It is a pleasure to report that the DC Archives series is now off of life support and is well on its way to a full recovery. Over the last few years there have been only a handful of releases. This, combined with releases in other formats over the same period, led to the conclusion that the series was on its way out.
Thankfully, reports of its demise were exaggerated. The archives seem to be back on a monthly release schedule with not only long stalled series getting new volumes but new series starts as well. Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane Volume 1 is one of the latter.
These 10 very early silver age (late 1950s) issues are the epitome of comic book fun. They're from a time before political correctness, before a platoon of lawyers had to review every release. These stories are hilarious, wacky fun featuring Superman's favorite stalker, er, girl friend, Lois Lane. Is Lois a good role model for today's girls? Of course not. Are the stories sexist, degrading to women and who knows how many other constituencies? You bet! But they are also plotted (indeed, over plotted) up to their figurative armpits. This was back when you got three complete stories in one issue instead of one complete story in three issues as is the norm today (if you're lucky).
Tom Peyer contributes an hilarious forward pointing out some of the absurd elements that we would see over and over again as the series moved through the 1960s.
The art is first rate especially that of long time Lois artist Kurt Schaffenberger and the classic Curt Swan covers. Reproduction is first rate, well up to previous standards although a thinner stock of glassy paper is used.