L. Lori Lemaris #AtoZ

Lori Lemaris

Lori Lemaris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lori was first introduced in the story “The Girl in Superman’s Past” in Superman #129 (May 1959). The story revealed that while attending Metropolis University, Clark met Lori, who was attending as a student and hiding her mermaid identity by posing as a wheelchair-using student (with a blanket covering the lower half of her body). Clark and Lori soon fell in love with each other, but Clark started to wonder why Lori would repeatedly cut their dates short every night to return home at 8 p.m.

Clark eventually decided to propose marriage to Lori, but Lori told Clark that she couldn’t marry him, and that she also had to return to her native country. Heartbroken, and growing suspicious of why Lori had to return home every night at a preset time, Clark investigated, and discovered Lori’s mermaid secret. Lori, in turn, revealed that thanks to her people’stelepathic powers, she knew that he was really Superman all along, but promised to keep the knowledge of his identity a secret. Lori also stated that since the two came from such different worlds, they could never be wed. After a parting kiss underwater, the two bid farewell to each other.

Lori made various appearances throughout the Silver Age Superman comics. Like many other minor DC characters, Lori was killed in the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths. She appeared again after the Crisis’ reality-altering events in a flashback story shown in 2007’s Superman Confidential #6-7. And she is one of the many characters in the Superman mythos to have the initials LL.

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  1. #1 by Cori Vidae on April 15, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    I’ve never actually been a fan of the Superman franchise but I think the idea of a secret mermaid is pretty awesome 🙂

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