Lana Lang (DC)(Earth-1)
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The lovely red-haired newscaster for Metropolis television station WGBS-TV who has been a central figure in the life of Superman. As a contemporary of the teen-aged Superman (i.e., Superboy) during their days in Smallville, she had a crush on Superboy, was alternatively friendly to, and contemptuous of, mild-mannered Clark Kent, and generally "tormented and pestered" them both in her never-ending quest for the secret of Superboy's dual identity (SB No. 10/1, Sep/Oct 1950: "The Girl in Superboy's Life"; and many others). As an adult, first as a reporter for the Daily Planet and later as a celebrated TV newscaster, she is one of Superman's best friends and Lois Lane's arch-rival for the affections of Superman. Superman has described Lana as a "beautiful woman" and as "the swellest girl I ever met... except for Lois Lane!"
Lana Lang, the daughter of archaeologist and explorer Lewis Lang and the niece of Professor Potter, grew up in Smallville, where she was in Clark Kent's class at Smallville High School. Lana's senior-class yearbook cited her as a "class wit," but Superman No. 78 describes her as "pretty, prying, and pestiferous," and draws a pointed parallel between Lana Lang's relationship with the teen-aged Superboy and Lois Lane's relationship with the adult Superman:
"Superman has had his troubles from the reckless rashness of Lois Lane - but that's nothing new to him! For years ago in Smallville, when he was Superboy, pretty, prying, pestiferous Lana Lang also used to give him headaches!"
From time to time, Lana assumes the identity of the Insect Queen, a costumed crime-fighter.
In September-October 1952, Lana Lang leaves Smallville and arrives in Metropolis. She works for a time as a reporter at the Daily Planet - and shares an apartment with Lois Lane - before moving on to a new journalistic post with the Federal Syndicate. During this time, she renews, for the first time since her teens, both her romantic interest in Superman and her determination to unravel the secret of his dual identity (S No. 78/3: "The Girls in Superman's Life"). Lana attended Hudson University (SGF #109). By January 1961 she has acquired a job as a news reporter for WMET-TV, a post that has made her a TV celebrity (Act No. 272: "Superman's Rival, Mental Man!"). Lana is sent to Europe as a Galaxy Broadcasting System European Correspondent. (SGF #109). In November 1977, Lana is hired by Galaxy Communications president Morgan Edge to co-anchor the WGBS-TV 6 P.M. newscast with Clark Kent (S No. 317: "The Killer with the Heart of Steel").
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Lana Lang was yet another creation of Bill Finger for which he got absolutely no royalties and limited remuneration. For decades, there wasn't that much money to be made off the character, of course. All that changed, however, with the coming of the TV series, Smallville, in which the character is one of the three main leads.
The adult Lana Lang was introduced in Superman #78.
First Appearance: Superboy (1949) #10
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#1 Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003)
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#1 Adventure Comics (1938)
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#560 Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
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DC Retroactive: Superman - The '80s (2011)
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DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
HC DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
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TPB DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
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#8 Justice League of America (1960)
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#17 Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
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#265 Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
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- 'The Revenger Of Steel!'#369
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- 'The Bizarro-Buster Is Loose!'#380
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- 'A Mind-Switch In Time!'#381
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- 'Where Trouble Goes--Euphor Follows'#383
- 'Your World or Your Life, Superman..One Must Die!'#384
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- 'Luthor Rises Again!'#387
- 'The Conqueror From The Past!'#388
- 'The Kid Who Played Superman!'#389
- 'Brother Act!'#390
- 'Lost On A Comet!'#390 (Newsstand Edition)
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- 'The Power And The People'#397
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- 'The Greatest Thief In The Universe!'#404
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- 'The Mystery Of The Super-Batman!'#406
- 'The Fight For The Right To Be Superman!'#406 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Fight For The Right To Be Superman!'#409
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- 'The Sleepwalker From Krypton'#410
- 'Clark Kent- -Fired!'#412
- 'Luthor- -Today You Die!'#413
- 'Superman - - Your World Is Mine!'#418
- 'The Replacement!'#421
- 'Superman Is Trapped In Imp... TV'#421 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Superman Is Trapped In Imp... TV'#423
- 'Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Part One'
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- '«L`amour est plus dangereux...la seconde fois!»'#37
- 'Le retour de Mickey Norris'
Superman Extra (1980)
Superman in "The Computers That Saved Metropolis!" (1980)
Superman Special (1983)
#3 Superman Superband (1973)
- 'Amazo Means Mayhem!'
