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Lois Lane is a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist employed at the Daily Planet, alongside fellow reporter Clark Kent, photographer Jimmy Olsen and the Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White. Raised in the military as daughter of General Sam Lane, she is more than capable of handling herself in almost any situation. Her sister is flight attendant and later military officer Lucy Lane. She is the long-time romantic interest to and eventually wife of Superman.

Story of the Century

Lois is the oldest of two children, born to Sam Lane, a career military officer, and Ella Lane. Her father, who desired a son but instead received two daughters, treated each of them as if they were members of his unit during their childhoods. This included combat training, and Lois once admitted that he even taught them to throw knives with their toes. Her childhood was hard on her as he resented the fact that she was a girl. This also made her believe that she had to fight to get her rightful share from men in the world.[1]

As an army child, Lois moved around a lot with her family growing up. At the age of fifteen, while her family was living near Metropolis, she approached Perry White at the Daily Planet and asked him for a job. She had met White once before, when she had visited the newspaper with her class. She lied and said that she was nineteen, but her sister Lucy (who had come with her) told Perry the truth. Overhearing some reporters say that whomever gets a scoop on Lex Luthor would get on Perry's good side, Lois decided to attempt the seemingly impossible. She sneaked out of the house (which, considering her family lived on base, was no small feat) and managed to break into Luthor's tower and swipe some files. She was caught by Luthor himself, however, who gave her a paddling and sent her on her way. Perry was so impressed that he did agree to hire her.[2]

Lois would quickly rise as a reporter at the Daily Planet, winning a coveted Pulitzer Prize before one of the biggest stories of her career turned up: the day she met Superman. Lois was invited aboard an experimental space shuttle, the Constitution, that was supposed to land at Metropolis Airport. Unfortunately, the shuttle collided with a civilian aircraft that had somehow slipped through the security cordon, and began to crash. Suddenly, a mysterious flying man appeared and grabbed hold of the shuttle, guiding it to safety. As soon as the shuttle was on the ground, Lois burst out of the shuttle, running right for the man (a young Clark Kent who had not yet fashioned his costume). She cornered him, and Clark would later describe the meeting to his parents: "She's...I don't know...not as beautiful as a movie star, but she has...a quality. Something I've never seen in any other woman. Almost a fire in those big, dark eyes. For just a moment, it seemed as if something passed between us. A spark..." Unfortunately, a crowd quickly tried to mob the mysterious man, so he flew away. Lois got the byline for the front page newspaper story MYSTERIOUS SUPERMAN SAVES SPACE PLANE! and thus became the first to call him by the name the whole world would soon know: Superman.[3]

After many unsuccessful attempts to track down Superman, Lois decided to fake an accident to get his attention — she drove her car into the bay, though she had an oxygen tank with her. Superman was right on cue, and after pulling her and her car from the water, he agreed to a brief interview. Much to Lois's chagrin, however, when she tried to file the story with Perry, she found that a new reporter Perry just hired had beaten her on the exclusive story of Superman — a young reporter named Clark Kent.[4]

It took Lois quite some time to forgive Clark for beating her to the punch, but eventually she got over it and they became good friends, and later began dating.

Lois was one of the first people from the outside world who got to visit Themyscira on Paradise Island. As a gesture of goodwill, Wonder Woman invited twelve hand picked delegates, each representing different perspectives (a Rabbi, an architect, etc.) to come to the island for a goodwill tour. Diana initially asked Clark Kent to come, but as he was busy he suggested Lois, and she gratefully accepted. While on the island, Lois had to help Wonder Woman fight against Eris, daughter of Ares, who was sowing discord among the Amazons and the delegates.[5]

Secret Origin

Sometime before she moved to Metropolis, Lois was introduced to John Corben, a young U.S. soldier, by her father. Sam Lane had been trying to get Lois to marry John, much to her ire. Her refusal only strengthened the gap between her and her father.

Shortly before Superman's debut in Metropolis, the Daily Planet was having financial problems. Lex Luthor owned every media in Metropolis and used it to enforce his public image as a wealthy benefactor, and the Daily Planet was the only media source not controlled by Luthor and condemned his actions with an outrageous editorial written by Perry White himself. Lois, as the Planet's best reporter, had also written several articles against Luthor. However, this had let the Daily Planet to the brink bankruptcy, forcing White to stop attacking Luthor.

In one private meeting with Perry, Lois argued with him about the Daily Planet 's recent policy of not publishing articles against Luthor. Suddenly, Clark arrived and White introduced him to Lois and Jimmy. Lois offers to show Clark how the Daily Planet works and Perry accepts. As they get to Lois's disorganized desk, a secretary brings some flowers to Lois sent by John Corben, which Lois throws into the garbage can, saying that she hates flowers. Then, she finds a bra and a blonde wig and brings Clark to the Lexcorp to investigate about Luthor's next military project.

Arriving at the Lexcorp building, Clark helps Lois climb over the fence, as Daily Planet employees are no longer welcome in Luthor's property. Then, Lois tells Clark that she knows about his "act", he wants to be underestimated. Lois says that the reason Perry hired him is because he saw something in him and she does too. Changing the subject, Lois tells Clark to go to the front door while she slips in the back.

Lois gets to the top floor and witnesses the unveiling of a powered exoskeleton created by Lexcorp. However, she is discovered by the bodyguards. Lois tries to escape, but she trips over one of the exoskeleton's cables and falls off the rooftop. However, Clark puts on his suit and rescues her. Lois and the public are amazed by the mysterious hero, but as the public surrounds Clark, he flies away.[6]

The next day, Lois begins her article about the mysterious hero and the Daily Planet staff harasses her with questions about him, until Perry tells them to back off. Suddenly, Lexcorp security guards barge into the Planet and demand that Lois and Clark go to the building and explain what happened to Luthor.

As they are brought to Luthor's office, Lois prepares to ask some questions to Luthor. Luthor comes in, and Lois asks Luthor some questions about his recent illegal activities. Luthor offers to answer this questions, but also says that her father sends his regards to her. Lois is shocked that her father is here, and Luthor replies that General Lane came to Metropolis to discuss with Luthor about Lexcorp's new exoskeleton.

The interview begins and Luthor reveals that he brought Lois and Clark to Lexcorp so that they can tell him about the flying man and he can press charges against him. Lois feels irritated by this and replies that Luthor is the one they should press charges against. Suddenly, Clark hears some people in danger with his super-hearing and leaves under the excuse of going to the bathroom. Lexcorp guards evacuate Lois and Luthor, when Rudy Jones, a Daily Planet janitor mutated by radioactive waste, attacks them. Suddenly, Clark appears and fights Jones. The fights gets to the streets and Clark defeats Jones. Luthor, angered by what happened, questions the flying man about his intentions. Clark says that he just wants to help people, but Luthor shouts to everyone present that the flying man should not be trusted. The flying man leaves, and Lois feels bad for him.

