO  |  No.28 (May 1944) LOIS, GIRL REPORTER  |  No.85 (Nov 1953) CLARK, GENTLEMAN JOURNALIST  |  No.125 (Nov 1958) CLARK’S COLLEGE DAYS  |  No.135 (Feb 1960) WHEN LOIS FIRST SUSPECTED CLARK WAS SUPERMAN  |  No.165 (Nov 1963) THE SWEETHEART THAT SUPERMAN FORGOT!  |  No. 169 (May 1964) THE MAN WHO STOLE SUPERMAN’S SECRET LIFE!  |  Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen No.34 (Jan 1959) THE MOST FANTASTIC CAMERA IN THE WORLD  |  Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane No.1 (Mar 1958) WITCH OF METROPOLIS  |  No.1 (Mar 1958) BOMSHELL OF METROPOLIS  |  No.3 (Jun 1958)– THE MAN WHO WAS CLARK’S DOUBLE  |  No.17 (May 1960) HOW LOIS GOT HER JOB  |  No.29 (Nov 1961) SCHOOL FOR SCOOPS  |  No.20 (Nov 1961) THE IRRESISTIBLE LOIS LANE  |  No.55 (Feb 1965) LOIS’S COLLEGE SCOOPS  |  No.80 (Jan 1968) SPLITSVILLE FOR LOIS AND SUPERMAN  |  World’s Finest No.30 (Sep 1947) SHERIFF CLARK  | 



Music for Hospitals

Finally, a bedside companion to Brian Eno‘s arias to airports.

HOVE, U.K. — Soon after Music for Airports was released in 1978, Brian Eno speculated in an interview about Music for Hospitals, The Quiet Room, Montefiore Hospital The Quiet Room, Montefiore Hospital based on his notion that both places were high stress environments where notions of coming and going are ever tinged w/ metaphysical conditions. And now, the Montefiore Hospital has commissioned two similar pieces in a quest to aid in the treatment of patients, and as it turns out, their visitors too.
       The first of these sound-&-vision commissions was unveiled in opening ceremonies in March 2013, and known as “The Quiet Room for Montefiore.” It is a space inside the hospital where ambient music plays over three panels of subtly changing colors. The hospital’s head receptionist, Ann-Marie James, mentioned that the artwork and the music really help take people’s minds off, which may or may not be a blessing if you really get to think about it. 77 Million Paintings, Montefiore Hospital 77 Million Paintings Matron at Montefiore Hospital Lynette Awdry adds, “The relatives can come and have time out for themselves for exactly the same reasons as the patients need it.”
       The second piece is near the entrance and consists of eight plasma screens, “77 Million Paintings for Montefiore,” a continuous nonrepeating display of morphing colors and shapes. Mistaken Memories from Mediaeval Manhattan The juxtapositioning of the 8 screens harken back to Eno’s 1980s video installation, where recordings of clouds outside his NYC window are played back on a TV monitor turned on its side, in portrait view. Still from Mistaken Memories from Mediaeval Manhattan. As Mr Eno explains, “A piece of software selects a random image and combines it with another random image and combines them to create ever-new combinations.”
       Head receptionist James: “In the evening [77 Million Paintings] comes into its own when the lights go down.” Comments in the visitors' book include: “Absolutely stunningly beautiful, calm, distracting in a very positive way. Wonderful concept. Congratulations on a beautiful waiting area.” “You can feel your blood pressure calming by the minute. It made me think of cells and change and the beauty of life.”



Great Highway

Great Highway
During that summer, when Jane and John drove cross country to San Francisco, a riot of sorts broke out in a drinking establishment by Ocean Beach. They happend to be driving by when news crew arrived and so ended up becoming part of local history on their first night in town. Spectators were interviewed and Jane is in the broadcast: Leather skirt and sci-fi hairdo, wearing boots that she finally lost down in the Salinas Valley where John’s band played and she had taken them off for only “ ... a new york minute I swear,” but all this happened much later. A song was penned to commemorate that first night. John: “ ... by coincidence Jane and I were driving by and saw the whole thing. She even got interviewed for the local news. I forget what her answer was but it became the punchline. Anyway, I wrote this song the next day. It’s our second song, never performed it live.” From a newspaper clipping dated July 17, 1973: “A melee broke out inside a tavern by the beach, a known hangout spot for musicians. It started around 1:30 a.m. just when last call was announced. Four squad cars converged within five minutes due to the seriousness of the situation; the police spokesperson would not elaborate further.” In all 19 were taken into custody, including four females; no conventional weapon was found on anyone. The account in next day's paper managed to get every name spelled wrong but had an accurate head count. Fourteen were booked and released the next morning, the others to be arraigned over unspecified charges.

