By RazzaTazz 25 Comments
Yesterday's revelation that Superman and Wonder Woman are to be a couple came as a not-so-shocking but still unpleasant development to me. This is a union that I have petitioned against time and again. It is not really true to either of their characters in my opinion. Anyway this discussion has been done elsewhere, I just thought I might share something else here which I hadn't previously, and that is one of the potential roots of this illogical pairing. Recently I have been on a bit of a golden age/silver age spree most of which has focused on Lois Lane and Rip Hunter. Lois Lane specifically was of interest to me as I have an inexplicable fascination with romance comics and this series was more romance comic than anything else. As Superman's token damsel-in-distress at the time it was illogical that she be given the opportunity to explore other dating possibilities in too much detail. In fact the longest she dated a man other than Superman was over a two part story arc, where she came running back into his arms by the end. To create some additional romantic tension though it was necessary to have someone else vying for Superman's interest. By that point in the history of comics it had only been popular since a few years to have any crossover whatsoever between comic series. By the time that Wonder Woman entered her mod years in 190 issues of her own series the only other hero that had shown up was Supergirl for two issues, and that was right before the mod girl years. In this case an obvious crossover romantic interest was Wonder Woman for Superman, and mostly because she was the only heroine at DC not already really attached to anyone (furthermore, Steve Trevor died during the mod girl years.) So some of the roots of Superman-Wonder Woman romance can be said to be actually in the romance comics genre and specifically how it related to Lois' not so serious romantic exploits. it is not really surprising though, even with the admission of the new from yesterday, most of the responses are "what about Lois?"