Comic: Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane #106
Year: November 1970

In one of the most insane pieces of comic book content, ever, a 1970 comic featured Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane literally becoming a black woman for a day. Why? To help her understand the plight of black folk for a story she was working on; one that she hoped would get her a Pulitzer.

After arriving in Little Africa (aka Metropolis' Harlem), Lois realizes that none of the people in the (predominately-black) town want to speak to her. She happens upon Superman, who has a great idea on how to help Lois out: he has a machine that would effectively put Lois in blackface, so she can better speak with the residents of Little Africa. The new, "black" Lois Lane now lives life like a black person, starting off with a taxi not slowing down for her (which she calls her "first lesson in the meaning of Black"). Lois even felt some type of way when she pressed Superman about possibly marrying her if she was a black woman and he chumps her off. He actually tries to compares his being an alien from another planet to the black experience in the world, as if he doesn't still work and operate in the white world.

While the story is an intriguing mirror of the cultural appropriation we see in music and movies today, it also simplifies the black experience in this country. Nothing about being black can be understood (or, worse, rectified) by playing dress-up for a day.