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Comics On TV: ‘Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman’

by Ryan Rigley

As anticipated, Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” soared high above the box office this weekend with a record-breaking $125 million debut, not including the additional $71.6 million grossed overseas. This, of course, makes “Man of Steel” the highest grossing film ever to be released in June, with the 18th highest opening weekend ticket sales of all time.

Superman has always been one of the most recognizable, and widely celebrated, American superheroes. Since his first appearance in 1938, the Last Son of Krypton has been featured in a countless number of comic books, video games, movies, and TV series. Since we’ve already discussed ’Smallville,’ this week’s edition of Comics on TV will focus on a different Superman series: “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”

Series Statistics
Network: ABC
Broadcast Date: 1993 – 1997
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 87

Starring Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain as Lois and Clark, respectively, “Lois & Clark” revolves around the budding relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent as well as the everyday adventures of Clark’s alter-ego, Superman Known for its campy nature and melodramatic tendencies, this Superman series was actually quite popular with its demographic and, in fact, spawned several spin-off novels aimed at young adults.

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“Lois & Clark” stuck mostly to DC Comics canon, with a few slight alterations – the most notable being Lex Luthor with hair. The series features several big Superman villains from the comic books, including Deathstroke, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Toyman, and Metallo. There’s also an episode where Lois Lane gains all of Superman’s powers via red kryptonite!

Notable Episodes

Foundling
In a similar fashion to “Man of Steel,” this episode of “Lois & Clark” sees Kal-El discovering a small globe in the remains of his spaceship which contains a message from his biological father, Jor-El. Soon, the globe is stolen by a teenage thief and eventually falls into the hands of Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor.

That Old Gang of Mine
A mad scientist by the name of Professor Emil Hamilton clones notorious criminals John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, and Al Capone. After Al Capone forces Hamilton to clone the rest of his gang, the criminals wreak havoc on Metropolis with Clark having to fake his own death as a means of protecting his true identity.

Twas the Night Before Mxymas
In this “Lois & Clark” Christmas special, a mischief-making imp from the 5th dimension, Mr. Mxyzptlk, traps the entirety of Metropolis in an infinite “Groundhog’s Day” time-loop forcing the city to relive Christmas Eve over and over again. Also, Superman learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Metallo
Guest starring Superman’s kryptonite-fueled cyborg villain, Lois’ sister’s shady new boyfriend, John Corben, turns out to be a wanted criminal. After Corben is shot during an armed robbery, Lexcorp scientists take his deceased body and turn him into an evil cyborg named Metallo.

Tempus Fugitive
Legendary sci-fi author H.G. Wells teams up with Lois and Clark in an attempt to stop a madman named Tempus, who has stolen Wells’ fabled time machine, from killing a baby Superman. This time-traveling epic of an episode sees Lois and Clark visiting the old west and also the crash-landing of Kal-El’s spaceship in Smallville.

Still not convinced that “Lois & Clark” is worth a watch? Well then, here’s a clip of Superman and Lois Lane’s honeymoon in which the two of them get busy mid-air. Caution: This clip is hotter than Superman’s heat vision!

This is Comics On TV, the column that celebrates the classic comic book TV series that blazed the trail for modern day hits like “Arrow,” “The Walking Dead” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” If you have any favorite episodes of this week’s series, let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!