You know what I don't understand? This cover:
|I'm sure Grant Morrison has planned an unpublished mini-series based on it.|
I've been contemplating this cover for 50 years and it remains inscrutable and semiotically inaccessible. Not even a bursting shell can penetrate its meaning. I even stared at an original copy in person to make sure there wasn't some foil-based double-imagery built in that I couldn't perceive that had news-stand owners and seven-year-old boys laughing their heads off. Nada.
Why is Lois Aunt Fritzie? Why is she holding a tiny hammer like Dr. Maxwell? Why is Superman dirty-sanchezing an icemaker? Why does Lois keep bananas in the refrigerator? And on the floor? Did she label those jars herself? Does ace investigative reporter Lois Lane put up preserves? Why is Superman in her kitchen? What is he laughing about? Why is Lois angry? Is that a ham, or part of Lois' latest victim? Did old-timey fridges even HAVE icemakers? Why is Superman letting ice cubes spit out and melt on the floor? Why is there an apple on the floor? Is the apple a surrealist inclusion? Is the entire cover a surrealistic exercise? Doesn't Superman have anything better to do? And how can Lois not realize the man one yard from her nose is her closest co-worker?
If you can explain, you 50 years smarter than I.