Wait. Sorry...that should read, "Happy Birthday Ivan, and Superman's Girlfriend." Like so much of the hoary Mainstream Media, Wo'C has been forced to layoff most of our proofreaders, editors, and copy boys, until now our once bustling newsroom is empty, save for a pile of surplus green eyeshades and sleeve garters, while the street corner outside is cluttered with unemployed urchins in short pants, morosely pitching pennies as they take turns gnawing on a single stale corn dodger.
But the important thing is, today is the natal anniversary of our old friend Ivan G. Shreve, Jr., the blogger behind the always funny and informative Thrilling Days of Yesteryear, a columnist for Radio Spirits, and some sort of New Media guru for ClassicFlix. And judging by the many actresses he has dubbed TDOY "goddesses" (not in the Charlie Sheen sense), Ivan is also a man with an eye for a comely Golden Age Girl (not a Golden Girl -- at least, I don't think he's got a Farrah Fawcett-style swimsuit poster of Estelle Getty, but I've never seen his bedroom walls), so I alway like to ornament his birthday posts with some period appropriate cheesecake.
The only question is, which Hollywood Hottie will be Miss Afterbirth of 2013? It's a knottier problem than usual, because as I understand from Facebook (which has a record for factual accuracy only slightly less luminous than the IMDB), this is a Big One for Ivan, birthday-wise, and I've been thinking that I'd really like to do something special.
Then Mary came to my aid when she mentioned that it was also Lois Lane's birthday. Not today, specifically (according one source her birthday is August 17), but this year marks the 75th anniversary of Lois's debut in the comics, which makes her even older than Ivan. Now to be honest, the Lois Lane of the comics is my least favorite version of the character, and for much of her four-color history she came off as shallow, shrewish, conniving, and kind of stupid -- in other words, Lucy Ricardo without the henna rinse. But I have varying degrees of fondness for Lois as depicted on film -- whether hand-drawn, computer-generated, or live action -- and in my opinion, the best Lois was the first Lois: the Lois of the Fleischer Superman cartoons of 1941-1943.
So with that in mind (and because we're deathly ill and trapped in the House of Crap), I put together a little video to illustrate my thesis:
Now to be fair, I understand there are cases to be made for many of the other Loises over the years, from Noel Neill to Dana Delaney, and I freely admit that the brief (and more recent) clip below may in fact represent her finest moment:
So in the spirit of a Golden Age Goddess who stood up to the Bulleteers of Yesteryear, and remains unafraid to flip off the Brainiacs of today, please join me in wishing Ivan a very happy (redacted round number) birthday! And tell us who was your favorite Lois Lane?