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In response to a request from Shadowpsykie, here's Action Comics #662.

For the previous fifty years, the Superman mythos had a status quo of "Lois Lane loves Superman, but isn't too keen on his secret identity Clark Kent. Meanwhile, Superman loves Lois, but conceals his double life from her for various reasons." But with the reboot of the franchise after Crisis on Infinite Earths the relationships had slowly progressed, and by 1991, Lois had gotten over her Superman obsession enough to realize that she had feelings for Clark, and they got engaged.

The story actually opens with an attorney checking through the late Lex Luthor's paperwork, and discovering his will.

Not sure if Baron Sunday ever got out of jail; like many minor villains, he spends a lot of time in Comic Book Limbo.

The arm belongs to Silver Banshee, who was supposedly sealed away a couple of years earlier. She's after Superman, but his Clark Kent guise fools her and she lets Clark off with merely being throttled. Lois gets teary when she can't find a pulse, but Clark wakes up and finds out who attacked him.

Superman tracks the Banshee to the Daily Planet (where she smells Superman everywhere but can't see him) and gets stomped for his troubles. Rather than finish off the Man of Steel right there, Silver Banshee is asked by her new ally Blaze to bring him to Blaze's temple for ritual sacrifice.

Naturally, Superman recovers just in time, and manages to hold the banshee off long enough to trigger a "you have failed me" moment from Blaze. Afterwards, he consults with the Crone who supposedly created the Silver Banshee, who admits that Blaze may be a greater menace. "Guard against her darkness..."

And there you have it, the official no backsies, no amnesia, no fooling reveal to Lois.

It occurs to me that this kind of blocks off Silver Banshee's appearance in this issue; if at some future point someone's doing a character profile on SB, let me know and I'll trim a few pages at that point to make room.

Otherwise, your thoughts, comments, questions?

suggested tags
char: Lois Lane
char: Silver Banshee
char: Superman/Clark Kent
creator: Bob McLeod
creator: Brett Breeding
creator: Kerry Gammill
creator: Roger Stern
publisher: DC Comics
title: Action Comics

Date: 2010-03-30 09:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Steve Lombard was a jerk, and everyone knew it, yet never once did Clark stand up to him. Clark was ALWAYS the patsy.

And he did spend a lot of his time at the Fortress, probably more than at his apartment, since he didn't need to eat or sleep, though he did sleep every now and again to benefit from dreaming.

Pre-Crisis Superman's first memories were of Krypton, by the time he was in his teens as Superboy his super memory even granted him full remembrance of being sent to Earth by his parents.

Date: 2010-03-30 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He wasn't shown as being at the Fortress all that frequently and he still kept up a full-time job.

Why is it necessary that Clark stand up to Steve for Clark to have been his "real" self? Some battles just aren't worth fighting. He could just as easily have thought, "He's making a jerk out of himself, why should I get caught up in playing by his terms?"

Date: 2010-03-30 10:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
We saw him in the Fortress a LOT more than we did in his apartment. Yes, a job, not a life, two different things.

And as for Steve, we never saw in Clark's thought bubbles "I don't need to stand up to him", it was usually "If I stand up to him people will suspect I'm Superman", again Superman was the focus of his motivation, not Clark himself.

Date: 2010-03-30 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
A job is no less a life than an apartment is. He was still Clark Kent when he had no need to be.

In fact, a job is more of a life than an apartment, since the job is where most people have the majority of their interactions with other people.


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