Bd. 25 Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
- 'Der Superman der Zukunft'
#1 Superman-Batman (1966)
- 'The Origin of Superman!'
#1970-03 Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (1997)
- 'Die gefährlichsten zwanzig Meilen in Gotham City'#1974-16
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- 'Superman: Der Ursprung des Mikrowellenman'#1981-08
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- 'Superman: Frieden um jeden Preis!'#1981-16
- 'Superman/Robin: Satanischer Zombie-Zirkus!'#1982-16
- 'Superman: Der Tag, als CHEMO wiederkam'#1983-25
- 'Superman: Wo steckt Mickey Norris?'
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
#7#10#12#13 Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
- 'The Shocking Secret of Lois Lane!'#15
- 'The Super-Family Of Steel!'#17
- 'Lana Lang, Superwoman!'#21#22#23#26#28#29
- 'The Irresistible Lois Lane!'#31
- 'The Jealous Lois Lane!'#32#34#35
- 'The Amazing Brain Machine!'#36
- 'Lana Lang's Romance With Superman III!'#37
- 'Lois Lane's Wedding Day!'#40#41#42
- 'The Romance Of Superbaby And Baby Lois'#43
- 'Lois Lane - Volunteer Nurse!'#44
- 'Superman's Surprise Choice!'#45#51
- 'The Three Wives Of Superman!'#52#53#54
- 'The Monster That Loved Lois Lane!'#61
- 'Superman's Marriage Money!'#63
- 'The Satanic Schemes Of S.K.U.L.!'#64
- 'The Lawless Lois Lane!'#65
- 'The Musical Murder of Superman!'#73
- 'The Dummy And The Damsel!'#74
- 'Superman's Unbeatable Rival!'#76
- 'The Demon In The Bottle!'#79
- 'The Bride Of Titanman!'#80
- 'Get Out Of My Life Superman!'#81
- 'No Witnesses In Outer Space!'#88
- 'Through A Murderer’s Eyes!'#96
- 'The Girl Who Died For Superman!'#99
- 'Is Lois Lane Guilty?'#100
- 'Lois Lane's Last Mile!'#101
- 'The Super-Reckless Lois Lane!'#102
- 'When You're Dead, You're Dead!'#103
- 'The Devil's Bride!'#109
- 'I'll Never Fall In Love Again!'
#52#59 Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
- 'Jimmy Olsen, Freak!'#64
- 'Jimmy Olsen's Super-Romance!'#67
- 'The Dummy That Haunted Jimmy Olsen!'#80
- 'Jimmy Olsen, the Bizarro Boy!'#81
- 'The Demons From Pandora's Box!'#83#94
- 'The Kid Who Replaced Jimmy Olsen!'
#50 The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
- 'We are Gathered Here Today.......'
nn The Best of DC (1979)
- 'The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition'
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (1993)
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
The New Teen Titans (1984)
The Phantom Zone (1982)
#1 The Superman Family (1974)
- 'The Haunting Of Charlie Kweskill!'
The Superman Story (1983)
TPB Two Guns for Johnny Thunder (1982)
- 'The Superman Story'
World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'The New Superman And Batman Team!'#251#255#271
- 'The Secret Origins Of The Superman And Batman Team!'#303
- 'Night And Day!'#309
- 'The Quantum Inheritance'
Legion of Super-Heroes (DC)(Earth-0)
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