Lois, feeling that the flying man is sincere, writes a positive article about him and creates the name everyone would know the flying man by: Superman. She presents her article to Perry, and he agrees to run it along with a picture Jimmy took of the flying man. Perry then makes Lois and Jimmy a team.

The article is a success and earns the Daily Planet a reputation of being the only newspaper in Metropolis to depict Superman in a positive way.[7]

Lois and Jimmy are present when Superman saves a Daily Planet distribution center from a fire. As Superman talks with them about what happened, Lois believes that the fire was intentionally caused. Superman agrees, since his microscopic vision detected some traces of gasoline.

At the Daily Planet, Lois is visited by John Corben. Lois is irritated by him, since he kept sending flowers at her, even though she told him not to four times now. Although John has feelings for her, Lois tells him that they only went on one date. When John begins to behave aggressively towards Lois, Clark appears and manages to intimidate John with a strong handshake. Lois is amazed by this, and Clark asks her to have lunch with him, to which she accepts.

Lois and Clark eat lunch in a restaurant, and Lois asks Clark who he is really. Lois explains that one time Clark is shy and clumsy, and in another he is confident and resolute, believing him to be a paradox. Clark suddenly hears an emergency and leaves, much to Lois's dismay, since he was the one who invited her.

Lois returns to the Daily Planet, and Jimmy shows her a live report in the TV, in which Superman is facing the U.S. Army. Suddenly, General Lane and a group of soldiers come into the building, declaring that the Daily Planet is being closed down and Lois will have to tell him everything she knows about Superman.[8]

Lois and Perry are furious that General Lane is closing down the paper, but General Lane says that they are doing this for the safety of the United States. He then asks Lois if she trusts Superman, and she replies that she trusts Superman more than she trusts her father. General Lane replies that Superman is an alien, but Lois says that it doesn't matter. General Lane reveals that the U.S. Army has a meteorite that can kill Superman. Lois and Jimmy come up with a plan to help Superman. Jimmy uses his camera to distract the soldiers while Lois escapes the building.

As she gets to the street, Lois witnesses the fight between Superman and Metallo. Lois meets up with Superman, telling him that he has to leave or the Army will kill him simply because they are afraid of him. Suddenly, Metallo re-appears and prepares to fight Superman. Superman tears Metallo's mask off, and Lois discovers that Metallo is in fact John Corben. Enraged, Metallo blasts Lois with a Kryptonite laser beam, but Superman protects her. Superman flies Metallo to the atmosphere, where the lack of air knocks him out.

As General Lane arrives, Lois tells him that he does not get to tell her what to do ever again. Superman tosses the unconscious Metallo to the street, and General Lane accuses him of attacking a U.S. soldier, but Lois accuses Metallo of attacking innocent people. The soldiers try to arrest Superman, but the civilians protect him. To prevent a riot, Superman tells the people that they, not him or the Army or Lex Luthor, are meant to be the saviors of Metropolis. The people of Metropolis are inspired and Superman leaves.

The next day, Lois writes an article about Superman's decision to remain as Metropolis's hero. The article saves the Daily Planet from bankruptcy. Lois finds a note in her desk and goes to the rooftop. There, she finds Superman repairing the old seized-up Daily Planet globe. Superman thanks Lois for helping him think that he belongs in Metropolis. Lois replies that Superman showed her that the world doesn't have to be an unfair and dangerous place. Just as Superman and Lois are about to kiss, Jimmy comes in and tells them that the Daily Planet is the number one newspaper in Metropolis. Superman then puts the Daily Planet globe to spin once again, and Lois asks him if he is a man or an alien. His answer, "I'm Superman, Lois.".[9]

Lois and Clark

After being together for some time, Clark finally proposed to Lois with the Kent family engagement ring. Lois was distracted at the time by her mother's illness, however, and did not answer immediately. When she realized the depth of Clark's commitment to her later that night, she did in fact agree to marry him.[10] Jimmy Olsen threw the couple an engagement party at the Planet the same day that Lex Luthor apparently died in a plane crash.[11]

It wasn't a few weeks or months after that Clark finally got around to revealing that he and Superman were one and the same.[12] Lois accepted the dual identity, and was now in a better position to help Superman. This was about the time that the Daily Planet employees went on strike over a labor dispute.

Although at first, Lois was a little peeved to think that Clark had been using his role as Superman to gain an advantage over her. After Clark beat her to the punch on a story involving the Parasite, Lois was determined to one up him. The strike organizer was a man named Jeb Friedman, a southern "good ol' boy" who took a strong interest in Lois, despite her engagement to Clark. Lois was initially only interested in Jeb for any Intergang connections he might have. She then challenges Clark--can he scoop her on a story without using any of his powers? Lois went home to her parents, her mother almost completely recovered, where her father was attacked by Angstrom. Lois managed to hold him at bay until Superman, tipped off to Angstrom's escape and his intent by Emil Hamilton, could turn up and subdue him. Lois offered to call off the bet, but Clark insisted on keeping it. Lois promised to tell Angstrom's story, but the true facts were lost when he was cured at STAR and they sold the story to Newstime. Despite his obvious intentions, Lois and Jeb actually became friends, although it made Clark more than a little jealous.[13]

Lois is as skeptical of the new Lex Luthor II as the rest of Metropolis when he shows up claiming to be the son of the "late" Lex Luthor. Lois and Clark are present when Hellgrammite tries to assassinate the new Luthor (which Superman foils of course).[14]

A friend Lois made down at a soup kitchen, Charlie, alerts her to a plot by the Underworlders, stirred up by remnants of Warworld's warriors that were stranded on Earth after the Panic in the Sky, to conquer Metropolis. She follows the tip to the main power plant in the city, where she is captured by Clawster and taken as a prisoner into the caves beneath the city as the Underworlders prepare their attack. Fortunately, Keith Robert White alerts Superman to the plot and the Man of Steel foils the Underworlders and rescues Lois (who was going to be set free by Charlie anyway).[15]

Death of Superman

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The Death of Superman

After a battle royal with the monster, Doomsday, Superman died in Lois's arms at the foot of the Daily Planet building. On scene, Lois was given the heart wrenching task of writing the story about the death of Earth's greatest hero.[16] Devastated by the loss, Lois realized she also had to keep up the pretense that Clark and Superman were two different people. She attended his funerals, lost in the crowd of many thousands of people, and then finally called the Kents to speak with them.[17] The Kents and Lana Lang came to Metropolis to help clear out Clark's apartment, and together they all agreed to keep the secret of his double life.[18] When Superman's body was stolen from the tomb, Lois followed the trail with some help from Charlie and other Underworlders, learning that Cadmus had stolen it. When she broke the story, Supergirl recovered the body and returned it to the tomb.[19] Weeks later, when Jon Kent collapsed of a heart attack, Lois went to Smallville to be with Martha. Jon survived, and when he awoke he announced that he had seen Clark and brought him back with him. When Lois got back to Metropolis, multiple Superman stories began to flood in from all over the city. Going with Commissioner Henderson to the tomb, they found that it was empty.[20]

Superman Returns

Not only was there one Superman flying around, there were fourThe Man of Tomorrow, The Last Son of Krypton, The Man of Steel, and The Metropolis Kid. Lois got to interview them all, but despite proof from the first two, she remained skeptical that any of them were the real Superman. As a matter of fact, she was among the first to recognize the Cyborg Superman for the villain that he really was.