DREAMTIME | BOWIETIME | YOU&ME you and i were stepping into an elevator after seeing a new film starring bowie. he was the only one in the elevator and sorta hiding in a corner ... he was obviously trying to escape the main crowd, but he was friendly to us. i told him i thought it was the best film since A Clockwork Orange. he lit up at that, and the three of us got out together and went to a shadowy area where we could talk in private, although his hair, long coat and scarves all glowed dully, his age was 67 and at times he looked more like 32. suddenly he said he had to rush off for a plane (does he fly these days?) and that we'd catch up again. i remember too, other individuals sort of looking around for him, but he was an expert in stealth.
Within a week the reporter was quietly let go. He went on to write a novel, Fact Into Fiction, eventually moved and was glimpsed late in life living next to the Straits of Hercules. According to the bartender’s subsequent testimony, the riot appears to have been started over a misunderstanding: a special walking cane supposedly stolen from the person of W.S. Burroughs the day before (he was in town for a reading and his cane did go missing) was displayed prominently behind the bar. – FM

| GREAT HIGHWAY FOOTNOTES [1] Hand-tinted postcard depicting the Great Highway down the middle w/ the Pacific Ocean on the right and Playland By the Beach on the left, circa 1950s.

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“That Human Wilderness”

The protagonist of H.G. Wells’s novel, Tongo-Bungay, has come up from the provinces to work in London, and here gives an account of his train journey into the city:

H.G. Wells, Tongo-Bungay

“The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide.”
- Milton

LONDON 1908 —

“ … I got London at last with an exceptional freshness of effect, as the sudden revelation of a whole unsuspected other side of life. I came to [that human wilderness] on a dull and smoky day by the South Eastern Railway, and our train was half an hour late, stopping and going on and stopping again. I marked beyond Chilselhurst the growing multitude of villas, and so came stage by stage through multiplying houses and diminishing interspaces of market garden and dingy grass to regions of interlacing railway lines, big factories, gasometers and wide reeking swamps of dingy little houses, more of them and more and more. The number of these and their dinginess and poverty increased, and here rose a great public house and here a Board School and here a gaunt factory; and away to the east there loomed for a time a queer, incongruous forest of masts and spars. The congestion of houses intensified and piled up presently into tenements; I marvelled more and more at this boundless world of dingy people; whiffs of industrial smells, of leather, of brewing, drifted into the carriage; the sky darkened, I rumbled thunderously over bridges, van-crowded streets, peered down on and crossed the Thames with an abrupt eclat of sound. I got an effect of tall warehouses, of grey water, barge crowded, of broad banks of indescribable mud, and then I was in Cannon Street Station – a monstrous dirty cavern with trains packed across its vast floor and more porters standing along the platform than I have ever seen in my life before. I alighted with my portmanteau and struggled along, realising for the first time just how small and weak I could still upon occasion feel.”

A Solitary World, James W. Griffiths 02|19|14 – A Solitary World | H G WELLS FOOTNOTES [1] 1908 map of London Underground.

[2] excerpt, Tongo-Bungay by H.G. Wells, 1908.

[3] John Updike excerpt, The New Yorker 10|5|2015.

[4-VIDEO] A Solitary World – Dir: James W. Griffiths – Published on Feb 19, 2014 – Narration adapted from the works of H.G. Wells. Excerpted from the following: The Time Machine (1895) – The Island of Dr Moreau (1896) – The First Men in the Moon (1901) – In The Days of the Comet (1906) – The World Set Free (1914).  Director, Producer, VFX Artist & Colourist: James W. Griffiths – Director of Photography: Christopher Moon – Editor: Marianne Kuopanportti – Sound Design & Mix: Mauricio D'Orey – Composer: Lennert Busch – Narrator: Terry Burns – PBS Digital Studios Original Shorts Series Producer: Matt Vree.



… After Providence, John UpdikeConnecticut – the green defiant landscape, unrelieved except by ordered cities, smart and smug, in spirit villages, too full of life to be so called, too small to seem sincere. And then like Death it comes upon us: the plain of steaming trash, the tinge of brown that colors now the trees and grass as though exposed to rays sent from the core of heat – these are the signs we see in retrospect. But we look up amazed and wonder that the green is gone out of our window, that horizon on all sides is segmented into so many tiny lines that we mistake it for the profile of a wooded hill against the sky, or that as far as mind can go are buildings, paving, streets. The tall ones rise into the mist like gods serene and watchful, yet we fear, for we have witnessed from this train the struggle to complexity: the leaf has turned to stone.

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online portfolio, Francisco

Here is an informal portfolio of design projects. My everyday tools include InDesign w/ HTML5, Acrobat Pro w/ Excel, exacto knives w/ glue. See the rest HERE.

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Enterprising Women! For Helen Branham, Urban Solutions.


map of Forest Hill steps

Staircases to be found in Forest Hill, showing Hawk Hill Open Space and Golden Gate Heights Park. View a larger image here.

typography, San Francisco



San Francisco Rod & Racquet Club

Poster for an annual fly-fishing fraternity getaway.



Adobe Books San Francisco Staffers Geoffrey Cullen and Christopher Rolls in front of the relocated Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative on 24th Street. For Urban Solutions.

Sabrina Alonso

Layouts for Sabrina Alonso's feature documentary “Grizzly Road: the Last Days of the California Grizzly”, available at the San Francisco Public Library. The cover artwork features a black-&-white photo of Monarch, a grizzly captured by William Randolph Hearst, and in captivity for 22 years.

history of San Francisco's cable cars

The cable car was invented in San Francisco to relieve the burden of climbing hills. Its story, though, involves more than one stop, wending this way and that, passing landmarks of wealth and waste. |  More

Search and Destroy



The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow

Montesacro San Francisco


Art dealer’s website features this Tibetan deity in gilt bronze (18th c.). His name is Vajrabhairava.

Bike to Work Day

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