From He-Man to Lois Lane …

Meljean Brook has a cool blog post about He-Man up today. I loved this show and its companion piece, She-Ra, when I was a kid. Meljean talks about why Teela can never figure out that Prince Adam and He-Man are really one and the same. It’s funny stuff. Check it out.

Many of her points can be related to various comic-book heroines and one in particular — Lois Lane. Good ole Lois might be one of the world’s foremost investigative reporters, but for some reason, she just can’t figure out that Clark Kent is really Superman. C’mon Lois, are you blind? Why are you letting that little pair of glasses throw you off? I know Superman is supposed to have “superhypnotism” to keep people from guessing his real identity, but woman up and get to the bottom of things.

This is one thing that frustrates me about comics, and partly why I wrote Karma Girl. I was tired of seeing the hero’s secret identity strung out forever. It just becomes ridiculous after a while. Like on Smallville. The only people who don’t know Clark’s secret are Lois, Lana, and Lex. Everyone else from Mama Kent to Chloe to freaking Lionel Luther knows. And, of course, the guest star of the week figures it out too. But never Lois, Lana, or Lex. Argh! Get a clue people!

Okay, that’s my rant for the day. What about you? Do you like the whole secret-identity thing? It is believable? Overused? Inquiring minds want to know … 

2 Responses to “From He-Man to Lois Lane …”

  1. Edie says:

    One standup comedy bit I remember is Wonder Woman trying to find her invisible helicopter. Wouldn’t you love to have her golden lasso? Or give it to one of your characters? :cool:

    The secret identity doesn’t work for me either. Neither does the supposedly plain girl. Just because she’s wearing glasses and has her hair pulled back no one realizes she’s a babe. :roll:

  2. Jennifer Estep says:

    Actually, I want the tiara and the bulletproof bracelets. Those would be cool. :-)

    There is a point where the secret identity becomes ridiculous. The plain Jane is a convention that just needs to go away. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. A woman gets contacts, puts on some makeup, lets her hair down, and suddenly, she’s a guy magnet. Please. If it was that easy, everybody would be doing it.

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