I found a full copy of the Lois Lane comic I Am Curious (Black), which was recently referred to on BoingBoing and am sharing it with you, since:
a) I love cheese
b) I’ve recently rediscovered my old love for comic books
Here’s the whole comic, stored as a set of JPEGs in a zip file [5.1MB zip file]. If you
Why can’t we all just get along? Lois Lane decided to do a story on
what it’s like to be black in Metropolis in 1970 (that’s when the comic
was published). She goes to Metropolis’ black neighbourhood, “Little
Africa”, where she finds that everybody steers clear of honky.
Oh, that whitey!
Back in the seventies, before we had blogs, you had to find a nice
concrete block, stand on it and start ranting. “Look at her, brothers
and sisters! She’s young and sweet and pretty!” This guy says the exact
same thing Tony Pierce says in his blog!
(Of course, like me and unlike the dude above, Tony doesn’t mind the miscegenation thing.)
Because we aren’t the woman for whom Superman has the super-hots, we
would probably have to take the boring tack by say, phoning up a
community leader or civil rights activist and schedule a phone
interview or invite them down to the Daily Planet and ask them about
the black experience. Or perhaps ask a black reporter to go cover the
story (assuming the Daily Planet had black reporters in 1970).
However, Lois Lane is that woman, so she has Supes take time out of his
busy schedule to fly her to the Fortress of Solitude (his base in
Antarctica) and put her in the race-changing machine that he oh-so-conveniently happens
You must remember that this was 1970, and we didn’t have the skill for
technobabble that we do now, several Star Trek televsion series later.
“Plastimold” and “Transformoflux Pack” just don’t have the same ring as
“Warp Core” or “Structural Integrity Field”.
Wait a minute…a machine that turns you black, invented by a scientist
named “Dahr-nel”? Did he have an assistant named “Mont-el” too?
This is just too painful. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the Wayans Brothers scripted this comic.
(The “El” surname is popular on Superman’s homeworld, Krypton. His birthname is “Kal-El” and his father’s name is “Jor-El”.)
Supes takes black Lois back to Metropolis. She tries to hail a cab
driven by her friend Benny, but he passes her by, preferring to pick up
a white fare. One can imagine a young Lenny Kravitz reading this comic
and getting inspired.
(I think Lois looks much prettier as a black woman.)