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'Superboy Doesn't Kill!' 'What About Fish?' 'Ummmmmm'

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, we look at Mort Weisinger coming up with a bizarre explanation as to why Superboy killed a fish (oddly enough, the LAST Don't Send Me No Letters No was ALSO about fish!)!

1963's Superboy #108 has a story by an unknown writer and artist George Papp. It tell the story of Superboy finding out about a mystery involving some ancestors of the Kents who had a weird looking Superboy coin in the 17th century...

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So Superboy heads to the past to solve the mystery, as you do, and he meets the Kent ancestors. He gets sort of adopted by them. He pays them back by getting them supper, including picking up a fish for them to eat...

His puppeteer ancestors let him make up a puppet and he accidentally gives it his own costume and they name the puppet "Sorcery Boy"...

Of course, "Sorcery Boy" is seen by others and soon he figures out that they are in Salem and he is "killed"...

and that's the mysterious tragedy mentioned in the note...

So anyhow, two issues later, reader Claude Diamond wrote in to complain, stating, "Shame on you! You've often stated that it is against Superboy's code to destroy life. However, in the recent story, 'The Mystery of Sorcery Boy,' you show the Boy of Steel snatching up a trout from a stream and bringing it to his friends. Obviously they weren't going to put it into a fish pond, but feast on it. Isn't that a goof?"

Superboy editor Mort Weisinger explained, "We received many other protests from readers about this apparent violation of Superboy's code. What was not shown was that the trout was already dead, having been struck by lightning and was just floating in the water where Superboy found him."

That's amazing, right?

It is like the classic Skinner explaining away a lie to Superintendent Chalmers from the Simpsons...

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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