History ComicBook / LanaLang

11th Aug '16 8:54:08 AM narm00
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Meanwhile Lana had started to appear as an adult in ''Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane'' (while still appearing as a teenager in ''Superboy'' stories). Many Superman tales of the 60s dealt with the Lois/Superman/Lana triangle. Later, in the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks 70s and 80s]] she was Clark's co-anchor on the WGBS-TV's evening news.

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Meanwhile Lana had started to appear as an adult in ''Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane'' (while still appearing as a teenager in ''Superboy'' stories). Many Superman tales of the 60s dealt with the Lois/Superman/Lana triangle. Later, in the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks 70s and 80s]] she was Clark's co-anchor on the WGBS-TV's evening news.



ComicBook/PostCrisis with Clark's time as Superboy retconned away Lana's role was altered into being Clark's UnluckyChildhoodFriend and SecretKeeper, largely keeping her characterisation from ''Film/SupermanIII''. She appeared occasionally in the Superman stories and had a rocky few years, marrying and then divorcing fellow Smallville native Pete Ross and never quite getting over Clark. Later on she returned to prominence as a surrogate mother/big sister figure to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}.

In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} she has been a major supporting character in ''Action Comics''. Her role as one of the very few people who Superman has confided his real identity in remains secure.

Lana and Lois were caught in the blast when the current Superman died and when nova, granting them both superpowers. She's eventually takes on the mantle of Superwoman after [[spoiler: Lois dies saving her life while fighting an unknown female supervillain in ''Superwoman #1'']].

Outside of comics Lana played a major role in the TV series ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' (where she was played Stacy Haiduk), ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' (where she was played by Kristin Kreuk, but many ''Smallville'' fans would like you to forget everything about her) and the film ''Film/SupermanIII'' (where she was played by Annette O'Toole). Jadin Gould plays her in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.

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ComicBook/PostCrisis ComicBook/PostCrisis, with Clark's time as Superboy retconned away away, Lana's role was altered into being Clark's UnluckyChildhoodFriend and SecretKeeper, largely keeping her characterisation from ''Film/SupermanIII''. She appeared occasionally in the Superman stories and had a rocky few years, marrying and then divorcing fellow Smallville native Pete Ross and never quite getting over Clark. Later on she returned to prominence as a surrogate mother/big sister figure to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}.

In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} 52}}, she has been was re-imagined as an engineer, and became a major supporting character in ''Action Comics''. Her role as one of the very few people who Superman has confided his real identity in remains secure.

Lana and Lois were caught in In ''Superwoman'' #1, it's revealed that [[spoiler:when the blast when the current New 52 Superman died and when nova, granting them in ''ComicBook/SupermanSuperLeague'', the blast gave both superpowers. She's eventually takes on Lois and Lana superpowers, Lois getting Superman's classic powers, Lana getting the mantle energy powers of Superman Red and Blue. Lois convinced Lana to become Superwoman after [[spoiler: alongside her - only for Lois dies saving her life while fighting an unknown female supervillain in ''Superwoman #1'']].

to apparently die at the end of the issue.]]

Outside of comics Lana played a major role in the TV series ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' (where she was played by Stacy Haiduk), ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' (where she was played by Kristin Kreuk, but many ''Smallville'' fans would like you to forget everything about her) and the film ''Film/SupermanIII'' (where she was played by Annette O'Toole). Jadin Gould plays her in ''Film/ManOfSteel''.



* AffirmativeActionLegacy: For Superman, specifically the Superman Red incarnation from when he was split up into two energy based beings in the late 90s.

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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: [[spoiler: For Superman, Superman in ''Superwoman'', specifically the Superman Red incarnation from when he was split up into two energy based energy-based beings in the late 90s.]]



* BettyAndVeronica: Pre-crisis Lana and Lois were in a long running triangle over Superman. Broadly speaking Lana was the Betty (as the childhood friend) and Lois the Veronica (as the glamorous big city gal) but they actually had aspects of each in their characters - Lana ended up a TV reporter making her pretty glamorous too while Lois frequently showed a softer side to her personality. Post-crisis Lana is firmly in UnluckyChildhoodFriend territory.
* {{Buttmonkey}}: Tied with Jimmy as the unluckiest major character in the Superman mythos. Pre-crisis it was frequently her own fault when a scheme backfired, post-crisis she is more of a {{Woobie}} type.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: How Lois convinces her to [[spoiler: use the powers she gained from Clark's death and become Superwoman. The former tells her that she should honor Clark's memory by reminding people what his symbol stands for]].

