Lana Lang is a fictional supporting character in DC Comics Superman comics series. Created by writer Bill Finger and artist John Sikela, the character first appears in Superboy #10, Lana is one of many Superman characters with the alliterative initials LL, the most notable other examples being Supermans primary love interest Lois Lane and nemesis, Lex Luthor. In Modern revisions of DC Comics continuity, she and Clark are shown to have remained friends since their teenage years, the stories varies across different revisions of Supermans origin story. She has been featured in most other adaptations of Superboy. These portrayals include the Adventures of Superboy television series, played by Stacy Haiduk, and the WB television series Smallville, played by Kristin Kreuk. In Smallville she was teenage Clark Kents principal romantic interest throughout the shows first seven seasons and she has also appeared in many adaptations of Superman stories, although her role is generally smaller. In Superman, The Movie Lana was played by Diane Sherry, in the 1983 film Superman III, she is played by Annette OToole, who would later portray Martha Kent on Smallville. In the original Superboy stories, Lana was the girl who lived next door to the Kent family in Smallville, and was a romantic interest of Superboy. In the Silver Age stories, Lana often behaved like a version of Lois Lane, spending much of her time trying to prove that Superboy and Clark Kent were one. At one point, Lana once rescued an insect-like alien trapped by a tree in Smallville. In gratitude, the gave her a bio-genetic ring which allowed Lana to gain insect characteristics. Lana created a yellow costume and mask, and took the name Insect Queen. Lana also had adventures with Superboy, and several with the futuristic superhero team the Legion of Super-Heroes. Also appearing in some Silver Age stories was Lanas uncle, Professor Potter, after Clark and Lana graduated from high school, Lana went to college, and eventually became a television reporter for Metropolis TV station WMET-TV. As an adult, Lana became a rival to Lois Lane for Supermans affection in various 1960s stories, often appearing in the title Supermans Girlfriend, during the 1970s and early 1980s, Lana became an anchorwoman for WGBS-TVs evening news in Metropolis, as a co-anchor to Clark Kent. Her attraction to Superman during this time had died off. Lana later became linked to the alien super-hero Vartox. Eventually, she and Clark Kent became romantically involved in prior to the Crisis on Infinite Earths
Lana Lang from the interior art of an unspecified comic.
Lana Lang, as appeared in Superman: The Animated Series.
Bunny Henning as Lana Lang in The Adventures of Superboy.