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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Super-Serum Smash-Up!



At the top of the last page of our story, Lois comes out of her guilty tizzy.  After all, she murdered Superman, and then framed Lana Lang for execution for the Kryptonian's bump-off.

Suddenly she comes to.  Why, IT WAS ALL A DREAM!  Just like a bunch of DC fans from twenty years ago (1993), she says, "tell me the death of Superman didn't happen?!"  She is so afraid that what she dreamed might come true, she decides to divert from the time-line of her dream immediately, and demands an antidote to the Super-Sauce she just quaffed.

It's funny that she thinks that NOT drinking the stuff will forestall her killing of Supes and Lana.  However, remember that the way the dream took place, Lois did all her scheming WITHOUT USING HER INVULNERABILITY.  So theoretically she could STILL decide to dress up as her friend and bump off her boyfriend ...

Look at the depiction of the aliens' departing spaceship.  Of course it's a "generic" flying saucer, but it is also a dead ringer for the one seen in the Trent photographs taken in 1950 during a sighting  in McMinnville, Oregon:


Of course it also looks like a smaller version of the craft from 1956's Earth vs the Flying Saucers, too:



So, while you ponder the permeations and permutations of preposterous pie plates, let's sell some ads, shall we?


The top half-page ad is for AMT car models. Remember that these things were about $1.50.  An industrious kid could do odd jobs and earn enough cash by returning pop bottles for deposit to get at least one of these babies per month.

Being from the Great Southwest, my only exposure to Palisades Amusement Park was these ads in the comics.  It wasn't until years later that I figured out that the 1962 song by Freddy Cannon, "Palisades Park," was about the same place.

And remember the kids' song, "George Washington Bridge," sung to the tune of "Over the Waves"?  That is the bridge mentioned in the ad.



The tagline for this Trix ad, "How's Trix?", is a silly wordplay on a phrase that started out a little crude -- but referring to card tricks, not streetwalker-type tricks.

Silly rabbit!  Trix are for kids!

The bottom half of the page is this issue's only allotment of space for letters, so they only print some excerpts, with no art header or trailing mailing addresses.  I may be singular in my feelings, but I have always been charmed by the editorial tone taken in these columns.  Kid of like your big sister teaching you a new card game ... friendly and teasing, all at once.

On Friday, we'll start the second story contained in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #59.

 

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