Right along with Superman, the reporter Lois Lane debuted in “Action Comics” No. 1 on April 18, 1938. The character has appeared in multiple movies, television shows, comic-book series and more.
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Lois Lane is a hard-charging reporter at the Daily Planet. She’s been Superman and/or Clark Kent’s love interest for most of the years of the Superman saga, but she’s a strong and compelling character in her own right.
As far as the comics go, her appearances at times are kind of uneven. But there are definite high points. A few quick recommendations: Any Lois Lane stories by Greg Rucka; the John Byrne “Man of Steel” miniseries; Grant Morrison’s “All-Star Superman;” and the 1980s two-issue miniseries “Lois Lane” by Mindy Newell and Gray Morrow. And though they are dated, I enjoy some of Lois Lane’s early appearances in the Golden Age, when her main concern is getting the story, first and best.
Noel Neill played Lois in the “Superman” movie serials, and later reprised the role on the George Reeves TV series “The Adventures of Superman.” She played Lois Lane’s mother in a cameo in “Superman: The Movie,” and also appeared in the TV show “Superboy” and the film “Superman Returns.” In 2003, her biography, “Truth, Justice, & The American Way: The Life And Times Of Noel Neill, The Original Lois Lane” was released. In 2010, a statue with her likeness as Lois Lane was unveiled in Metropolis, Ill.
Phyllis Coates played Lois in the first season of “The Adventures of Superman” and in the 1951 film “Superman and the Mole Men.” The break between seasons one and two of “Adventures” caused her to become unavailable to reprise the role in the series’ later seasons. She also played Lois Lane’s mother in an episode of “Lois and Clark” in the 1990s.