Eventually, a fifth person — wearing a black costume and not having superpowers — showed up in Metropolis claiming to be the real Superman returned to life, and Lois was one of the ones on scene to meet him. She was again skeptical, thinking it was a trick like the others, but this one knew far more than any of the others, and before taking off for a battle at Engine City he reaffirmed his love for her.[21] When he returned from Engine City, back in costume and fully powered, there was not a doubt left in her mind (or in any one else's the world over).[22] Along with Supergirl, Lois helped work out the return of Clark Kent--the ruse being that he had supposedly been buried in rubble leftover from Doomsday's rampage (over three hundred people were still missing).[23]

Lois began a series of investigations regarding LexCorp itself. A recent building under construction had collapsed and there was suspicion of insurance fraud. Lois did some investigating and found those suspicions were true--several buildings had been destroyed and the damage blamed on Doomsday. She did not think that Lex Luthor II was involved, however. She attended his "Welcome Back Superman" party aboard his blimp (surviving an attack by Underworlders who were after Paul Westfield) and he agreed to an interview the next day. During the interview, Luthor confesses that he does have dreams for a shining new city, but says he has had nothing to do with the fraud. He also makes a pass at her, infuriating Lois and causing her to remark to Clark that father and son are not so very different after all. She filed her story, although she left Luthor's name out of it specifically, even though she was beginning to suspect he was not the golden boy he had been playing himself to be. Lois also covered a fake hostage situation at a retirement home--the residents staged it to draw attention to the squalid conditions they had been living under. She then learned that the foreman of the site she had interviewed for the fraud story was almost killed by a group called Nuclear Waste. Superman saved the foreman [Beasley]. Lois talked to him again in the hospital where Beasley told her that Luthor had fired him. He was convinced Luthor was behind the hit.[24]

Clark was feeling particularly rejuvenated since his return from the dead. He surprised Lois on a Sunday morning and asked her if she would like to go to Paris for the day. The two spent the day in Paris, arriving back and heading into work Monday morning to learn some terrible news —Cat Grant's son Adam had been kidnapped and murdered.[25] Cat was devastated at the loss, and Lois tried to be there for her as much as possible. She was relieved to find that Cat did not start drinking again. She and Clark attended Adam's funeral. Lois heard from Cat about Sasha Green, a former personal trainer of Lex Luthor II's, had gone missing. Rumor was that she moved to Coast City just before it was obliterated. Lois decided to do some digging, talking with another of Luthor's trainers as well as one of the cleaning women for LexCorp Tower. Lois remembered meeting Sasha once, when Superman's body had been stolen from the tomb, and saw Sasha knock Luthor flat. Luthor had threatened her in anger. That was the last day anyone had seen her. The cleaning woman confessed that the day Sasha went missing, the changing room had been closed, presumably for renovations.[26] The only clue Lois had was that Sasha's gym bag (which had her name on it) was left behind at LexCorp.[27]

When Luthor decided to try and create another Bizarro, his creation rebelled and fled from LexCorp. His memories a jumble, Bizarro showed up at Lois's apartment and kidnapped her.[28] Bizarro took her to a warehouse where he had recreated scenes from Superman's life as best he could remember (resulting in a surreal, Bizarro World environment). Lois managed to escape on her own.[29] After Bizarro, dying from his unstable condition, is recaptured by Luthor, Lois goes with Superman into LexCorp to try and free him. Bizarro dies in Lois's arms, and immediately afterwards Lois learns that Lex Luthor II is badly ill — and that he may be much more than that! A source whom she referred to as "Deep Quote" helps her escape when Superman is distracted.[30] Thanks to her contact, Lois learns the horrible truth — that Lex Luthor II is really the original Lex Luthor, just in a clone body. She attempts to out Luthor, but thanks to Luthor's machinations she is publically discredited.[31] Luthor's continued scheming makes Lois look more and more crazy--he also plants evidence implicating her for embezzlement from the Planet, prompting Franklin Stern to order Perry to fire her. White reluctantly follows orders, which in this instance is one of the hardest things he's ever done.[32] Luthor even fire bombs Lois's apartment, destroying such evidence as a tape revealing that Luthor (at least) attempted to kill Sasha Green. With some more help from her contact, who is eventually revealed to be Dr. Gretchen Kelley, Lois manages to prove to Stern and Perry the truth about the cloned Luthor and also expose his work at discrediting Lois. She also uncovers Luthor's insane plan to detonate bombs all over the city (dying from the Clone Plague, Luthor has decided to take Metropolis down with him.) With Metropolis erupting into a battleground, Lois retreats across the river with the other Daily Planet staffers even as Luthor launches several missiles into the heart of the city, destroying most of the major buildings--including the Daily Planet itself. Lois is saved from being crushed by the Daily Planet 's globe by Superman.[33] Lois decides to remain in Metropolis and tough it out, helping Superman during his fight with Massacre and meeting the Riot Grrrls.[34]

After Zero Hour, Clark is targeted for several hits, some of which look like accidents. Lois insists that Clark find out who is trying to kill him, but the bad guy makes himself known by attacking Lois and Clark at his apartment--Conduit, whom Clark discovers much to his horror is really an old friend from Smallville, Kenny Braverman.[35] When a body is discovered in Superman's tomb, Lois temporarily has her doubt that the living Man of Steel is the original, but all is set to right when the body turns out to be an illusion created by Brainiac.[36]

The Death of Clark Kent

Lois, Clark, and Jimmy went to Washington D.C. for a reporter's convention. While there, they were all three attacked by thugs hired by Arclight, who had a grudge against all reporters. Lois was alone when Agent Liberty saved her from an attack and she insisted on tagging along with him for the story. Even with Superman's help, Arclight managed to escape, vowing revenge against all reporters. Arclight would turn up in Metropolis a few weeks later, however, and working with Jimmy, Superman was able to apprehend him. However, when Perry used Ron Troupe's story instead of Jimmy's, Olsen quit the Daily Planet.[37]

Thanks to a villain named Shadowdragon, Conduit learned that Superman and Clark Kent were one and the same. Enraged, Conduit decided to come after not only Clark, but everyone he cares about. Lois managed to elude him at first, but he managed to track her down and detonate a bomb even as Superman was rushing to the scene. Superman was lead to think that she had died, but the ever resourceful Lois had managed to escape the trap.[38] With Conduit also thinking she was dead, Lois managed to keep one step ahead of his operatives as she tried to track down Clark and his parents, who had gone into hiding. During her search, she met Shadowdragon himself, who told her that he had purged all of Conduit's information on Superman and also that Jimmy Olsen was alive but taken by Conduit. Lois finally manages to track down the Kents outside Fawcett City. When Clark expresses a feeling that he might have to give up being Clark and just be Superman, Lois managed to convince him to change his mind after showing him how much he would be missing.[39]

Before and after their run from Conduit, Lois was on the case of a serial killer named Saviour.

