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Don’t Send Me No More Letters No – Susan Anne Howalsky Is a Liar!

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 is inspired to introduce Supergirl based on the lies of a little girl…

In 1959’s Superman #129, Susan Anne Howalsky writes in to Mort to spread vicious, vicious lies…


Mort undoubtedly was fooled by her lies, because that very same issue is an ad for a troublemaking, helpless new character named Supergirl…


In all seriousness, I bet Weisinger got a lot of requests from girls reading Superman comics wondering where the heck was a Supergirl. It is cool that he was so receptive to fan interests. It is interesting that it took them so long to actually introduce Supergirl, though. It is also interesting that he chose to run THAT letter, of all the letters, to reveal that DC was actually going to give them a Supergirl character.


Maybe this girl read a lot of stories involving Lois Lane and Lana Lang. Also, maybe she was one of the few to actually put the name “Supergirl” in her letter?

Weisinger had already tested a character with that name in an imaginary story-with a red skirt.

Yep, “The Three Magic Wishes” from six or so months earlier. Still, presumably that test was itself based on reader interest in the idea of a Supergirl and when they got good responses from that story they went forward with the idea permanently.

Wasn’t the building of the Super Family also directly related to the hiring of men who had previously worked on the Marvel Family?

Why was an imaginary story wearing a red skirt?


Because it wasn’t afaid to be FABULOUS!

I don’t get it.

It was always in the back of DC’s mind to have a Supergirl character; they trademarked the character as early as 1944 (Superwoman was trademarked a couple of years before). There was interest, I suspect, in making it like the Marvel Family in the 1940s, but the Superboy lawsuit probably slowed things down.

I always figured it was the Magic Wishes story that caused them to have Kara exclaim “And I’m REAL!” as she escaped her capsule…

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