So, a few weeks ago I read that Kurt Busiek’s favorite Superman writer was Cary Bates. Now, the only Superman that I had ever really read were a handful of the original Siegel and Shuster stories, a few OGNs, and stories from the post-COIE era. I had always been uncomfortable with the Silver Age of Comics, but when Busiek (one of my all time favorite writers) said that his favorite Superman writer was one who did the bulk of his work in this period, I knew that I had to check it out.
And what do you know? I absolutely love his stuff.
I could go on and on about why I love Cary Bates’ work, but I want to highlight one very fascinating aspect that I’ve noticed: Lois Lane is in love with Clark Kent, not Superman. By this point, Lois had given up on trying to pin Superman’s secret identity on Clark. With that dynamic gone, a new one emerged where Lois is more interested with the mild-mannered reporter than the Man of Steel.
This is evidence that Lois had moved on from her 50s phase of pining over Superman and desperately trying to marry him. Now she seems like an actual character instead of a love-struck obsessive.
In short, if you ever get the chance, read Cary Bates’ Superman stories. They are absolutely fantastic!
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