Is there a relationship more dysfunctional than the one between the Silver Age Superman and his "girlfriend" Lois Lane? Let's consider the evidence before us, Lois Lane #5's "The Fattest Girl in Metropolis" (writer, Otto Binder; artist, Kurt Schaffenberger). It offers a revealing insight into the dynamics of Eisenhower Era boy/girl relationships.
Returning home after a hard day on the news beat, Lois witnesses a murder; she's unable to identify the culprit, however:
The following day, while on assignment interviewing a scientist responsible for an amazing plant growth ray, the reporter is bathed in the waves of the ray.
Next morning reveals the awful truth: Lois has been transformed by her exposure to the growth ray!
Borrowing a fat neighbor's clothing, our heroine heads for work. "What if Superman, the man I love, saw me now?" she thinks. "I must avoid him at all costs." This is not so easily accomplished.
Once she arrives at The Daily Planet, Lois is unable to mask her condition from her co-workers, including Clark Kent. (It's worth noting that although Lois was constantly trying to prove that Clark was the Man of Steel, she seems to have momentarily forgotten those suspicions.) She begs Clark not to tell Superman about her new size.
Desperate to lose weight Lois embarks on a montage of rigorous diet and exercise . . .
. . . but an unexpected present from Superman undoes all her good intentions.