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Lois Lane Gets Political, But Then Mort Weisinger Says 'Shut Up, It Wasn't'

This is "Don't Send Me No More Letters No." In this feature I spotlight responses that amuse me for whatever reason by "Superman" family editor Mort Weisinger to letters fans wrote in to the Superman family of titles back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Nova L., we take a look at how Lois Lane got political...just in time for Mort Weisinger to say that that wasn't the case!

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #44 was drawn by Kurt Schaffenberger and I do not know who wrote it. It came out in 1963. The issue opens with Lois Lane and Lana Lang getting into yet another one of their fights, only this time Lois threatens to KILL Lana!

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We learn that it was all an act. Lois and Lana both agree that the death penalty was bad and the story delivers it in such a way that they make it seem like believing in capital punishment is a really absurd thing to believe in. Metropolis abolished it, but in a nearby state, it is not abolished and so they planned to prove the inefficiencies of capital punishment by faking Lana's murder and framing Lois for the crime based just on circumstantial evidence...

The idea would be to show just how easily an innocent person could be put to death...

Everything was going swimmingly, as Lois was convicted and sentenced to death based just on circumstantial evidence...

But then Lana Lang was shipwrecked on the way back from her secret island and the plan was all falling apart...

Lois came clean to Superman and he tested her in front of the governor by having a Lana Lang robot approach her to see how she would react. Obviously, if she actually killed Lana, she wouldn't believe it, right?

Lois was now cleared, but then luckily, Lana Lang showed up alive, as well! And Lois and Lana's plan convinced the governor that his state should also drop capital punishment...

Well, a couple of issues later, a woman wrote in outraged that the comic book would take such a stance on capital punishment...

And then Mort Weisinger weaseled out of in a really slimy way, insisting that the story was not meant to take any sort of political stance, but just to kickstart some drama...

That's plainly false, as you all can see in the story. But hey, Mort's gonna do what Mort's gonna do!

Thanks for the suggestion, Nova L.!

If anyone else has a suggestion for a good Mort Weisinger reply to an old school fan letter, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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