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Title: Double L's
Post by: Amanda on February 19, 2007, 11:01:30 PM
Is there a story or reason behind the double L's used for the names of many people Superman encounters?


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: Permanus on February 20, 2007, 03:06:53 AM
Good question! I don't think there is, but Superman is certainly aware of it, since he mentions it in "Superman's Return to Krypton":

http://superman.nu/returntokrypton/srtk/?page=9 (http://superman.nu/returntokrypton/srtk/?page=9)

"Every girl who ever meant anything to me has always had those initials", he muses, forgetting about his deadliest enemy for a while.


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: crispy snax on February 20, 2007, 04:38:36 AM
Mort weisenger claimed that he invented the whole LL thing, but he claims alot of things. however i dont think the LL thing was ever explained as having some sort of explaination, it was just another bit of weridness in supermans world


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: dto on February 20, 2007, 11:05:35 AM
It's been said that many comic book character names are alliterations so young readers can remember them easier.  Consider:

Billy Batson, Boston Brand, Bruce Banner, Freddie Freeman, Kathy Kane, Matt Murdock, Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Sheira Sanders, Susan Storm (Richards), etc.

In the case of Superman's "L.L.", it possibly began innocently enough, following much the same reasoning.  Then somebody noticed that both Lois Lane AND Lana Lang shared "L.L." initials, and then the overkill began, ultimately sinking into self-parody.  Remember that Luthor was originally identified by one name -- he got the "Lex" after the "L.L" craze was already underway.


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: Permanus on February 20, 2007, 04:46:47 PM
I love the way you put them in alphabetical order!


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: Lee Semmens on February 22, 2007, 06:03:06 AM
I've always thought that the use of the "LLs" was a cliche-ridden, vastly over-used gimmick.

It was particularly tiresome when readers used to write in to Mort Weisinger, listing double Ls in characters names, even when the writer of the story hadn't intended making a point of it, for instance: James Bartholomew Olsen and Abraham Lincoln!


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: Great Rao on February 22, 2007, 08:50:14 PM
Here's a list:

http://superman.nu/wiki/index.php/Category:LL



Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: Genis Vell on February 23, 2007, 12:41:22 PM
The LL thing is one of the funniest elements in the Superman history.
Just now, thinking to how many "LL characters" have been introduced in the post-Crisis years, I remembered the most recent: Lupe Leocadio. I never thought it before...!


Title: Re: Double L's
Post by: Uncle Mxy on February 24, 2007, 01:53:20 PM
Stan the Man said that he'd go for double letters just so he could remember the last names -- Matt Murdock, Peter Parker, Reed Richards, etc.  I had this vision of him having a nervous breakdown if he were in the Super-mythos given all the LLs.