Lucy Lane is the younger sister of Lois Lane. She was romantically involved with two of her sister's coworkers - Jimmy Olsen and Ron Troupe. During the War of the Supermen, she tried to get out of the shadow of her sister by becoming Superwoman for their father.
Lucy Lane, like her big sister Lois, grew up an army child under their father, Sam Lane. Lois was always more of a daredevil and a troublemaker, however. Owing to her being the younger child, Lucy was sometimes more spoiled by her strict father (or at least, he was more inclined to get over her failings).
When she was grown up, Lucy worked as a flight attendant until a hijacker threw a chemical substance in her face, leaving her blind. Depressed with her life, Lucy attempted suicide by jumping off a roof in Metropolis, only to be rescued by the first Bizarro. This Bizarro had a chalky white substance that coated his body and coming into contact with it somehow restored Lucy's sight. The Bizarro allowed itself to be destroyed, but in giving Lucy her sight back she got a new appreciation for life.
She later began dating Jimmy Olsen. The two remained together for approximately two years, but parted ways shortly after Superman's first arrival in Metropolis.
While she was still dating Jimmy, Lucy met another Daily Planet reporter, Ron Troupe. Ron was instantly attracted to Lucy, much to his embarrassment (although luckily for him, Jimmy was too thick to pick up on it). After Lucy and Jimmy's breakup, Lucy asked Ron out on a date. Ron later had to call upon Superman to help rescue Lucy from an escaped ape-like creature that had broken out of S.T.A.R. Labs. When Jimmy, on scene filming the rescue makes light of the event (as though it was just good television), Lucy punched him out.
When Lois and Clark finally decided to get married, Lucy was responsible for throwing her sister both the bachelorette party and the bridal shower. Lucy has good intentions, but Lois was a little perturbed when the theme for the bridal shower ended up being "happy homemaker." Lucy was Lois's Maid of Honor (and ironically enough, Jimmy was the Best Man).
After dating Ron for some time, Lucy ended up getting pregnant. She only told Ron after she visited an abortion clinic, getting information about all her alternatives. Ron was opposed to the abortion, and begged Lucy not to rush into anything. Lucy asked Ron not to tell anyone about the pregnancy until she settled on what she was going to do. Ron, nevertheless, ended up telling Jimmy after Ron was fired (along with nearly everyone else) as Lex Luthor bought out the Daily Planet and shut it down. Jimmy then blurted out the news to Lois, who was relieved that Jimmy was not the father. Lucy and Ron decided to keep the baby and planned on getting married. His parents took the news very well -- hers did not. Sam nearly throttled Ron and Elinore insisted that Lucy give up the baby for adoption.
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 was with Lucy when she gave birth a few weeks later.
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Lucy Lane left Superman's immediate circle of friends for many years. During this time, she did not respond well to her father's death in the Imperiex war. Trying to honor his memory, she joined the military. She appears to have left Ron Troupe and her child (or possibly history was altered by the Infinite Crisis so her relationship with Troupe never existed). Bitter and angrier than ever before, she still blamed Lois for General Sam Lane's death during the war against Imperiex. Essentially, she thought Lois broke his heart by putting her love for Superman before her duties as a daughter.
Lucy referenced her former appearances, even mentioning her "dating boys in Lois' circle" as failed attempts to live her life through her more successful sister, but she eventually choose to sacrifice her life and live the military career her father intended for Lois, driving an even deeper wedge between the two sisters.
However, unbeknownst to her, General Lane was still alive, and working with the government on projects designed to deal with Kryptonians on Earth. Lucy and her father worked together on a project that resulted in Lucy Lane gathering superhuman powers and abilities.
Lucy managed to infiltrate New Krypton under the guise of a Kryptonian that would be known as Superwoman. The exact reason Lane as Superwoman acting as liaison between the surviving Kryptonians and Earth have not been revealed. Lucy wore a super suit that was revealed to be a magical creation of Mirabai the Forlorn. The suit duplicated the abilities of a Kryptonian but protected her from Kryptonite poisoning. When Supergirl figured out that Lucy was Superwoman and that she was behind several murders the two fought. In the middle of the battle, a furious Supergirl damaged the suit, unwittingly destroying the magic containment field around Lucy that gave her superpowers. The field exploded and Lucy was presumed dead.
War of the Supermen
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After her supposed demise Lucy Lane was seen to have been resurrected and had become an amalgam of "all" the alien races whose powers were in the Superwoman suit. Lucy killed a physician with an electric blast and says she was ready for duty. Lucy abducted her sister and brought her to their father to watch the events as they unfolded. She was later defeated by Supergirl and taken into custody for her crimes.
Lucy was transferred to S.T.A.R. Labs, where Dr. Light worked on removing the alien strands from her genetic makeup. There, she was visited by her sister Lois who informed Lucy that she was cutting ties with her.
Powers and Abilities
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Superwoman possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Superwoman's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. Her biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and her bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Superwoman can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. She can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Superwoman's hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, she can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision: Superwoman's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Superwoman can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. She can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, she can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows her to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Superwomans can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. She can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived—such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans—is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Superwoman can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Superwoman is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of her dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Superwoman is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, her extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Superwoman is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on her body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Superwoman's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of her musculature. Her strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables her to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Superwoman is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to her perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Superwoman is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from her lungs. She can chill the air as it leaves her lungs to freeze targets. She can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into her lungs.
- Longevity: Superwoman can live longer than regular humans, remaining at her prime as long as she was under the exposure of the "yellow" sun.
Lucy isn't Kryptonian, hence isn't weakened by the same things that could hurt/kill a Kryptonian. Kryptonite was shown having no effect on her.
- Power Suit: Originally possessing no inherent powers, her power suit altered her DNA (via a containment field) to replicate those of a Kryptonian and as such potentially made her capable of all the same feats they possess under the yellow sun. The suit also utilized other non-Kryptonian abilities such as protecting her from the harmful effects of Kryptonite as well as stealing the life of another to resurrect herself. Since the original suit was destroyed, it is unknown if the duplicate suit possesses these same added qualities as the one before.
- Lucy Lane first appeared in Earth-One continuity in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #36 by Otto Binder and Curt Swan. She was reintroduced in post-Crisis continuity in The Man of Steel #5 by John Byrne.
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- 102 Appearances of Lucy Lane (New Earth)
- 14 Images featuring Lucy Lane (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Lucy Lane (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Lucy Lane (New Earth)
- Superman: The Man of Steel #95
- The Man of Steel #5
- Superman (Volume 2) #4
- The Adventures of Superman #475, Superman (Volume 2) #68
- Action Comics #712, 718
- The Adventures of Superman #537
- Superman: The Wedding Album #1
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #11
- Superman: Save the Planet #1
- The Adventures of Superman #562
- Action Comics #750
- The Adventures of Superman #584, 587
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #40
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #41
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #50
- Superman: War of the Supermen #4
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #53
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #58
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #59
- Supergirl (Volume 5) #38
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