Shortly after returning to Metropolis, the Alpha Centurion arrives in the city for the first time. Superman is uneasy around him, however, having met an alternate version of him back during Zero Hour. In that alternate timeline, Lois was involved with the Centurion, so Clark found himself jealous when the real one turned up as he liked Lois too. Clark stopped him from rescuing her when she was trapped by a flaming tanker, as he thought both Superman and Clark were in love with her. He was angry but respectfully stepped aside for Superman, knowing Lois meant a lot to him. Clark remained jealous of him as he had an eye for her, though she stated they weren't in the same timeline he met the other one in.[40]

Trial of Superman

When Superman was kidnapped by by The Tribunal, Centurion kept the information hidden for fear of the underworld being encouraged, though he told Lois about it. She went to his ship to find the location of the Eradicator but was annoyed by his repeated advances.[41] Centurion quickly put together a Superman Rescue Squad with Steel, Superboy and Supergirl. When he slyly suggested having sex with him in return for not revealing that Superman had been abducted, he earned a slap in return and quickly departed.[42] Superman was successfuly rescued and Lois was emotional upon learning it, saying she knew he will come back because he's Superman but sometimes missed the Clark Kent part a lot.[43]

Things then become very strained between Lois and Clark. More and more, Clark finds little time for Lois, spending much of his time as Superman. Compounding matters are when Lori Lemaris shows up in Metropolis. Lois was a little put off by the beautiful Lori, despite the fact that she was really a telepathic mermaid as Clark had never told about her nor their relationship in the past. Against her better judgment, Lois decided to let Lori live with her for a while. The Guardian meanwhile wanting to turn over a new leaf as friends, apologizing for his earlier behavior. She forgave him and scheduled a meeting at her home for details how Superman was rescued. Meanwhile, [44] Lori later revealed to Lois that Clark once asked her to marry him in the past, upsetting her about him never mentioning it and the many other secrets Clark had kept from her. She is later shocked to see the two kissing. Lori apologizes and Clark states it's okay, stating he doesn't always know his impulses either and thinks that no one saw it.[45]

Things took a turn for the worse when Lois was poisoned by the Joker in an insane plot to get Superman to murder him. Thanks to Batman, Superman does not kill Joker, even if it means the death of Lois. Regardless, she pulls through, as it was all just a sick joke on the part of the Clown Prince of Crime. Lois is very shaken by this, however, unsure of how she feels that Superman would not kill even to save her life. She states that she is not concerned about Lori, but he is always busy in being Superman and was ready to let her die. When Clark again tries to rush off to an emergency instead of listening to her, Lois breaks off their engagement and hands him back her ring.[46] While investigating the mob's connection with the fishing union, the Guardian gives her a ride home and asks about her and Kent breaking up. Later Lois loses her friend Jeb when he tries to rescue her, not knowing she had planned her kidnapping so the police could expose the mob. This caused her a great grief as she knew he really cared for her and she had lost him along with Clark.[47]

Despite Clark's best efforts, Lois remains adamant that she won't marry him. Even Mister Mxyzptlk is unable to get them back together, doing everything in his considerable power to try.[48] His antics do allow Lois to think about things, and to stop placing all the blame on Clark. The two of them fly to Mt. Fuji to have a long talk, where she tells him that Superman will always be needed somewhere. Superman offers to give up being as superhero for her, but the surprised Lois stops him. Even as they're speaking Superman gets a call to help save some astronauts, he feels hesitant but Lois tells him to help them. As he flies off she thinks to herself how much she wishes to have a normal and happily married life with him, but that isn't possible. She later finds her own way back home.[49]

Quest of Lois Lane

Clark repeatedly tried to convince her to come back but she declined it and eventually she started ignoring him so he'll get the message, though she knew it was rough. She tells Lori that she didn't want him to shirk his duties, but wanted to be a partner he valued and would count on. Further difficulties would strike as the Team LexCorp armor suits would be secretly overridden by Lex Luthor to attack civilians at a NASA gala. The operators of the suits were also killed and the guilt-ridden Alpha Centurion who commanded them, decided to permanently leave Metropolis. He talked to Lois and stated he wished things could have been different between them. She kissed him goodbye, knowing he cared for her and felt weird that she would miss him. She then decided to investigate LexCorp's role in it, thinking the public needed to know the truth.[50][51]

While investigating LexCorp, Lois begins some digging on the Contessa Erica Alexandra del Portenza, the CEO of LexCorp ever since Luthor's fall from power and subsequent flight from the law, and learns that the Contessa and Luthor are not only secretly working together but that they plan to marry as well. Unfortunately, Jimmy Olsen, recently hired by GBS after quitting the Planet, steals the scoop right out from under her.[52]

Lois continues to get more angry as the days go by, having a bizarre transformation into an "angry feminist" personality, yelling at Superman no matter what he tries to do (rescuing her, not rescuing her, etc.). Finally deciding that she just needs some time away from everything, she takes a job as a foreign correspondent and leaves Metropolis after seeing everyone one last time--a heartsick Clark sees her off at the airport.[53]

The Wedding and Beyond


The Wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane

Lois returned, however, and decided to accept Clark's wedding proposal. Curiously enough, much like when Clark proposed to Lois he was powerless, when they got married he was also lacking his super abilities, this time because of the recent The Final Night. Lucy Lane and Jimmy Olsen were the Maid of Honor and Best Man. Lois got into a fight with her dad during the rehearsal dinner, prompting him to almost not come, but he showed up at the ceremony just after it began. Also, Batman surprises the couple with a wedding present by allowing them to lease a spacious apartment at 1938 Sullivan Place (owned by Bruce Wayne) in Metropolis.

