This is Wedding Bells Are Ringin’, a month-long examination of notable comic book weddings, since this is June, after all, and that’s a time for weddings.
Reader James T. suggested I do Silver Age weddings, and I will do a number of them, but I figured I’ll feature some others. I’m not sure if I should spotlight only weddings that didn’t REALLY happen (imaginary, annulled, dreams, etc.) or also weddings that “counted.” I know! I’ll let you folks vote for it!
Anyhow, we open up with a stunning comic book story in that this was almost an actual wedding of Jimmy Olsen and Lucy Lane way back in 1967! In the 100th issue of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen, Leo Dorfman and Pete Costanza handled the story on the behest of editor Mort Weisinger, who was planning to mix things up a lot towards the end of his Superman tenure (Weisinger reversed all of his dramatic decisions, including some, like this one, within the actual story itself).
The issue opens with Jimmy thinking about how he can’t get Lucy to date him. He tries again and this time, it all goes according to plan…
The rest of the issue involves him thinking about all of his former loves. Then they are actually married, but something strange happens…
Every time Lucy and Jimmy kiss, something mutates Superman! We can only imagine what would have happened if they had consummated the marriage (hey, don’t look at me, Mort Weisinger specifically talked about consummating marriages in the letter columns back in the day!)
Eventually, they learn that an imp from Mr. Mxyzptlk’s dimension had fallen in love with Jimmy and so she was punishing Superman for Jimmy’s marriage. So in the end, they decide to annul the marriage…
Originally, though, the issue was going to end with the wedding taking place, but once again, Weisinger changed his mind and that had the issue end the way that it did.
Thanks to Mark Waid for telling me about this story years ago, where I covered it as a Comic Book Legend. And thanks to James for the suggestion of this new feature! If people have a notable wedding that they’d like to see featured, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll let you know tomorrow if I’m featuring “real” weddings or not!
In a month-long spotlight on notable comic book weddings, CSBG looks at the time that Jimmy Olsen and Lucy Lane nearly got married for real!