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"Superman's Rival, Mental Man!": This story is reprinted from Action Comics #272.



Appearing in "Superman's Rival, Mental Man!"

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  • "Ace" Ruggels

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Synopsis for "Superman's Rival, Mental Man!"

This story is reprinted from Action Comics #272.

Lois Lane has started a comic strip in the Daily Planet which features a super-hero named Mental Man, the strip becomes incredibly popular. Everyone is shocked when Mental Man suddenly comes to life and appears in the middle of the Daily Planet, stating that he wishes to get to know his creator, Lois Lane. After proving that he is the genuine article by showing off super-feats, Superman arrives for an interview with Perry, and arrives just as Mental Man proposes to Lois Lane. Lois tells Mental Man that she has to think it over, and get to know him better first, prompting Superman to leave.


Mental Man begins courting Lois and impressing her with his super-feats, and trying hard to upstage Superman in a bid to make her love him instead of the Man of Steel. He's soon confronted by "Ace" Ruggels who offers him a proposition. Lois cautions Mental Man in dealing with Ruggels because he is a racketeer that Superman has been trying to apprehend for years. When Mental Man meets with Ruggels and his men, he agrees to help them steal money being transported in an armored car in return for a sure fire way to get Lois Lane to fall in love with him.


Telling Mental Man that Superman's weakness is Kryptonite, and that killing him with it would make Lois fall in love with him would be the best way. Mental Man seemingly changes the Daily Planet's globe into Kryptonite, and apparently kills Superman. When Mental Man brings the seemingly deceased Man of Steel to one of Ruggels' crooked doctors, he confirms that Superman must be dead. When Mental Man uses his powers to help Ruggels and his men steal from the armored cars, Mental Man stops them and turns them over to the police.


When Ruggels accuses Mental Man of killing Superman, the Man of Steel arrives alive and well, and Ruggels and his men are arrested. Afterwards, Mental Man reveals himself to really be Aquaman in disguise. With a little help from Krypto and a lot of trickery, Superman had Aquaman help with the Mental Man hoax in order to implicate Ruggels in a crime so that they could arrest him.

Appearing in "Lois Lane's Stone Age Suitor"

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  • Blog (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Lois Lane's Stone Age Suitor"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #9.

While on assignment in Mexico City, Lois and Clark prepare to leave in a small plane. Along the way home, they are attacked by a pterodactyl. When Lois faints from fright, Clark uses his ability of flight to fly them to safety. However, has to refrain from using his super-powers and hides his Superman costume when they land and Lois revives.

They find themselves in a prehistoric valley populated by dinosaurs and primitive cavemen. When the cavemen ask if Lois is married to Clark, she flat out denies any interest in a "jelly fish" like Clark, and so the cavemen demand that she marry Blog, an ugly, fat, bald caveman. With Lois' big mouth catching her in another jam, Clark decides to live the moment up and make it hard for Lois to get out of their arranged marriage.

Blog has to succeed at three tasks to prove his worthiness and Clark secretly uses his super-powers in order to make Blog look successful. Blog "succeeds" in fighting off dinosaurs, and sabertooth tigers, however his last task is to make a fire when it starts to rain. Clark decides to help out by giving Blog a lighter to help. With the cavemen enthralled by the lighter, Clark secretly smashes an exit from the valley and he and Lois make their escape.

Thankful to be out of there, Lois wonders how Blog with fair at finding a mate. To satisfy his own curiosity, Clark looks back with his x-ray vision and finds that Blog is doing just well: The lighter making him the most popular caveman of the bunch he now has women swarming around him, impressed by the simple fire making device.

Appearing in "Lois Lane, Gun Moll"

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Synopsis for "Lois Lane, Gun Moll"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #28.

Lex Luthor creates a Lois Lane robot that makes everyone think Lois has gone bad due to a personality-changing ray, turned into the criminal Leopard Lady, and married Luthor himself, but Superman exposes the hoax, destroys the robot, and captures Luthor.

