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.
In this latest installment, a reader tries to challenge Mort over an oddity involving Superman’s robots.
One of the amusing things in Superman comics of the 1950s and 60s was how writers would have to explain away Superman’s robots in stories where the existence of the robots would otherwise bring a story to a premature conclusion (while, of course, having them readily available in stories where their existence solves the problem in the story). Well, one way that the writers did it was to explain that Clark Kent’s apartment was being painted and thus the robots couldn’t come out of their secret panels in his walls.
Well, this enraged the sensibilities of one reader who decided to have a go at Mort.
What an awesome letter and reply. From the silliness of the anger to the boldness of the dare to the ridiculousness of Weisinger’s explanation, it is totally awesome.