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Don’t Send Me No More Letters No – Did You Know That Everyone Has About 20 Doppelgangers?

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 drops some absurdly silly science about doppelgangers on an incredulous reader…

As you might know by now, a recurring trope in Superman stories under Mort Weisinger’s reign was having a character be an exact double of Superman, Lois Lane or even Supergirl. Here‘s some examples of Superman doubles and here are some examples of Lois Lane doubles.

In the letter column of 1963’s Action Comics #300, though, it is Supergirl’s doubles that a letter writer is taking issue with…


What do you think the odds are that there is even a Professor Warren Dow at all?


But Supergirl isn’t human…so…boo.

Mort did a story about an entire world of Jimmy Olsen’s.

What do you think the odds are that there is even a Professor Warren Dow at all?

Worse than -?%

Can you seriously not type infinity symbols on this blog?

Tracer Bullet

July 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

Only 20?

— Wolverine

more like:

‘Only 20?
– Jamie Madrox’

Man, two weeks in and these letters are already reminding me of the Conan O’Brien fan corrections skit where he comes up with outrageous excuses for minor gaffes.

The only notable Warren Dow I could find on Google was an American olympic fencer from the 1930s.

Well no wonder Warren Dow thinks everyone has doppelgangers, what with those fencing masks and uniforms and all. He must have constantly thought he was trapped in some kind of Street Fighter-like mirror match.

I am pretty sure that Mort Weisinger means Professor Miles Warren.

Was “Warren” the de facto name for professorial types in the 60s? Even before the Jackal, Stan had called all of Peter Parker’s teachers “Mr. Warren.”

Warren Dow was Tony Dow’s evil twin.

And DC Sheehan has a point worth expanding on: that’s twenty doubles on Earth. Neither Kara or any of those dopplegangers are from this planet.

This meant Mort had potentially infinite doubles on just the humanoid-species planets of the Earth-1 DC Universe alone!

Nice try, doppelgänger. Save it for Queen Doppelpopolis!

Apperently there has been an (assistant) professor Warren Dow who knew a bit about genetics, although only in poultry :). Could be this guy.

Actually, I don’t find the idea all that far-fetched, given that when I was in college at a school with under 1000 enrollment, there was a guy down the hall (from another state) that looked close enough to me that we got mistaken for each other, and he even used my ID once (in the days before drinking age was raised to 21) to get into a club because I was 18, and he was still 17.

if a sample as small as 800 or so students could produce 1 non-kin double, the idea that people could have close to a couple dozen world-wide isn’t all that much of a stretch, as long as they aren’t outliers among their racial ethnic group’s diversity (after all, a 5’8″ Japanese woman much more likely to find doubles than a 600 lb. caucasian, a 6’10” Masai or a 4’2″ pygmy tribesman).

The Kandor doubles were always my favourite goofy idea. Everybody had them. http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Superman's_Pal,_Jimmy_Olsen_Vol_1_83. Even Lucy Lane.

Goofy indeed. There were even separate doubles for Superman and Clark Kent.

Captain Haddock

July 8, 2013 at 8:43 am

I’m surprised he didn’t use Proferssor Haywood Jablowme

I had the same issue in high school, Basara.
My double in high school was one grade higher than me, and his friends and teachers would occasionally mistake me for him. If we stood side by side, the differences were more obvious (I was paler / he had a more golden hue, I’m a white blonde / he was a yellow blonde, my lips were bigger, etc)
A few years after I graduated, I would occasionally show friends my high school picture (which was his picture) and it would take them a few minutes to realize that wasn’t me.

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