Lois decided to keep her maiden name, going by "Ms. Lane." Her sister Lucy gave her a wedding present in the form of ticket to Hawaii. While in Hawaii, they were attacked and Clark was kidnapped, prompting "Mrs. Superman" to go after him.[54] Going commando (literally) Lois managed to track down her husband and single-handedly rescue him from a den of terrorists.[55]

The week before the wedding, Clark had been approached by Maxima with another offer to be her mate. Realizing he was powerless, she flew off in disgust. Once Superman got them back, however, shortly after the honeymoon, Maxima returned and made her offer again. When Superman turned her down again — this time with a very good reason — she actually attacked him, but he was able to drive her off.[56]

When a man who looks like Clark is murdered outside the Daily Planet building, Lois and Clark begin their own investigation — and discover that Intergang is back![57]

Things rarely stay "normal" for long when you're married to Superman. Clark had just gotten his powers back when suddenly they begin to go haywire. Lois goes with him on a trip to the Fortress of Solitude, but the situation only gets worse as he seems to begin to phase in and out of reality.[58] As his situation worsens, the Atomic Skull escapes custody and kidnaps Lois, thinking she is really his long lost love, Zelda. Working with the SCU, Lois is able to help Superman defeat the Atomic Skull, but the two of them wonder if Superman will ever be the same.[59] Superman continues to transform into pure energy, but at the last second, some suspicious help from Lex Luthor and the Contessa allow him to stabilize his condition, leading to his phase as Superman Blue.[60] Now an energy being as Superman, he transforms into a perfectly human Clark Kent (which means he is perfectly vulnerable) and Lois has to help him work on it.

Things get strained, however, when Superman is split into two beings: a Superman Blue and a Superman Red.


After Superman was restored to normal, he was drawn into a plot by the villain Dominus to try and find Kismet. Dominus altered Superman's perceptions of reality, causing him to live in four different time periods: the 1940's, 1960's, late 1970's, and the distance future. Lois existed in each of these, of course, and was just as strong willed and determined as ever. In one of the realities, as Superman and Lois battle the Nazis in WWII, they kiss--and their kiss breaks through the illusions of Dominus's power.[61] Superman still has to continue the battle against Dominus, but he eventually is able to get back to the right reality and defeat Dominus...or so he thinks.[62]

Lex Luthor decides to be more vindictive. He buys the Daily Planet, which was recently struggling for money, and subsequently shuts it down, firing everyone but Lois, Jimmy, and two others, whom he transfers to his new company, LexCom.[63] Luthor has no room for traditional journalism, however — the job at LexCom involves scouring the Internet for stories as they happen and posting them together on LexCom's website. Lois is miserable, but Luthor uses the elevator system in the LexCom building to keep her from going out and doing any real journalism.[64]

The day they took the globe down from the Daily Planet, Lois discovered that her sister was pregnant and that Ron Troupe was the father (she was somewhat relieved it wasn't Jimmy Olsen).[65]

Superman soon starts to act strange — believing that he is having prophetic dreams, he begins a frantic 24/7 patrol of Earth, trying to stay one step ahead of every disaster. Lois is shocked when he announces that he has to give up being Clark Kent and go to live at the Fortress. She refuses to go there with him, thinking that something is terribly wrong with her husband.[66] She joins the Kents in trying to talk some sense into him, but they are as unsuccessful as the rest of the Justice League and the Superman family.[67] As Superman continues to go farther in his obsession to keep the world safe, building an army of Super-Robots to help him patrol the earth, Lois writes a scathing article denouncing this change in his attitudes, citing that the last thing the world needs is a "Superman Rex."[68] As Superman and his army continue to go out of control, Lois decides to take matters into her own hands. With some help from STAR Labs, she ventures to the Fortress of Solitude, arriving and discovering that it has grown substantially and has incredible defenses. As the JLA and the U.N. battle Superman and his robots on the outside, Lois manages to get inside the Fortress.[69] Tearfully, she confronts her husband on what he's become, and after kissing him, Superman seems to come out of a trance and realize the depth of his mistakes — he was being manipulated by Dominus all along![70] After a long hard fight, Superman manages to win the day, returning his life to normal (for him) at long last, much to Lois's joy.[71]

However, Superman's reputation has been tarnished, with many people feeling they can either no longer trust him or that he is not the same old Superman. Lex Luthor offers to allow Lois to host an interview with Superman, giving him the opportunity to explain himself. Lois realizes, however, that Luthor had planned on releasing Metallo into Metropolis while Superman was doing the interview, making him look even worse for not being there to save the day, so Superman has to cancel the interview.[72]

Lois is shocked when Lana Lang and her then husband Pete Ross show up with an infant — not so much them having a baby, but the fact that they named the baby Clark Peter Ross. Clark had failed to mention that they named the baby after him, which obviously caused Lois discomfort. Even Pete told her he understood if it felt like they had taken a namesake away from Lois and Clark.[73]

Day of Judgment

Superman is called to literally go into Hell with other heroes to help reignite the fires that have been put out by Asmodel. While in Hell, Superman's soul is separated from his body (which is then possessed by Neron) and Lois is captured by the Silver Banshee. Superman is made to endure a series of nightmarish realities, the commonality in all of them being he is without Lois. Luckily, their love proves too strong, and Superman is able to free his soul, free Lois, and return to Earth and the good fight.[74]

New Secrets, New Lies

Shortly before the end of 1999, Lex Luthor inexplicably sells back the Daily Planet building for $1. Everyone is hired back as the grand old newspaper is restored--Clark is assigned foreign correspondent and Lois gets her job on the city beat again. No one but Lois knows the real reason why Luthor sold back the Planet--she made a deal with him, bring it back, and she would bury one story of his choosing (no matter what it was). Lois kept this secret from everyone, even Clark, reversing the traditional dynamic of the two.[75]

Lois is in Metropolis when Brainiac 13 upgrades the city during Y2K. During the upheaval, Lois saves the life of baby Lena Luthor. Lex indicates that he might consider dropping their "deal" in gratitude, but Lois refuses this offer, angry at the insinuation that she only helped the daughter to gain a favor with the father.[76]

After Y2K, Clark spends some time in Smallville with his folks, trying to hide the fact that Lois has been acting very cold lately. No matter what he does, Lois continues to grow distant and even hostile towards him. Even a vacation to a distant planet where the depth of his love for her is revealed does not help, nor does any advice from Perry or Jimmy. A confrontation at home causes Lois to attack him--knocking him clear out of a window. Superman realizes then that it is not the real Lois. A running battle reveals that it is actually the Parasite, whose powers have been altered. He touched Lois during Y2K, finding out the truth, and had been disguised as her ever since. He had to keep her alive in order to keep up the disguise, however. During the battle, Parasite collapses, having contracted through Superman whatever malady had recently been affecting Big Blue. He dies before he can reveal where Lois is located.[77]

