The Hidden Secret of Lana Lang by Carlos Pacheco


In the last Comic book legends revealeduncover a secret plot detail about Lana Lang that Carlos Pacheco hid in his Superman cartoon race


Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the eight hundred and seventy first episode where we take a look at three comic book legends and determine if they are true or false. As usual, there will be three posts, one for each of the three captions. This time around, all the legends will be linked to the late great Carlos Pacheco. Click on here for the first legend of this episode. Click here for the second caption of this episode.

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COMIC CAPTION:

Carlos Pacheco hid a risky secret about Lana Lang in his Superman run with Kurt Busiek and Jesus Merino.

STATUS:

Apparently true

During the iconic race on X-Men/Uncanny X-Men by John Byrne, Chris Claremont and Terry Austin, there was a certain fact of life that irritated Byrne so much that he eventually left the show all together.

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WHAT IS THE FACT OF LIFE THAT ARTISTS AND WRITERS WORK IN COMICS?

This fact of life was that as long as Chris Claremont was writing the show, it was what he said that ultimately mattered most. By the end of the run, Byrne was doing the majority of the plot in the series, and yet since Claremont got the book last, Claremont could always control what ultimately happened in the stories by virtue of dialogue or captions. .

The straw that broke the camel’s back for Byrne was relatively innocuous in x-men #140 where Colossus tears a tree by its roots…

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Byrne drew the scene as a demonstration of Colossus’ strength, that he could effortlessly pull a tree up by its roots. Claremont, however, then added captions and dialogue indicating that it was extremely difficult for Colossus to pull off the feat…

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As I pointed out in an old comic book legend revealedit was the bridge too far for Byrne, because he felt that even if something as simple as that could be rewritten, it couldn’t work like that anymore.

That’s pretty much the case for the Marvel Method period. An artist who plotted a glitch might have one thing in mind, but the screenwriter ultimately decided what was going to happen in the comic. This would happen all the time with Stan Lee and the artists who plotted the comics he scripted, like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby. What Lee said went (okay, he was also the editor, but you know what I mean).

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WHAT WAS CARLOS PACHECO’S HIDDEN POINT ABOUT LANA LANG?

Pacheco certainly understood this basic principle when he started working on Superman with his longtime collaborator, Kurt Busiek. Busiek and Pacheco obviously talked about history together, but in a great interview with Abel IppólitoPacheco explained that he knew what he added to the story wouldn’t really be considered “canon” if it wasn’t reflected in Busiek’s script, but he still wanted to add a bit of intrigue, even if it was mostly hidden.

Her contribution was to Lana Lang, who was introduced to the series as the new CEO of LexCorp in Superman #654…

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You might notice that even in this small panel you can see that she is wearing a ring.

In the next issue, you will see it better…

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Until you finally get a glimpse of the ring…

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It’s not supposed to sound too weird, just an L, because she’s Lana Lang, but as Pacheco explained:

I wanted to make Lana a sort of submissive Lex, an STory of OI gave her a ring with an “L” on it, and while a lot of people might interpret that “L” as belonging to Lana, it doesn’t, it belongs to Lex, his master’s “L” and lord

The story of O is a famous 1950s French erotic novel about a woman who is, in effect, a man’s “property” (he marks her and all)…

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So even though it wasn’t really touched on in the stories, it was Pacheco’s almost hidden contribution. Fascinating, right?

Thanks to Abel Ippólito and the late great Pacheco for this information.

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