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Lana Lang (DC)(Earth-1)

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The lovely red-haired newscaster for Metropolis television station WGBS-TV who has been a central figure in the life of Superman. As a contemporary of the teen-aged Superman (i.e., Superboy) during their days in Smallville, she had a crush on Superboy, was alternatively friendly to, and contemptuous of, mild-mannered Clark Kent, and generally "tormented and pestered" them both in her never-ending quest for the secret of Superboy's dual identity (SB No. 10/1, Sep/Oct 1950: "The Girl in Superboy's Life"; and many others). As an adult, first as a reporter for the Daily Planet and later as a celebrated TV newscaster, she is one of Superman's best friends and Lois Lane's arch-rival for the affections of Superman. Superman has described Lana as a "beautiful woman" and as "the swellest girl I ever met... except for Lois Lane!"

Lana Lang, the daughter of archaeologist and explorer Lewis Lang and the niece of Professor Potter, grew up in Smallville, where she was in Clark Kent's class at Smallville High School. Lana's senior-class yearbook cited her as a "class wit," but Superman No. 78 describes her as "pretty, prying, and pestiferous," and draws a pointed parallel between Lana Lang's relationship with the teen-aged Superboy and Lois Lane's relationship with the adult Superman:

"Superman has had his troubles from the reckless rashness of Lois Lane - but that's nothing new to him! For years ago in Smallville, when he was Superboy, pretty, prying, pestiferous Lana Lang also used to give him headaches!"

From time to time, Lana assumes the identity of the Insect Queen, a costumed crime-fighter.

In September-October 1952, Lana Lang leaves Smallville and arrives in Metropolis. She works for a time as a reporter at the Daily Planet - and shares an apartment with Lois Lane - before moving on to a new journalistic post with the Federal Syndicate. During this time, she renews, for the first time since her teens, both her romantic interest in Superman and her determination to unravel the secret of his dual identity (S No. 78/3: "The Girls in Superman's Life"). Lana attended Hudson University (SGF #109). By January 1961 she has acquired a job as a news reporter for WMET-TV, a post that has made her a TV celebrity (Act No. 272: "Superman's Rival, Mental Man!"). Lana is sent to Europe as a Galaxy Broadcasting System European Correspondent. (SGF #109). In November 1977, Lana is hired by Galaxy Communications president Morgan Edge to co-anchor the WGBS-TV 6 P.M. newscast with Clark Kent (S No. 317: "The Killer with the Heart of Steel").

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Lana Lang was yet another creation of Bill Finger for which he got absolutely no royalties and limited remuneration. For decades, there wasn't that much money to be made off the character, of course. All that changed, however, with the coming of the TV series, Smallville, in which the character is one of the three main leads. The adult Lana Lang was introduced in Superman #78.

First Appearance: Superboy (1949) #10

Other Identities:
Insect Queen (Earth-1)

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Issue Appearances:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Across the Universe: DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore (2003)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
Catwoman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (2004)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crossover Classics (1991)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '70s (2011)
DC Retroactive: Superman - The '80s (2011)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Super Stars (1976)
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
Four Star Spectacular (1976)
House of Mystery (1951)
Justice (2005)
Justice League of America (1960)
La Legion des Super-Heros et les Nouveaux Jeunes Titans (1984)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Lois Lane (1986)
Marvel Crossover (2000)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Red Tornado (1985)
Roter Blitz (1976)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2007)
Superboy (1949)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1977)
Supergirl (1996)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1982)
Superman Album (1982)
Superman and Spider-Man (1981)
Superman Extra (1980)
Superman in "The Computers That Saved Metropolis!" (1980)
Superman Special (1983)
Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
Superman-Batman (1966)
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? (1997)
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (1993)
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
The New Teen Titans (1984)
The Phantom Zone (1982)
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
Two Guns for Johnny Thunder (1982)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Group Affiliation(s):
Daily Planet (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis)
Legion of Super-Heroes (DC)(Earth-0)

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