Superman, who had in fact been ill since just after Y2K, begins to grow steadily worse. As he literally begins to glow green from his illness, Superman turns to Batman to track down his missing wife. Batman is successful, but the weakened Superman collapses just as they find her hidden in a cave outside Metropolis.[78] Superman is rushed to STAR Labs for treatment, where John Henry Irons, Superboy, and Supergirl are shrunk by the Atom so they can go into Superman's body and destroy a Kryptonite based tumor. While they are busy, La Encantadora shows up, saying that she was the one who planted the poison in Superman during their first meeting--and that Deathstroke has been hired to finish her so she can't help out. During his fight with her, he stabs Lois in the chest, and only through the efforts of Supergirl and 'Dora is Lois saved--and her presence gives Superman the force of will to recover as well, once the tumor has been beaten. Lois and Clark enjoy a passionate evening to make sure he's fully recovered--the Man of Steel is back.[79]

After months of delays and pressure from her family, Lucy Lane and Ron Troupe were finally married in a small ceremony during Lucy's ninth month of pregnancy (Lois and Lucy crashed Ron's bachelor party, hiding in the giant cake). Lois is with Lucy when she gave birth a few weeks later.[80]

President Luthor

Lois was as annoyed as everyone else at the Daily Planet when Lex Luthor was elected President of the United States. To make matters worse, he named her father, Sam Lane, as his Secretary of Defense, further straining the relationship between father and daughter.[81]

Lois then investigated who hired La Encantadora to poison her husband. The trail first led to Africa, and she took Jimmy Olsen along with her. She had to match wits with an assassin called the Scarlet Scythe, but luckily he was a pushover.[82] Lois discovers that the man responsible for the hit is from Pokolistan, a small former Soviet satellite state, but is attacked by Kancer before she can disclose this to Superman--but he learns it anyway. Before his investigation can begin, Superman has to rescue Lois from an alien pastiche of the Borg. After Superman decides to go to Pokolistan alone, Lois assembles Supergirl, Superboy, and Kelex, wearing Steel's armor, to tail Superman there and back him up. The backup is needed to fight against Kancer and Ignition--especially when an armored "general" shows up and breaks Superman's jaw with a sucker punch. The super-team withdraws, and Superman admits to Lois that as soon as he saw the "general" he knew that he was responsible for his poisoning and for Kancer--and that Superman was afraid.[83]

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Lois also got an opportunity to talk with Wonder Woman in the form of a long interview that began with an around the world tour and that ended in a round of pool in Suicide Slum. Lois, having been jealous at times towards the Amazon Princess due to her closeness to her husband, took the opportunity to clear the air somewhat. She explained that it's difficult with Diana seeming so perfect and the whole world being convinced that the two must be an item. She gets a look into Diana's personal life and realizes that she's not perfect, but her highest quality is that she is able to love others despite their shortcomings. Lois also learns that Diana stayed with Clark in Asgard for a thousand years but he only loved her. Diana admits she had feelings for Superman and regrets not acting on it in past. She states that he is her best friend to which Lois replies that he is her best friend too. She maintains that the two of them are and will always be just close friends, regretting that she won't ever be so with Lois too because she hates her. Lois tells her she doesn't and assures that she respects and trusts her, leading to the two becoming close friends.[84] Diana later looks out for them both and often reminds Superman to go to her instead of remaining busy in his duties as they need each other.[85][86][87] Lois was caring towards her at times as well, including when she underwent emotional problems due to Hippolyta's death or her killing of Max Lord.

Our Worlds at War

Soon the world comes under invasion again, and this time Superman is needed more than ever to defeat the coming of Imperiex. An alien armada, lead by Darkseid, arrive at Earth to make a last stand against the Destroyer of Galaxies. As battles erupt across the globe, Lois makes her stand at the White House. When Hippolyta dies, and Superman thinks it is Diana and rushes to her side, he is not able to hear Lois's calls for help as the White House comes under attack--and she has to watch as her father sacrifices his life to save the capital. Despite their often rocky relationship, Lois is devastated at the loss of her father.[88]

Sam Lane gets a full state funeral. Afterwards, Lois comes with Clark back to Kansas, where the farmhouse has been destroyed and the Kents are both missing. With so much death and destruction, Superman is forced to wonder if they really won the war.[89] Lois stays with Clark as he rebuilds the farmhouse--luckily, Ma Kent turns up alive and well and a few weeks later, so does Pa. Lois tells Clark that she has decided to take some time off from work to travel the globe with her mother, who needs her daughter very much and asks that he allow her some temporary space.[90][91] Lois and her mother travel extensively throughout Europe, including Rome and Venice. This prompts more than one person back home to wonder if there is trouble between Lois and Clark. Clark tells Perry that they're not separated but rather Lois is on a trip to reconnect with her mother. He states he's neither in denial, knowing that she wanted space since her father was dead and his was alive, so he agreed.[91]

Clark actually manages to catch up with her more than once throughout her vacation and spend some quiet time, which he states is more than what they sometime get to spend back home. In Vienna, Lois decides to dye her hair black.[92] Lois messages Clark thanking him for his support, stating she feels bad for going in the vacation. She however also complains that she isn't getting the space that she asked for and tells him to stop trying to hear her, though she feels bad about it.[93] As she and Ella decide to head back home, she states that she doesn't want to and wonders if she and Clark hate each other. Ella states that she stuck by Sam because they could solve any problem together and real marriages can last through any difficulty. Lois admits to Clark that she was actually away with her mother because she still held him responsible for her father's death. But she stated that the two could work through it together and needs him, promising to not leave again.[94]

Lois then gets on the trail of President Luthor, as she suspects that he knew about the invasion before hand but said nothing. Amanda Waller sends the remnants of her Suicide Squad to try and scare Lois off. Hope comes to her and tells her that Frank Rock, who apparently died during the War, could have given her the proof she needed. All Hope can tell her is that Luthor must have known about the attack on Topeka beforehand because Brainiac 13 warned him well in advance about Imperiex. When Lois gets home, President Luthor is there--and demands that she live up to the deal they made and bury that story. She then confesses everything to Clark. Deciding to beat the devil by his own rules, Clark writes up the story instead of Lois. However, this promptly results in his being fired by the Daily Planet when he can produce no evidence (even a mindscan from Martian Manhunter comes up negative on Luthor). Clark is not really fired, however, as Perry keeps him on undercover to continue to investigate Luthor.[95]

