So what if it's taken him half a century to pop the question? Call the caterer, book the hall, send out the invites and make it a Superwedding, Lois . . .
least that's what nearly 70 percent of our callers said when they responded Wednesday to our question: Should Lois Lane have said "I do" or "I don't" to Clark Kent's proposal in the Superman No. 50 comic book, which is hitting newsstands this month.
Thirty-four of our 50 respondents said that the commitment-phobic reporter and his colleague at the Daily Planet should indeed tie the knot.
"It's high time," said L. Richards, 52, of northeast Baltimore. "We need some Superman Juniors to take over the world someday."
But that brings up a question on the minds of at least a dozen callers: While Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, what kind of power does he pack between the sheets?
"This is a kid's comic," sniffed Michael Carlin, editor of the Superman line of DC Comics, who has remained tight-lipped about the character's sexual skills.
But bedroom dynamo or not, a man who wears tights and hangs out in phone booths may not be the best soul mate for a sensible '90s-style woman, said our 16 naysayers.
"I think Lois should not marry him," said Signe Lauren, a 45-year-old business owner. "She should tell him times have changed and he needs to be a Superman in a relationship, not in flying over tall buildings. She should tell him, 'It's too late. I'm in love with a sculptor-artist-poet."
Another caller suggested that Lois ditch Clark for a differencomic-page reporter: Brenda Starr!
But while few believed that the Daily Planet duo would live happily ever after, callers like Paul Aurelio supported the union anyway. "It's time he settled down to the good old American values -- family, maintaining a home, having 2.3 children," said the 42-year-old commercial insurance manager, who is separated from his wife. "He's going to find himself with the same problems every husband has. Sometimes, things will work out. Sometimes, they won't. And sometimes, he'll wind up sleeping on the couch."
But the thought of the Man of Steel doing domestic chores such as taking out the trash was just too much for some diehard fans.
"It takes away from the whole Superman image," said Vincent Sneed, assistant manager of Geppi's Comic World in Harborplace. "Superheroes are fantasy characters. The more they try to make them obey the laws of the real world, the less interesting they become. He could end up . . . washing windows."
Mr. Carlin, of DC Comics, promises that the creators will continue to be true to the character's dual personality, whether he wears a wedding band or not. In fact, some comic book devotees thought the proposal was coming when Clark recently took Lois home to Smallville, Kan., to meet his folks.
But it wasn't until page 15 of this month's issue that their suspicions were confirmed. After ordering a tuna melt and club soda, Clark reached for the engagement ring. Twenty-three pages later, Lois replied: "I want to share my life with you."
Don't expect any short engagements for this Metropolis couple, however. Before they head up the aisle, Clark is expected to finally come clean to his fiancee about his, um, second career.
Says Mr. Carlin, "It's hard to stand for truth, justice and the American way when you start your marriage with a lie."
Some remarks from the Superman Survey.
"I think they should get married. I think we need to find out how good Superman is in bed."
"I think Lois Lane should marry Superman and have a bunch of Superbabies."
"I do think that they should get married. I mean, they've been in love for soooo long and they make such a great couple."
"I think Lois should not marry him. And I think she should tell him times have changed and he needs to be a Superman in a relationship, not in flying over tall buildings."
"He's always flying around helping somebody but he'd never be at home to help her. And what would happen if they had kids?.... Get out of it, Lois! Don't marry him."