Appearing in "Lois Lane's Super-Perfume"

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  • Hugo Casimer

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Synopsis for "Lois Lane's Super-Perfume"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #11.

While Superman is off in space dealing with a lost space satellite, Lois Lane is visiting the International Beauty Show where she is offered various products that claim will give her the edge in winning over the man of her dreams. She rebukes each offer until she is confronted by Hugo Casimir, who has a perfume he claims came from a formula concocted by the legendary Cleopatra. Spritzing Lois with the perfume of the same name, Casimir claims that all men will now find her irresistible.

Meeting screen actor, the Ape-Man, Lois spends time around him and finds that the perfume has no effect on him. However, when she returns home she is visited at her apartment by Ape-Man who professes her undying love for her. Lois turns down his proposal for marriage, saying that she wants someone who has the brains to coincide with their brawn.

Spritzing herself with the Cleopatra perfume before visiting Professor Lumpe at the Universal Research Lab, Lois is once more proposed to, this time by the the professor, he too she turns down. In order to be sure that the perfume works she decides to pay a visit to Jack van Dyke, the richest man in Metropolis, aboard his yacht to see if the rich bachelor would fall for ordinary Lois Lane. Sure enough, the Cleopatra perfume works once again, and Lois turns down van Dyke as well, sure that if the perfume worked on all these other men, it would also work on Superman.

However, this is all a scam concocted by Casimir and one of his lackies who has been posing as all the men who have "fallen in love" with Lois. Casimir next plans on having his aid dress up as Superman and "fall for" Lois, so that a fake wedding can be staged so that they can make millions on the endorsement before the real Man of Steel returns from his mission in space. To their surprise however, before they can send in the fake Superman, the real one enters Lois Lane's apartment and proposes to her. Realizing that the formula actually works, the two men rush to the chemist to get large batches of the scent made.

The chemist reveals to them that he has destroy the tablet with the ingredients and has memorized them and only agrees to make the special perfume for an exorbitant amount of money. Suddenly the chemist reveals himself to really be Superman and squashes the two would be swindlers plot. When Lois enters the room to tell Casimir about her coming wedding, Superman reveals the truth and explains that he came across Casimir's plot during regular checks on Earth while he was on his mission and went back to teach him a lesson.

Appearing in "Lois Lane's Soldier Sweetheart"

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  • Edward Banning, Sr. (Single appearance)
  • Edward Banning, Jr. (Single appearance)
  • Military Police

Synopsis for "Lois Lane's Soldier Sweetheart"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #14.

Lois Lane has been working on the "Your Career" feature for the Daily Planet, where she gets a letter from a soldier. Coincidentally, Perry White is sending her and Clark Kent to cover the retirement of General Grey at Camp Jones, and has specifically detailed Lois to cover the female soldier angle by reporting on the WAC division. In the mess hall, Lois meets a soldier named Eddie Banning Jr. who has a cake prepared for her and tells her he his her biggest fan. Lois is completely put off by the young man's physical appearance and insults his cooking behind his back.

However, when the boy returns she fawns over him and asks him out on a date which makes the young man happy. Later when Clark and Lois are alone, Clark catches onto the fact that Lois is up to something. Lois points out that Eddie Banning Jr. is the son of famous movie star Eddie Banning Sr. and that she is dating the young soldier for the publicity in the hopes of making Superman jealous.

Over the course of the next few days, Lois makes dates with Eddie and attempts to try and eek out of them with one excuse or another, however Superman secretly steps in so that Eddie comes out on top. However, during other moments when Lois is away from Eddie, she constantly belittles and makes fun of him. When Eddie's fellow soldiers try to warn him of Lois' motivations, he simply ignores them.

After Lois begins to blow Eddie off too often, he sneaks out of Camp Jones to visit her at the Daily Planet. Before the military police can take him back to base, he proposes to Lois, who accepts much to everyone's surprise. Things carry on until the big wedding on the "Army Show of the Month" television program. There, Lois breaks down and admits the entire episode was a sham on national television.