Attacks At Home

Superman is approached by a group of gods who offer to elevate him to godhood so as to help them better understand the modern world. Across town, Lois is being interviewed a young journalism student who questions her about Superman and her father's death. Lois admits that it's hard to truly understand her husband sometimes, given how much power and responsibility he wields. When asked if she could be a goddess of something, Lois responds after a minute of thought by saying "the goddess of integrity." The student transports her to the other gods and Lois is made into one of them. Lois, half crazed with so much raw power, attacks the gods, who are now revealed to be demonic deities. She leaves Superman to battle them and goes to her father's grave, thinking about how she could resurrect him now that she has so much power. Wonder Woman is on scene, calmly talking to Lois about why she would do such a thing, and talking to her about how so much godly power often corrupts. After Superman defeats the evil gods, he finds Lois at the cemetery, and after rejecting her power in her heart she reverts to normal.[96]

Ending Battle

Manchester Black, longing for revenge against the Man of Steel, decides to hit him where he knows it will hurt the most. Using his vast mental abilities, Black is able to either control or convince nearly all of Superman's enemies to attack Clark Kent's relatives and friends, kick-starting an event known as Ending Battle. Lois is attacked at the Daily Planet by Evil Star. Superman removes her from the building, quickly explaining the situation, and asks her to implement a plan they talked about. Lois begins making phone calls, disguising her voice and referring to herself as Superman's Security Coordinator, rounding up dozens of Clark's friends and family members at Steelworks. With them safe, Superman can go on the offensive. Lois eventually can't stand the wait and leaves, heading first to the apartment, but there she is caught by Manchester Black himself. Black tortures her both physically and psychologically--he shows her images of her father severely beating her, as well as Superman and Diana sharing an embrace. When Superman finally defeats Black's legion of villains, he races to the apartment--but Lois lies dead at Black's feet. Superman fantasizes about killing Black, but refuses to do so, saying that if he did it would not bring Lois back--it would only disgrace her memory and change himself into Black. Stunned, realizing that Superman really is who he says he is, Black dispels the illusion--Lois was not dead, Black wanted Superman to kill him and realize his error afterwards. Lois and Clark hold each other for several days, at the end of which Lois assures him that he did the right thing, and that it was time to get back to work.[97]

Clark's zeal with investigating Luthor soon turns almost into an obsession, prompting Lois to fear that "Clark" is losing himself in his pursuit to bring down the President.[98] Despite his work undercover as Clark and Superman, he still manages to share an evening with Lois at Valentine's Day (after Lois outsmarts an unscrupulous businessman, Funky Flashman).[99]

Naturally, Lois is a bit distressed when a young woman calling herself Supergirl shows up in Metropolis claiming to be Superman's daughter--actually, she's very put out. Her shock is only made bigger, however, when Cir-El claims that she is from the future and that Lois is her mother.[100] Superman confronts the girl, who argues that she is his daughter with Lois, and that her name is "Cir-El". Cir-El says that she is from the future, brought to the past by the Futuresmiths. When Superman encounters the Futuresmiths, they show him a horrific future, with robotic monsters attacking civilians, and he sees himself as a cybernetic Superman attacking civilians as well. The Futuresmiths tell him that Cir-El's death will prevent this future, and as they turn to attack her, Superman flies her to safety. S.T.A.R. Labs confirms that she is his daughter, but that Lois is not her mother. Regardless of her identity, Superman comes to regard Cir-El as family. She later prevents herself from being born to prevent this future from happening.

Last Son

Since their marriage, Clark and Lois continue to keep a strong relationship. They recently took the 'next step', in adopting a newly arrived Kryptonian boy, who they name Chris Kent. The boy is discovered to be the son of Jor-El's arch-foe, General Zod. Although initially uneasy about raising a super-powered boy, Lois has shown immense aptitude of being 'Mommy Lois'. However, following a devastating battle with Zod, Chris sacrificed himself to seal the Phantom Zone rift, trapping himself inside with Zod's forces, leaving Lois without her son.

Final Crisis

During the Crisis, Lois and Perry are caught in an explosion triggered by Clayface destroying the Daily Planet, and seriously injuring Lois. Only Clark's heat vision is keeping her heart beating. Clark is visited by a mysterious phantom who insists that he must depart Earth immediately if he is to save his wife's life. the female Monitor Zillo Valla stops time around Lois, allowing Superman to leave her side for a while, recruiting him and several of his multiversal doppelgangers in a mission to save the entire Multiverse, promising immediate care for Lois. After facing off against the dark Monitor Mandrakk, Superman brought back a distilled drop of The Bleed, and administered it through a kiss, restoring her to full health. Lois was later seen as one of the few still free humans. When Superman reveals his plan to use the Miracle Machine to reconstruct the multiverse as it was before Darkseid's ascension, Lois, Supergirl, and Jimmy send a rocket through time as a time capsule, containing mementos of their Earth in case the Miracle Machine doesn't work. Later, Lois gives Superman a good luck kiss before he activates the Miracle Machine. Superman's plan works and the multiverse is saved.

World Without Superman

After the events following the appearance of 100,000 Krptonians on Earth, Superman must leave the planet for a undetermined amount of time. Swearing off his earthly connections in the eyes of his fellow Kryptonians in order to keep an eye on General Zod. Though he secretly tells Lois that he still considers her his wife and will come back to her. Lois reunites with Christopher Kent, who had aged to adulthood in the past months and became the new Metropolis hero Nightwing. She also got a chance to speak to his partner Thara Ak-Var, the new Flamebird, on the two's (possible romantic) relationship.[101]

Lois heard that her sister Lucy Lane was killed during battle with Supergirl, when Supergirl and Lana visit Lois's apartment to tell her the bad news. Lois doesn't believe that her sister is dead and refuses to accept the news until she has irrefutable proof. Supergirl is very apologetic, but Lois wants nothing to do with her right now. Before kicking her out, Lois asks Supergirl for a recovered piece of Superwoman's costume.[102] Superman briefly returns to Earth to pursue a criminal from Krypton. Lois tells him about their son's return.[103]

Lois hands her exposé in, and soon the government are after her for treason. With agents on her tail, Lois makes a mad dash for it. When Lois is in custody and awakens, her father Sam Lane is there to greet her in an interview room in an unnamed facility. Although Lois is happy to see her father alive her love soon turns to anger when she realizes Lucy was fully aware of her actions and Kara was telling the truth. Sam tells Lois the only reason he's being this lenient with her is that she is his daughter. He threatens to make her disappear forever, never to see the light of day again, where not even Superman could save her, if she continues. He tells Lois, he does love her but the planet will always come first over his family. Lois returns to the Daily Planet under cover of night and explains all to Perry. Lois points out that the whole paper is at risk and everyone connected to it if her exposé runs. Perry understands and though he must protect the paper he is first and foremost a good journalist and nudges Lois in the right direction; he refuses to run the story but notes the story must get out to the people somehow. Enlightened, she quits the Daily Planet, as Lois gets her edge back.[104] However, it was later revealed that Lois never really quit the Daily Planet.[105]