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* BettyAndVeronica: Pre-crisis Pre-Crisis Lana and Lois were in a long running long-running triangle over Superman. Broadly speaking Lana was the Betty (as the childhood friend) and Lois the Veronica (as the glamorous big city gal) but they actually had aspects of each in their characters - Lana ended up a TV reporter reporter, making her pretty glamorous too too, while Lois frequently showed a softer side to her personality. Post-crisis Post-Crisis Lana is firmly in UnluckyChildhoodFriend territory.
* {{Buttmonkey}}: Tied with Jimmy as the unluckiest major character in the Superman mythos. Pre-crisis Pre-Crisis it was frequently her own fault when a scheme backfired, post-crisis post-Crisis she is more of a {{Woobie}} type.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: How Lois convinces her to [[spoiler: use the powers she gained from Clark's death and become Superwoman. The former Lois tells her that she should honor Clark's memory by reminding people what his symbol stands for]].



* {{Expy}}: Of Lois. She was originally introduced to be the nosey investigative love interest for a young Clark Kent. For ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' the creators created a [[CanonImmigrant new character]] (Chloe Sullivan) to fill this role as their version of Lana didn't mesh with that role, resulting in the odd situation where they had both a Lana character and a character who was for all intents and purposes an {{Expy}} of the ''comics'' version of Lana.
* HotScoop: In some continuities she is a TV anchorwoman.
* FieryRedhead: Iconically red haired (except in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'') but her fireness tends to vary depending on time period (she was a lot firer in the 50s and 60s for instance.)
* FriendshipMoment: In pre-Crisis continuity Lana was the person who stayed with the Kents during Johnathan and Martha's terminal illness and tried to keep Clark's spirits up.

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* {{Expy}}: Of Lois. She was originally introduced to be the nosey nosy investigative love interest for a young Clark Kent. For ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' the creators created a [[CanonImmigrant new character]] (Chloe Sullivan) to fill this role as their version of Lana didn't mesh with that role, resulting in the odd situation where they had both a Lana character and a character who was for all intents and purposes an {{Expy}} of the ''comics'' version of Lana.
* HotScoop: In some continuities she is a TV anchorwoman.
* FieryRedhead: Iconically red haired (except in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'') but her fireness fieryness tends to vary depending on time period (she was a lot firer more fiery in the 50s and 60s for instance.)
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: ''Superwoman'' #1, as noted above.
* FriendshipMoment: In pre-Crisis continuity Lana was the person who stayed with the Kents during Johnathan Jonathan and Martha's terminal illness and tried to keep Clark's spirits up.



* LegacyCharacter: Inherits the Superwoman legacy after [[spoiler: Lois dies in ''Superwoman #1'']].
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Pre-crisis Lana was in love with Superman (or Superboy depending on the timeframe of the story). Post-Crisis (and in ''Film/SupermanIII'') she was best friends with and interested in Clark.
* PetTheDog: The pre-crisis Lana could be plenty obnoxious at times but on many occassions she showed that beneath her often selfish exterior she was a good person.
* SecretChaser: Pre-crisis. The page image says it all.
* SecretKeeper: Post-crisis. Pre-crisis due to StatusQuoIsGod the times she learned Clark's secret she either forgot it thanks to some handy plot element or was tricked into thinking she'd misinterpreted things.

