Superman Says The Darndest Things – Part 7

You know, I’d provide some context for this panel, but why ruin the Silver Age goofiness?

I wonder if Superman would come out looking like Will Smith if he used Dahr-Nel's machine?

I wonder if Superman would come out looking like Will Smith if he used Dahr-Nel’s machine?

Today’s bizarre example of Kryptonian medicine courtesy of Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #106 (November 1970) by Robert Kanigher, Werner Roth, and Vince Colletta.

2 Responses to “Superman Says The Darndest Things – Part 7”

  1. awritershailmarypass Says:

    Wow. 1970 was a…different… time, wasn’t it? I can’t imagine how context could possibly improve what’s going here.

  2. Lunar Archivist Says:

    Hey, it could’ve been worse. You could’ve been the Flash in 1968. That’s where this little non-PC gem came from:

    Actually, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this (well, in terms of comic book logic anyway). Lois Lane had to write a human interest story about the Metropolis neighborhood known as Little Africa, which, as you may have guessed, has a strong ethnic presence (much like the Chinatown or Little Italy neighborhoods in other major North American cities). Unfortunately, no one’s willing to talk to her because, as one guy puts it, “she’s whitey”.

    At this point, she gets the idea of using a device created by her almost-husband, the late Kryptonian surgeon Dahr-Nel, to turn her into a black woman so she can get her scoop. As goofy as the whole story is, it does preach tolerance and understanding in the racially turbulent times of the 1970s, just five years after the Watts Riots and the death of Malcolm X and two years after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. But it’s the cover and random snippets of dialogue like this that make it seem surreal and bizarre.

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