War of the Supermen

Lois finds out that her father's forces destroyed New Krypton. However, Lucy kidnaps her and takes her to her father's secret base.[106] There, Lois argues with her father, saying that the Kryptonians think of him as a genocidal maniac. In the war between New Krypton and Earth, Supergirl finds them and threatens to kill Sam. Lois stops her, saying that her father will be judged for his war crimes. However, Sam takes a gun and commits suicide. In the aftermath, Lois tells Superman that the entire world still believes her father to be a hero, so she will write an article about her father's war crimes.[107]

Later, Lois visits the imprisoned Lucy and talks with her.[108] She expresses disbelief on what her sister has become. Lois says that while she will not miss her father, she will miss her sister.[109]


Superman begins a journey through America to reconnect with the American people, and Lois, though confused at first, supports his choice. Lois later travels to Rushmark, where Superman is supposed to make an appearance. There, she finds Brian, a old college friend. Brian invites her to have dinner with him and his wife Huong. There, Lois admits she has been having doubts about her current life. Later, she catches Brian and Huong having an argument, so she leaves and is met by Superman. The two reaffirm their love to each other and go to Chicago.[110] There, Lois helps Superman arrest a violent father that has been attacking his wife and son.[111]

Later, Lois and Superman investigate a factory in Des Moines. The workers are responsible for dumping waste in the river. However, if the factory is shut down, many people in Des Moines will lose their jobs. Lois wants to publish an article, which would reveal the workers' illegal activities, but Superman forces her not to. Feeling betrayed, Lois returns to Metropolis and does not speak to Superman for a while.[112]

On a trip to Seattle, Lois is kidnapped by Lisa Jennings, a woman who wants to destroy Superman.[113] However, Superman rescues her and takes Jennings to a hospital so she can receive medical attention. With the danger over, Superman apologizes to Lois about what happened in Des Moines. However, Lois replies that she wrote the article anyway, saying that she was reporter before she was his wife. Knowing that his wife did the right thing, Superman kisses her. The two then return home.[114]


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This section of the history takes place during Convergence, a massive crossover event revisiting characters from past eras and realities. The villains Brainiac and Telos plucked them from their own timeline and stored them together, causing them to cross over into each others' reality. Its precise chronological placement and canonicity may be unclear.

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Superman and Lois finally have a son.

Two separate versions of Lois, her pre-Zero Hour and post-Zero Hour self are taken to Convergence by Brainiac and Telos and are trapped for a year.

Her per-Zero Hour self encounters Superman of Earth-22 and Pre-Zero Hour Superboy. She is accidentally injured when Superboy smashes a rock over Superman's head and is hit by a fragment. She is rushed to the hospital by Earth 22 Wally West.[115]

Meanwhile, at some point after the Reign of the Doomsdays, Clark impregnated Lois with his child and they traveled to Gotham City. Unfortunately, the villain Brainiac stole Gotham City and put it under the custody of Telos the Living Planet. The dome also causes all superhumans to lose their powers, including Clark. During the course of a year, Clark fights crime in Gotham as a masked vigilante with Lois' help. The dome around Gotham disappears and Clark regains his powers, enabling him to be Superman again. While Superman goes off to explore the land beyond Gotham's outskirts, Lois suddenly encounters the Superman of the Flashpoint universe, who insists Lois to come with him.[116]

The alternate Superman takes Lois to the Batcave of the alternate Batman. Fortunately, her Superman takes out his alternate self and convinces Batman to help him deliver their son. After a few hours, Lois gives birth to a healthy boy and the new parents name him Jonathan Samuel Kent.[117]

Unfortunately, a chain of events puts all of reality in danger, so Booster Gold and his allies release the only person who can stabilize the multiverse: Brainiac. Coming to regret his evil deeds, Brainiac attempts to save reality but he cannot do that unless a group of heroes travels to the past and prevents the First Crisis from happening in the first place. Supergirl, the Flash and Hal Jordan accept that mission, and Superman and his family come along to help them.

The actions of Lois and her friends are unknown, but their efforts in averting the First Crisis are successful and ensure the rebirth of the multiverse,[118] after which she, Superman and Jonathan returned to Earth and resumed their lives.[119]

Life on Prime Earth

After arriving on Prime Earth, Lois and Clark had to hide their identities since there was already another version of themselves on the parallel world. They changed their last names to White, and raised their son Jonathan in the new world. Lois worked as the mysterious Author X, writing about Intergang. They kept their son in the blind, but he caught on. When they were both tied up in a burning room, he questioned her about why Superman looked so much like his father and why the woman that exposed Superman looked so much like her. She explained it and showed him a scrapbook of her Superman working in the shadows without anyone seeing him.

Superman Reborn

After the apparent death of Superman of Prime Earth, Clark and Lois take over their counterparts' places. However, a mysterious, sinister and apparent human Clark Kent appears, claiming that he is the real Clark Kent.

That Clark Kent turns out to be Mister Mxyzptlk, who was imprisoned by Mister Oz and seeks to punish Superman for not rescuing him. Mxy also reveals that Clark and Lois were split when the Post-Flashpoint reality was born. During the ensuing battle, Pre-Flashpoint Clark and Lois merge with their Post-Flashpoint selves, and the timeline becomes unified.[120]

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This history is continued in The New 52 at Lois Lane (Prime Earth)#Rebirth.
The DC Universe was rebooted in 2011 as part of the Flashpoint event. This was an attempt to simplify continuity, and make DC Comics more accessible to new readers. Prior to this, mainstream comics took place in New Earth continuity since the Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. The continuity established following Flashpoint is Prime Earth.



  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Lois has extensive combat training: from an early age her father taught her how to fight and how to handle guns and knives; Lois later trained with the Special Crimes Unit and is a Black Belt in at least one form of martial arts. She even managed to single-handedly rescued her husband Superman from the foe Rajiv and his small militia, when he was powerless and beaten.[121][122]She was also trained by Batman who remarked that she was the fastest non-combatant learner he saw.[123]Lois has also received training from a Green Beret.[124]
  • Torquasm Rao: Allows her to tap into her instincts and separate herself from her body, allowing her to cross dimensions like Hell or the Phantom Zone. Unfortunately Torquasm Rao can be dangerous to humans and she admits she's barely a novice when using it.[125][126] [127]
  • Investigation: Lois also has extensive investigative skills owing to her long career as an investigative reporter. Like she is a reporter, she is skilled in investigating the cases she writes for the Daily Planet.
  • Journalism: Lois Lane is the best reporter in the Daily Planet. She is known to do anything to get a story even risking her own life to get it. She apparently won a Pulitzer prize for her journalistic skills.



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  126. Adventures of Superman #588
  127. Superman: The Man of Steel #107

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