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* LegacyCharacter: Inherits the Superwoman legacy after [[spoiler: Lois dies in ''Superwoman #1'']].
HotScoop: In some continuities she is a TV anchorwoman.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Pre-crisis Pre-Crisis Lana was in love with Superman (or Superboy depending on the timeframe of the story). Post-Crisis (and in ''Film/SupermanIII'') she was best friends with and interested in Clark.
* PetTheDog: The pre-crisis pre-Crisis Lana could be plenty obnoxious at times but on many occassions occasions she showed that beneath her often selfish exterior she was a good person.
* SecretChaser: Pre-crisis.Pre-Crisis. The page image says it all.
* SecretKeeper: Post-crisis. Pre-crisis Post-Crisis. Pre-Crisis due to StatusQuoIsGod the times she learned Clark's secret she either forgot it thanks to some handy plot element or was tricked into thinking she'd misinterpreted things.things.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: More significant at some points than others, however.
10th Aug '16 11:34:41 PM Unityd3v
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Lana alongside Lois Lane were caught in the blast when the current Superman died and when nova, granting them both superpowers. She's eventually takes on the mantle of Superwoman after [[spoiler: Lois dies saving her life while fighting an unknown female supervillain in ''Superwoman #1'']].

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Lana alongside and Lois Lane were caught in the blast when the current Superman died and when nova, granting them both superpowers. She's eventually takes on the mantle of Superwoman after [[spoiler: Lois dies saving her life while fighting an unknown female supervillain in ''Superwoman #1'']].


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* AffirmativeActionLegacy: For Superman, specifically the Superman Red incarnation from when he was split up into two energy based beings in the late 90s.
10th Aug '16 11:32:00 PM Unityd3v
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Lana alongside Lois Lane were caught in the blast when the current Superman died and when nova, granting them both superpowers. She's eventually takes on the mantle of Superwoman after [[spoiler: Lois dies saving her life while fighting an unknown female supervillain in ''Superwoman #1'']].



* ComesGreatResponsibility: How Lois convinces her to [[spoiler: use the powers she gained from Clark's death and become Superwoman. The former tells her that she should honor Clark's memory by reminding people what his symbol stands for]].



* LegacyCharacter: Inherits the Superwoman legacy after [[spoiler: Lois dies in ''Superwoman #1'']].



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1st Jan '16 6:35:32 PM nombretomado
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* FieryRedhead: Iconically red haired (except in ''{{Smallville}}'') but her fireness tends to vary depending on time period (she was a lot firer in the 50s and 60s for instance.)

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* FieryRedhead: Iconically red haired (except in ''{{Smallville}}'') ''Series/{{Smallville}}'') but her fireness tends to vary depending on time period (she was a lot firer in the 50s and 60s for instance.)
25th Dec '15 6:05:27 PM nombretomado
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Lana was first introduced in ''Superboy'' #10 (September/October 1950). As Clark's next door neighbour in Smallville she was mostly depicted as equal parts close friend and nuisance, being determined to prove Clark and Superboy were one in the same. In keeping with the tradition set by Lois she was attracted to Superboy but had little time for the timid Clark (romantically anyway.) During the SilverAge Lana would prove nearly as much a WeirdnessMagnet as ComicBook/JimmyOlsen himself, going through many transformations and gaining or losing powers as the plot demanded. After gaining a "bio-genetic" ring from an alien she even had a few adventures as a superheroine using the name "Insect Queen" and ended up a reserve member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.

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Lana was first introduced in ''Superboy'' #10 (September/October 1950). As Clark's next door neighbour in Smallville she was mostly depicted as equal parts close friend and nuisance, being determined to prove Clark and Superboy were one in the same. In keeping with the tradition set by Lois she was attracted to Superboy but had little time for the timid Clark (romantically anyway.) During the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Lana would prove nearly as much a WeirdnessMagnet as ComicBook/JimmyOlsen himself, going through many transformations and gaining or losing powers as the plot demanded. After gaining a "bio-genetic" ring from an alien she even had a few adventures as a superheroine using the name "Insect Queen" and ended up a reserve member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.



* GeniusDitz: Silver Age Lana was notoriously reckless and lacking in common sense ''even'' for the SilverAge but in her quest to prove Superboy was really Clark Kent she could be incredibly cunning and inventive.

