Was Superman’s memory erasure movie Super-Kiss from the comics?
In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out if Superman II’s famous (infamous?) Memory-erasing kiss was actually based on a super power Superman had in the comics.
Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the eight hundred and fifteenth episode where we take a look at three comic book legends and determine if they are right or wrong. As usual, there will be three posts, one for each of the three captions.
Superman II’s Memory Erasing Kiss was based on a super power based on the kiss Superman had in the comics.
There is a popular website among comic book fans called Superdicery. The idea behind the site is that during the Silver Age, Superman’s covers often depicted Superman doing horrible stuff, but the story inside would show that Superman was actually doing something right, it looked bad. It comes from how longtime Superman publisher Mort Weisinger produced the comics. He would ask the kids to suggest stories they would like to see and he would also accept cover concepts (the first assignment Cary Bates ever had in DC was when he came up with a cover concept that became the cover of Superman # 167. I’m not even going to check if it’s the right number, it’s oddly confident that I remembered the exact show number. Am I right? Am I wrong? We’ll never know ! Since there is no engine that can search for information like this). He would then ask his writers to come up with a story based on said cover concept. So like, the cover shows Superman ripping Lois Lane’s oxygen tube while they’re in space and she says, “Oh no, Superman is murdering me!” while in the comic he ripped it off because it was filled with poison or something. However, the vanity of Superdicery is that all of these covers are just Superman’s actual personality. He’s just a sadistic guy.
I mention this because this basic idea of taking an old Silver Age story out of context, while VERY funny at times, becomes a bit of a problem when people start to write articles based purely on the out panel. context. A few years ago I did a Legends Revealed comic about how a superpower Superman is often cited as having, Super-Weaving, is actually based on a panel of another character who looks like Superman doing the super-weaving. Superman probably has the same ability, but we’ve never seen him do it.
And this, you might be shocked to find (obviously, you are not at all surprised), relates to today’s legend.
In Superman ii, Lois Lane discovers that Clark Kent is Superman and she and Clark decide to pursue a relationship and Superman decides that he will give up his powers so that he can live a human life with Lois. They even spend the night together …
However, due to the threat of three Kryptonian criminals who ravage Earth in Superman’s absence, Clark must regain his powers and take on the bad guys. Lois understands this, she really understands it, but at the same time, it’s very painful to be with Superman and have everything taken away by his nobility and his desire to help the world.
Superman then decides to lighten his burden by using a super-kiss which removes his memory of Superman’s identity …
It looks like the end of the first Superman movie, where Superman sets the world back to reverse time so that he can prevent the death of Lois Lane …
By similar, I mean he seems like a superpower that the filmmakers just came out of nowhere (Superman time traveled in the comics, but he couldn’t force Earth to reverse in the time). However, some people argue the opposite when it comes to Superman’s memory-erasing kiss.
I won’t be highlighting any sites here, as it’s way too common so why choose a given site, but here is an anonymous quote from a site about Superman’s memory-erasing kiss that exists in the comics:
The “Amnesia Kiss” was a Superman superpower that was introduced in 1963 in Action Comics # 306, in this issue Clark uses his memory loss-inducing liplock on Lois Lane leaving her dazed and confused, forgetting all about her identity as Super hero. and keep its secret safe. We can actually see this in action in the final moments of Superman II, but that’s it. So the point I’m trying to make is; if you have the power to erase people’s memories, why not use it?
However, this is only a completely inaccurate reading of Action comics # 306 (by Robert Bernstein and Al Plastino). Here is the scene in question in its entirety ….
Obviously, Superman does not REMOTELY erase Lois’ memory. He just kisses her forcefully. I mean, they call it a Super-Kiss, so I understand why people are making the connection, but it’s really not there.
Thanks Tom P. for suggesting this one!
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2. What do the lyrics to “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO sound like “Bruce”?
3. Was George Clooney cut from the photo that became Barack Obama’s famous “Hope” poster?
4. How did Monica Potter save the Counting Crows song, “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby”?
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