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Don’t Send Me No More Letters No – Hey Kids, There Ain’t No Santa Claus!

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, we look at Weisinger letting kids know that Santa Claus is a lie…

In Superboy #72, Weisinger answered a question about fictional cities in the DC Universe and then things took an odd turn…

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That’s awesome. “Suck it, kids!”

Thanks to the always awesome Pat Curley for this one!

23 Comments

Odd, I was just answering a thread about why I don’t think it is a good idea to teach kids that Santa Claus is real.

Rollo Tomassi

July 20, 2014 at 6:03 am

Wha–?! There’s no Santa?!

:-(

I also love that he calls the letter writer “Danny” when the kid clearly signed his name as “Dan”. :-D

Yeah, but the kid’s a Player.

Stuff like this really make you wish that old urban legend about a freelancer holding Mort Weisinger out of a window was true.

BTW, have you ever tackled that one, Brian?

Any kid who is old enough to read the letters in the letter column is also old enough that s/he should have been disabused of Santa fantasies a year or two earlier. It wasn’t very nice to tease the kid for trying to learn geography, though.

Mort Weisinger’s Spring.Me account would have been awesome.

What’s going on in that pic? It looks like Supes is doing psychic surgery.

Telling a kid there’s no Santa Claus isn’t mean.

Going out of your way to tell a kid there’s no Santa Claus is maybe a little mean.

Going out of your way to tell a kid “There’s no Santa Claus, the Joker murdered him,” is even meaner, but a lot funnier in the long run.

even though morts reply that gothan and metropolis are not real by him also stating santa is not either sounds real mean and sarcastic. at least mort was being truthful since if a kid is writting to a comic book odds are they are now the age to know santa is not real for mort had a unique personality and an evil sense of humor the way that answer shows.

The more I learn about Mort Weisinger, the more I understand why silver age Superman was such a jerk.

Really Nu-D? Because I was reading letter columns when I was 5 years old and I believed in Santa more or less for three years after that. And what is the nonsense about not letting kids believe in Santa? Having that magic time as a child is priceless. Kids figure it out eventually just like the figure out God isn’t some guy in a robe with a long white beard.

What a dick.

“Kids figure it out eventually just like the figure out God isn’t some guy in a robe with a long white beard.”

I’m not gonna touch that with a ten foot pole. Well, maybe. *touch*

@Jim. Well, you must have been a precocious and gullible child. Good for you!

I’m soooo glad you did another one of these, Brian; Mort’s lettercol replies are a special treat for me.

I’d like to add that, as someone named, well, Daniel, it drove me nuts – even as a kid – to be called Danny. Even “Dan” is reserved for close friends. Mort’s calling him “Danny” and then the Santa Claus line was a nice one-touch punch of subtle condescension.

Mort Weisinger was so mean, he once shot a man just for snoring too loud :)

LouReedRichards

July 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Thanks Ben, now that commercial will be stuck in my head for hours… “The Great Chiefs”…

@Nu-D – or perhaps you were an overly cynical child?

Jim’s assessment seems in alignment with my experience and pretty much every other kid I knew who didn’t have an asshole big brother to spoil the fun.

Ben Herman, my wife is about to shoot me for snoring too loud. Lol

No Santa Claus? What next, no Batman or Superman either? Am I right? Guys? ….Guys?

You generally can outgrow being precocious and/or gullible. One doesn’t usually outgrow being an asshole.

Just in the interests of balance, I was a Marvel kid and my Santa Claus moment came on the penultimate page of FF #2, when Reed hands over the three captive Skrulls and the police chief says something along the lines of “after this I may have to start believing in Santa”.

I was about six years old at the time – a little bit cynical but not ready to flatly deny Santa’s existence until I read that.

As an old man, I now take some comfort from the fact that it was Jack Kirby who killed Santa in my world.

I really enjoy this feature. Back in the day I would always read Silver Age letter columns but I don’t remember them being so entertaining (though I bought the Flash, JLA, and, Batman much more regularly than the Superman titles). So might DC consider publishing a Letters Archives?

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