The first and last date for a long time ...

         

Believe it or not, Clark Kent asked Lois Lane out on a date in the debut issue of Superman in Action Comics #1 (1938)

As you can see, Lois accepted, but was far from enthusiastic. Was she holding out for a hero?

     
         

Clark Kent definitely did not turn out to be the hero Lois was holding out for.

He not only didn't stand up for his date, he expected her to dance with a man she didn't want to dance with.

She can probably be thankful that dancing is all the man wanted to do.

     
         

Lois is forced to take matters into her own hands
literally as Clark cowers. At least the bully attacked Clark instead of Lois.

Though Lois had every right to be angry, readers sympathized with Clark since they were "in on the joke". Lois would have to wait another 50 years.

     
         

Lois summed up Clark's lack of appeal nicely. However, this has been an eccentricity of the comics from the beginning.

Clark seemed to desperately want Lois to love him and yet he presented himself as not only a lie, but a singularly unattractive lie as well.

     
         

Admittedly Lois Lane was no real prize in the beginning either.

The difference, of course, is that Lois was not pretending to be anyone else and expecting to be loved for that "secret identity".

      Lois Lane Meets Superman ...

... Continued

         
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