Sept. 29, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Lois Lane may be the most famous woman in comics, and the fearless Daily Planet journalist got her due from several “Ladies First: The Impact of Women in Comics” panelists during a wide-ranging discussion Saturday. Barbara Randall Kesel, a writer and editor who has worked at DC Comics, said the character’s portrayal “rises and falls with what is happening with women in the real world” – from being a “spitfire” like new career women in the ’30s and ’40s, to being diminished to “comedic foil” for Superman as women were being encouraged to relinquish jobs and focus on their husbands in the ’50s, to becoming a more feminist character as the equality movement has advanced. Lane is “a superhero without any powers,” popular artist Amanda Conner, who co-writes DC’s “Harley Quinn” series, said. “She’s got that assumption of authority – […]
April 03, 2011 | 9:46 a.m.
There wasn’t a lot of public stir on Jan. 2 when “Brenda Starr, Reporter” retired after 71 years on the newspaper-comics beat. In its heyday, the comic strip created by Dale Messick was a staple in 250 newspapers. Last year, it was in 65, with 36 of those international publications. “Brenda Starr” appeared two years after intrepid Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane was introduced in Action Comics No. 1, the comic book in which Jerry Siegel and illustrator Joe Shuster gave the world the first Superman. But unlike the doings in Metropolis, in Brenda’s adventures, it was the woman who was in the spotlight. Brenda was also created by a woman, who had worked as a greeting-card illustrator for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. Brenda Starr’s name was based on a popular 1930s debutante, and she was modeled on Rita Hayworth, then an up-and-coming sex […]
March 30, 2011 | 10:01 a.m.
Amy Kaufman checks in from CinemaCon … Amy Adams just found out on Sunday that she will portray Lois Lane in the Warner Bros. revival of Superman but she’s already thought a lot about the heritage of the role — the character was created back in 1938 and, like Rosalind Russell’s equally spirited female reporter in “His Girl Friday,” Lane represented a FDR-era woman who thrived in a “man’s world” while holding on to a strong sense of self and her own definitions of femininity. “I think the role of women in society constantly changes,” Adams said in Las Vegas where she was attending CinemaCon. “And what I love about Lois Lane is that she’s been very consistently strong, successful, independent. I’m very attracted to that. It was a time when women were really — I don’t want to make some grand statement […]