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"Lois Lane's Kiss of Death!": Three conmen named James Paxton, Jed Blanton and Pete Malloy decide to falsify their own deaths. In order to allay suspicion, they engage upon an intricate plot in the hopes of perpetuating rumors of a "Death Curse".

Quote1 I'm tired of hiding it from you, Lois! And sick of being called shy and timid! The fact is-- I am Superman! Quote2
Clark Kent

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #7 is an issue of the series Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1959.

Synopsis for "Lois Lane's Kiss of Death!"

Three conmen named James Paxton, Jed Blanton and Pete Malloy decide to falsify their own deaths. In order to allay suspicion, they engage upon an intricate plot in the hopes of perpetuating rumors of a "Death Curse".

Lois Lane is drawn into the web of intrigue, and through the criminals' manipulations, she begins to believe that she has a kiss of death. The first incident takes place shortly after Lois kisses a dog. The dog runs out into the street only to be run over by a passing car. Several citizens witness the event and begin to believe that Lois truly is cursed.

While at the television studios she meets Pete Malloy and he kisses her. Later that night Pete's plane crashed in Canada. At the bus terminal she comes upon James Paxton, unaware of his involvement in the scheme. He kisses Lois believing that Lois was his sister. On his way to Bermuda James' boat capsized at sea – or so he would have Lois believe.

Superman shows up and promises to put an end to this strange mystery. Lois kisses him, and suddenly Superman begins to fall ill. Moments later, a second Superman arrives and exposes the first Superman as the third conman named Jed Blanton. He further reveals that Paxton and Malloy are not truly dead and the three criminals are apprehended.

Appearing in "Lois Lane's Kiss of Death!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Jed Blanton (TV producer) (Single appearance)
    • (also disguised as Superman)
  • James Paxton (Single appearance)
  • Peter Malloy (sportsman) (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Queen Isis (Mentioned only)
  • Mike (Daily Planet photographer) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Reporters
    • Joe (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Men (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Fido (Dog) (Single appearance; dies)
  • News Anchor (Unnamed) (Cameo) (On a TV or computer screen) (Single appearance)
  • Daily Planet switchboard operator (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Francois (makeup expert) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Two Canadian Hunters (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Sheila Paxton (Mentioned only)
  • United States Navy
    • Skipper (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Two Sailors (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Dwight Eisenhower (Unnamed) (Mentioned only)
  • Metropolis Police Department (Mentioned only)

Locations:

Items:

  • Daily Planet Newspaper
  • Kryptonite (Mentioned only)
  • News Observer Newspaper (On a TV or computer screen)
  • Chronicle Newspaper

Vehicles:

  • James Paxton's Boat
  • U.S. Navy Ship


Synopsis for "When Lois Lane Forgot Superman!"

Lois Lane decides to forego all of her efforts to make Superman fall in love with her. Unwilling to deal with such painful emotions, she consults a hypnotist named Dr. Hyman Zweikopfen. Dr. Zweikopfen places her in a trance and removes all affection for Superman from Lois' subconscious mine.

Lois returns to the Daily Planet and discovers that she is now developing feelings for Clark Kent. Clark doesn't want to win Lois' heart under such conditions, so he tries to brush her off. When his shy demeanor fails to halt Lois' advances, he decides to act brash and belligerent. Even this fails to dissuade her however. Finally, he decides to reveal his secret identity as Superman. The experience shocks Lois' memory and she suddenly forgets everything that has happened to her – including the effects of Dr. Zweikopfen's hypnosis.

Appearing in "When Lois Lane Forgot Superman!"

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Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Killer King (boxer) (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Play Actors
    • Prince (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Cynthia (Cameo) (Single appearance)
    • Audience (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Dr. Hyman Zweikopfen (Single appearance)
  • Mrs. Winney (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Jenkins (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Three Daily Planet Employees (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Boxing Arena Crowd (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Sheriff (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)
  • Waterfront Crowd (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Girl Who Stole Superman"

Lana Lang travels from Smallville to Metropolis looking for work. Lois Lane offers to help her out, and sets her up in a position at the Daily Planet. She further allows Lana to stay with her at her apartment. Lois notices that Lana possesses a ring that Superman gave to her years ago when he operated under the guise of Superboy. Lois' feelings of inadequacy rise once again, and she finds herself competing for Superman's affections.

Superman discovers Lois' dilemma and provides her with a ring. Lana meanwhile, still harbors feelings for the Man of Steel herself, and commits random acts designed to sabotage Lois and Superman's relationship. In a rage, Lois throws away her new ring.

Lois later learns that her current rivalry with Lana is actually part of a ploy wrought by Superman. Superman discovered that the ring he had given to Lois was having adverse effects on his x-ray vision and conspired with Lana in a plan to get Lois to remove it.

Appearing in "The Girl Who Stole Superman"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:


Other Characters:

  • Three Smallville Residents (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Flashback only) (Single appearance)
  • Daily Planet Employees (Unnamed) (Cameo) (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • distant Planet (Unnamed) (Mentioned only)
  • Metropolis
    • Slums
    • Lois Lane's Apartment
    • Daily Planet
    • Daily Planet Annual Picnic
  • Smallville (Flashback only)
  • Island (Unnamed) (Single appearance)
    • Volcano (Unnamed) (Single appearance)

Items:

  • Lana Lang's Ring
  • Lois Lane's Ring (Destroyed)

Vehicles:


Notes

Trivia

  • This issue is not the last time that Lois will discover and quickly forget Superman's secret identity. In the movie, Superman II, Clark allows Lois to discover his alter ego, but later uses a super-kiss to remove the memory from her mind. He performs a similar feat in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace when he brazenly exposes himself before Lois, only to steal her memory with another hypnotic kiss moments later.


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