Lois Lane, 1917-2011

Joanne Siegel, the Model for Lois Lane, Dies at 93 [NYT]

Joanne Siegel, The Inspiration for Lois Lane, Passes Away at 93 [Comics Alliance]


Those tits are following me around the room.

In other sad (or not?) news, Borders has declared bankruptcy and is closing a little under a third of its stores.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: A small cost for the browsing opportunities. The Santa Monica store had a decent jazz section in their CD department, back when one bought CDs.

Water falls from skies. Panic ensues. Save the dachshunds!

Wait, aren’t we supposed to hate on Borders and its ilk for overrunning indie bookstores? (Well, at least before Amazon overran indie bookstores…)

@mellbell: The Downtown Santa Fe store is closing, but not the one on the South Side (tha po side of town where I’m at). The local indie booksellers here don’t carry books on guns and hunting, and stock very little on fishing, so I’m glad I have an alternative in that regard.

@Tommmcatt is with Karin Marie on This One: I get coupons from them every other week for discounts anywhere from 15 to 45 percent on just about anything. I haven’t paid retail for a book or cd in at least a couple of years.

There’s a book on the Jewish origins of our American superheroes.

Superman was invented in 1938 Cleveland, Ohio, by Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster, Jewish immigrants’ sons. In fact, declares Rabbi Simcha Weinstein in his new book Up, Up and Oy Vey! (Leviathan, $19.95), Superman, especially in his secret identity of Clark Kent, must be Jewish, if only in spirit.

“The Yiddish vernacular has many words to describe fellows like the shy, bumbling Clark … ,” Weinstein writes. “In the comic, Clark is simply called a klutz.” Or, as Weinstein writes, Clark is “the classic Jewish nebbish.”

Superman’s origin story has obvious parallels to the Old Testament tale of Moses. A loving parent tries to save the life of a child by placing him in a basket — or space capsule — and sending him floating/blasting to safety. Found and adopted into a new family in his new world, Moses/Superman is still guided by the wisdom and counsel of his parent. He lives a double life with a secret identity. Moses eventually leads people from abuse to freedom. Superman rescues people from disasters and crime.


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