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Don’t Send Me No More Letters No – They Were Extras From a Cowboy Movie, Duh!

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 defends the depiction of the residents of New Mexico to a concerned reader…

In Superman #136, Superman and Lois Lane are on assignment in New Mexico…

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Three issues later, a letter writer took issue with the grand injustice depicted in that earlier story…

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That might be one of the greatest answers mankind has ever seen. You rule, Mort!

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And what about the guy that picks up their bags at the inn? Maybe that was just a part-time gig, who knows…:)

And that’s how Brokeback Mountain got broke in the first place.

Captain Haddock

July 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

I want to read the 100 answers Weisinger must have come up with before he replied with this one

When I first left the East Coast for Colorado, I was shocked that:

A) People were not wearing cowboy hats everywhere, and
B) Tumbleweed is real and not just something from the movies

The Super-Tool.. *snicker*

Texans however do walk around in cowboy hats.

I love how old Marvel comics embraced the concept of the “No-Prize” wherein readers were challenged and rewarded to find errors and explain them, whereas Mort Weisinger went out of his way to crush the feelings of superiority of any mistake-finder writing in.

@Roman- Originally the No-Prize was just for finding mistakes. If the editor (Stan or Roy or Whoever) could come up with an explanation, it was, “Sorry, no No-Prize for you, nice try”) otherwise you got, “Opps, you got us. You get a No-Prize”. It was later (I think after Shooter took over, but It might have been earlier) that explaining how it wasn’t really a mistake became a requirement, so instead of rewarding readers for keeping The Bullpen on their toes, now the readers had to do their work for them.

Are you sure that Weissinger wrote that? It doesn’t seem like him – He would have implied that the little kid who wrote in was an idiot for not immediately knowing that they were actors from a Western.

Everyone knows that sombreros would have been more appropriate.

Not just sombreros, Phil, but NEW sombreros.

–B

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