"Superman is about someone trying their best to save the world, one day at a time. And it’s about that person’s love for that one whose intellect and emotion and sheer bloody humanity completes him. It’s about Superman, and it’s about Lois and Clark. And that’s all there is. That is the spine. That must be protected, to the death." - Warren Ellis
NRAMA: Lois & Clark’s relationship – how important is it to the larger picture of Superman? Obviously, it wasn’t something that was there for the first…what…60 years, but now, it’s an unshakable part of the mythos. For you, how did you tackle the idea of a married Superman? It seems like something where cliché is always knocking at the door…
Kurt Busiek: Does it? I don’t really see how it’s cliché in a way that, say, the old romantic triangle isn’t. I think there’s a lot to be had from both setups – and lots and lots of people in the world are married without it being clichés.
I simply assume that Clark and Lois have a strong relationship, and roll from there. I can’t see doing stories where Lois bitches about him being Superman – aside from the fact that she knew that when she married him, she approves of it. And I can’t see doing jealousy stories – how dumb do you have to be to think Superman – Superman, of all people – could be untrustworthy?
So they love each other and they play off each other nicely – he’s all heart, masking a keen brain, she’s all brain, masking a warm heart. She’s sarcastic, he’s earnest. They both don’t quit ‘til the job’s done. They’re fun to write.
Image: Scene from Action Comics #850 by Kurt Busiek || Interview: Newsarama, 2006