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re: Which Lois Lane came first? Superman or Kiss Me Kate
Posted by: showtunetrivia 03:00 pm EST 11/07/22
In reply to: re: Which Lois Lane came first? Superman or Kiss Me Kate? - AlanScott 01:02 pm EST 11/07/22

There were a bunch of them around the turn of the century, mostly flops because they didn’t have Victor Herbert.

HOGAN’S ALLEY (1896), based on Richard Outcault’s strip, the one featuring the Yellow Kid. This was largely a bunch of vaudeville bits thrown together.

THE KATZENJAMMER KIDS (1900), based on Rudolph Dirks’ strip, then only three years old

ALPHONSE AND GASTON (1902) based on Frederick Opper’s strip

BUSTER BROWN (1905), based on Richard Outcault’s strip that debuted in 1902–Buster and Tige became the mascots for the shoes in 1904. This one at least ran over a month!

PANHANDLE PETE (1906), based on George McManus’ strip from around then

PAINTING THE TOWN (1906), the return of “Hogan’s Alley”!

FLUFFY RUFFLES (1908): based on Wallace Morgan’s strip about a stunningly gorgeous gal getting and out of mishaps; my favorite among these, and it has early Jerome Kern

Plus we have Comden and Green in 1953, having Ruth (in 1933) asking those Brazilians their opinion of the then hugely popular comic, Harold
Teen. Harold Teen also gets mentioned by Joanne in COMPANY, which definitely lets us know she’s the oldest of Bobby’s friends.

Someday, I am tempted to do a thorough study of all these….

The person who might have been able to answer the Lois Lane question was my good friend, Comic Book Hall of Famer, Len Wein, who not only wrote for SUPERMAN, but was one of the biggest Broadway buffs around. One more reason to mourn losing him.

Laura, veteran of many San Diego ComicCons and geek to her core
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