Later as Eddie is flying back to base in a helicopter full of TNT, the machine experiences a failure prompting Clark Kent to change into Superman and rescue Eddie. Later, before his father, Eddie Jr. reveals that the entire episode was a sham perpetuated by both himself and Lois Lane in order to prove to his father that he has acting abilities. Eddie Sr. is impressed by his sons acting skills, and Superman gets jabbed by Lois for falling for it also.

Appearing in "The Day Lois Lane Forgot Superman"

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Synopsis for "The Day Lois Lane Forgot Superman"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #19.

A hypnotist erases Lois's love for Superman (again) and Lois goes after Clark Kent (again).

Appearing in "Lois Lane's Super-Lesson"

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  • Brainiac (Mentioned only)
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  • Oxygen Tank
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  • Shrinking Ray

Synopsis for "Lois Lane's Super-Lesson"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #28.

Lois Lane plans to make Superman jealous and induce him to marry her by pretending to accept the proposal of Rajah Bandhi.

Appearing in "The Wedding of Lois and Superman"

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  • Hector (Single appearance)
  • Mrs. Hagerty (Single appearance)
  • USAF
    • Captain Herrick
    • Lt. Brown

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  • Pittsdale Star

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  • FA-451
  • FA-957

Synopsis for "The Wedding of Lois and Superman"

This story is reprinted from Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #13.

Lois Lane is excited to return to her hometown of Pittsdale where she has been invited to attend the 100th anniversary of the Pittsdale Star, the newspaper that Lois Lane worked at before moving to Metropolis and got her job at the Daily Planet. She asks Perry for the time off and is booking her flight with her sister Lucy when she is told the unfortunate news that a low fog has prevented and flights. Overhearing this, Clark Kent zips out of the office to change into Superman and flies Lois back to her hometown.

Along the way she once more attempts to coerce Superman into marrying her, however he manages to get out of the subject when a tractor being driven by Lois Lane's father goes out of control, necessitating Superman to save him. Introduced to the Lane family, Superman stays for dinner and Lois' father invites Superman to stay for the weekend, an invite that the Man of Steel accepts, but says that he has to leave on Sunday at 6 pm. As he is staying around the Lane farm, Superman lends a hand by using his super-powers to do yard work. Afterward, Lois' father pulls Superman aside and asks him why he doesn't marry Lois. Superman explains his duty to fight crime, however as he is in the middle of explaining the situation a local gossip, Mrs. Hagerty, only hearing Superman's opinion of how great a wife Lois will make gets on the phone can the gossip spreads across town. The next day, much to Superman's surprise the local paper is reporting that Superman plans on marrying Lois Lane on Sunday.

The two are shocked to find this on the front page, but before they can tell anyone the Lane family expresses their joy of the upcoming "marriage" and the whole town comes to congratulate them. It is here that Superman and Lois learn that it was all due to Mrs. Hagerty's gossip. Before Lois can address the crowd and tell them the mistake, Superman stops her cautioning that to do so would make her family the laughing stock of the town, and decides that he will try to figure out some solution.

Try as they might to get out of the wedding, everyone from Lois Lane's old high school sweetheart, to her parents are gearing up for the wedding making preparations and delivering gifts. As the ticking clock reaches the big day, Lois is becoming increasingly frantic about Superman's lack of action on the subject. Just before the big moment, Lois asks Superman what he's done to solve the problem, to which he states that he has done nothing but make a phone call.

Sure enough as they are exchanging vows suddenly USAF aircraft begin buzzing the wedding, causing a horrible racket and interrupting the wedding. Superman tells Lois that he called her sister and told her about the problem and asked her to have USAF planes buzz the wedding. As six o'clock tolls, Superman has to leave to conduct his business at the Fortress of Solitude, leaving the scene with Lois -- avoiding their forced wedding, and her parents not made out to be fools.

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  • This book was first published on July 12, 1966.
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