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* GeniusDitz: Silver Age Lana was notoriously reckless and lacking in common sense ''even'' for the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} but in her quest to prove Superboy was really Clark Kent she could be incredibly cunning and inventive.
20th Sep '15 10:08:12 PM PaulA
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* AdaptationDyeJob: As played by the brunette Kristin Kreuk in ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' and Jadin Gould in ManOfSteel.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: As played by the brunette Kristin Kreuk in ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' and Jadin Gould in ManOfSteel.''Film/ManOfSteel''.
15th Sep '15 9:15:06 PM nombretomado
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[[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Post-crisis]] with Clark's time as Superboy retconned away Lana's role was altered into being Clark's UnluckyChildhoodFriend and SecretKeeper, largely keeping her characterisation from ''Film/SupermanIII''. She appeared occasionally in the Superman stories and had a rocky few years, marrying and then divorcing fellow Smallville native Pete Ross and never quite getting over Clark. Later on she returned to prominence as a surrogate mother/big sister figure to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}.

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[[CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Post-crisis]] ComicBook/PostCrisis with Clark's time as Superboy retconned away Lana's role was altered into being Clark's UnluckyChildhoodFriend and SecretKeeper, largely keeping her characterisation from ''Film/SupermanIII''. She appeared occasionally in the Superman stories and had a rocky few years, marrying and then divorcing fellow Smallville native Pete Ross and never quite getting over Clark. Later on she returned to prominence as a surrogate mother/big sister figure to ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}.



* SmallNameBigEgo: As a teenager in the SilverAge, with shades of a KnowNothingKnowItAll.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: As a teenager in the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, with shades of a KnowNothingKnowItAll.



* ZanyScheme: In the SilverAge, mostly to get Superboy to reveal his real identity. They didn't tend to work out.

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* ZanyScheme: In the SilverAge, UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, mostly to get Superboy to reveal his real identity. They didn't tend to work out.out.
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5th Aug '15 8:56:00 AM upupandaway42
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In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} she has so far only appeared in flashbacks but her role as one of the very few people who Superman has confided his real identity in remains secure.

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In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} she has so far only appeared been a major supporting character in flashbacks but her ''Action Comics''. Her role as one of the very few people who Superman has confided his real identity in remains secure.



* AdaptationDyeJob: As played by the brunette Kristin Kreuk in ''{{Series/Smallville}}''.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: As played by the brunette Kristin Kreuk in ''{{Series/Smallville}}''.''{{Series/Smallville}}'' and Jadin Gould in ManOfSteel.
6th Jul '15 11:16:12 AM nombretomado
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Lana Lang is Clark Kent's high school love interest and one of the most prominent supporting characters in the Franchise/{{Superman}} mythos. She was originally created as a teenage CaptainErsatz of LoisLane to complicate things for ComicBook/{{Superboy}} the way her older counterpart complicated the life of the adult Superman.

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Lana Lang is Clark Kent's high school love interest and one of the most prominent supporting characters in the Franchise/{{Superman}} mythos. She was originally created as a teenage CaptainErsatz of LoisLane ComicBook/LoisLane to complicate things for ComicBook/{{Superboy}} the way her older counterpart complicated the life of the adult Superman.
14th Jun '15 3:50:02 PM nombretomado
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Lana was first introduced in ''Superboy'' #10 (September/October 1950). As Clark's next door neighbour in Smallville she was mostly depicted as equal parts close friend and nuisance, being determined to prove Clark and Superboy were one in the same. In keeping with the tradition set by Lois she was attracted to Superboy but had little time for the timid Clark (romantically anyway.) During the SilverAge Lana would prove nearly as much a WeirdnessMagnet as JimmyOlsen himself, going through many transformations and gaining or losing powers as the plot demanded. After gaining a "bio-genetic" ring from an alien she even had a few adventures as a superheroine using the name "Insect Queen" and ended up a reserve member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.

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Lana was first introduced in ''Superboy'' #10 (September/October 1950). As Clark's next door neighbour in Smallville she was mostly depicted as equal parts close friend and nuisance, being determined to prove Clark and Superboy were one in the same. In keeping with the tradition set by Lois she was attracted to Superboy but had little time for the timid Clark (romantically anyway.) During the SilverAge Lana would prove nearly as much a WeirdnessMagnet as JimmyOlsen ComicBook/JimmyOlsen himself, going through many transformations and gaining or losing powers as the plot demanded. After gaining a "bio-genetic" ring from an alien she even had a few adventures as a superheroine using the name "Insect Queen" and ended up a reserve member of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.
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