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In this feature I spotlight responses that amuse me for whatever reason by Mort Weisinger to letters fans wrote in to the Superman family of titles back in the 1950s and 1960s. Here is an archive of past installments.
In this latest installment, Mort teaches children a new word that their parents might not want them to know…
(I featured this as a Comic Book Legends Revealed years ago, but it fits here, as well, so here ya go!)
In an era of “imaginary stories,” the Superman titles still managed to have a number of odd “real” ones, as well, especially a pair of stories that came out within months of each other in 1960.
The first one, in Superman #136, written by Robert Bernstein and drawn by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, introduced us to a man from the future who says he is destined to marry Lois. Superman seems to think that that sounds logical – “I guess if it’s destined, it’s destined” but Lois changes her tune when she sees the weird looking guy (who turned green and alien-looking due to comet radiation in the future) revert to a good-looking guy. She DOES, in fact, marry him and go off into the future with him…
So yes, Lois was now basically a widow. Trippy, right?
A few months later, in Action Comics #266, it was now Jerry Siegel who teamed up with Boring and Kaye to tell the tale of an alien named Jena the Space Girl who blackmails Superman into marrying her (and to get him to actually love her, she tries a love potion, with disastrous results)…
Of course, it all turns out to be an act by Superman…
Okay, these stories are silly and all, but what makes them especially notable is what happened a year or so later, when some fan tried to drop some knowledge in the Superman #143 letter column before Superman editor Mort Weisinger dropped some BETTER knowledge in return…read on!
You sure put that kid in his place, Mort!!!
How awesome is the idea of Mort Weisinger teaching kids about the birds and the bees in a letter column in 1961?
BE FOREWARNED! I have at least three or so more old Comic Book Legends that I will end up using in this feature before I move on to NEW Mort Weisinger responses that amused me for whatever reason!
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