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metropolis mailbag letters from - Jan/Feb 2004; 2003; 2002; 2001

Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2002 10:11:18 -0800
From: yelghazal
To: Metropolis Mailbag

I would like to thank you for the online comics, where I live it's almost impossible to get comics and I enjoyed your comics.

When I read Superman 2001, it was funny how the story seems in the real-world 21st century, it appears that everything is so advanced, but they still use glasses?  I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF OTHER WEBSITES have online comics too, and I would really like to see some WORLDS FINEST stories if possible, and how about the SUPERMAN/FLASH races?

Thanks for the fun read!


We plan to continue to add comics to our selection, but there are also some online Superman comics at the Jimmy Olsen Story Archive and at the Classic Comic Reading Room!  And be sure not to miss Randy Garrett's great comic book adaptation of Superman and the Secret Planet over at The Adventures Continue!   (list of more online comic book sites)

Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 18:20:50 -0800
To: Metropolis Mailbag

I sometimes wonder about the pre-crisis Batman and his taste in gifts.  In "The Super-Key to Fort Superman" he gives Superman a restless night worrying about whether an enemy has discovered his secret identity and invaded his fortress (a worry that almost leads to a maritime disaster when Superman's mind is distracted.)

In another story, he and Robin decide to show Superman a scenario of what might have happened had Krypton not exploded.  Unfortunately, the scenario shows that Superman's parents would still have died and that he would still have become an orphan.  (That story, the title of which I've forgotten, is also from the Wayne Boring era and is reprinted in "The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told.")

Now I am aware that Batman, even in the 1950s, was haunted by the memory of his parents' murders, and that in Superman (another orphan--orphaned twice as a matter of fact) Batman found a kindred spirit.  But does the Caped Crusader have to strike fear and anguish into his supposed good friend on happy occasions like this?  And why does Superman seem to enjoy it in the "Fort Superman" story?  He has his arm around Batman as though this was the greatest gift he could have received.  He could have spent it in a healthier way by inviting Batman, Lois, Jimmy, Perry, etc. over to the Fortress for an anniversary commemoration.  (oh, I forgot, a Clark Kent robot would have had to appear as well.)

It's a weird story considering the time in which it was written.  Behind the smiles of the heroes, they have a strange sense of humor.  (I won't mention the strangeness of Batman going through a bunch of stores in full costume looking for a gift.  "Can I help you sir?"  "Yes, I'm looking for a gift for Superman."  "Well, what does he like?"  "He likes to be scared out of his wits.  He doesn't get enough adventure in his life..." )

It's funny, in a strange way, and I admit that I still don't understand the logic of that story.  But, if it made Superman happy on his 20th anniversary of publication, I guess that's good enough for him.

Durahn Taylor

(P.S., I'd like to see what Superman got Batman on his 20th anniversary the following year...)

Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 19:51:38 -0800
From: Supermania7000
To: Metropolis Mailbag

HI!  I am a big Superman fan.  The one thing I like about the Superman stories if I was forced to choose would definitely be how the writers made the Superman live a tragic non-mercyful life.  He is the only Superior that expressed feeling the readers could feel also.  They made it so we felt sorry for Superman, even though he was just a comic-book superhero.  Superman has been through a lot.  He's been turned into a female, a dog, a monkey, and a horse from some kryptonite (I forgot which color).  He's been split into two different beings.  Man... He's been through hell and back.  I'm also a big fan of the show Smallville.  It talks on the WB and it comes on Tues. at 9 pm and Sun. at 5:00 am.  The show shows Clark as a 16 or 17 year old teen devoloping his powers and dealing with his secret crush on Lana Lang and dealing with his friendship with Pete and Chloe.  The kent are in there a lot and Lex is in there.  But in Smallville Clark and Lex are friends (of course soon they will become enemies).  Anyway it's a great show and when I watch it I just think about how Clark has many more years of suffering to go through and now he doesn't even know it.

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 16:12:47 -0700
From: dnorthart
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Itís been 39 years since I read my first Superman/Superboy comic.  I was trying to remember (in order to tell my daughter) why Lex Luthor hated Superman--and here is the story, available to read online!!  Imagine my surprise.

Comics have changed a great deal since the Silver Age when I was collecting, but your site brings it all back.

Thanks so much for the fun of catching up with old friends!

Dr. Debra Northart

Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 10:04:10 -0700
From: Vanfossen
To: Metropolis Mailbag

That was great!  Like returning to my childhood...  Thanks!

Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 14:25:35 -0700
From: gasbo
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Oh dear, I read that comic then, well in the 50s, or one like it, a depiction if you will, as a boy.

Excellent just excellent...thanks for that, brought back a lot of fond memories.

I came across your site after becoming involved in a discussion about Smallville, the TV series at my tv forum (well not my forum one I participate in), here at auTVforums.

I have posted a link in there, hope you dont mind.

Date: Tue, 17 Sept 2002 08:30:14 -0700
From: Marc Bergeron
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Thanks for the memories!  I hope to read more in the near future.

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 15:11:36 -0500
Subject: The Evil Man of Steel
From: pete2002
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Was there a story in the 1960s comic book of an evil man of steel?  Superman was being held by chains of green k and said, "Fools! I told you chains of green krytonite could not hold me!......"  Which comic was it?  Date? Can you help me.


Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 01:20:31 +0530
From: mihirlovesmusic
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Thank you so very much for having stories such as these here!  i just discovered your site...and for a colloector like me...getting to just read these classics is a treat!  great stuff - have more online comics!
thanks again


Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 19:44:24 -0600
From: wreynolds1
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Well, I'll go ahead and date myself: Somewhere in the attic I have the original "How Luthor Met Superboy," purchased new when I was but a lad...

Thanks for the memory-lane trip!

William J Reynolds

Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 18:20:06 -0400
From: thorin105
To: Metropolis Mailbag

A very entertaining story.  I wonder if Lori ever appeared in any other adventures of Superman?

John Walker Whitty

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 14:05:58 -0400
From: jnsoderq
To: Metropolis Mailbag

One of the all-time greats!

Jeffrey N. Soderquist

Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 19:54:06 -0400
From: thorin105
To: Metropolis Mailbag

You all did an excellent job on this and I enjoy visiting your site!

John Walker Whitty

Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 15:55:00 -0400
From: agamir
To: Metropolis Mailbag

The story about Superman being the last man on earth is a story that I remember very vividly from my youth.  It is a classic!  It reveals the humanity of Superman, and the fact that underneath all those superpowers lies a human.  Although I was impressed that he was still able to keep his wits about him and resolved his problems.  I enjoyed the opportunity to see this comic again....



Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 15:35:35 -0700 (PDT)
From: robjen1334
To: Metropolis Mailbag

superman is my favorite hero i always love him, he was the strongest and he was sometimes invincible except for his love for lois lane.

jennifer jones

Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 21:44:35
From: slashqueen
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Loved that comic scan of when Superboy met Lex!  It's just like finding Mom's old Superman comics in the basement, only without the dust.


Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 10:29:15 -0400
To: Metropolis Mailbag

I loved the story of how how Lex Luthor met Superboy!  I think the fumes in the lab caused Lex to have a chemical imbalance in his brain, and now Lex has paranoia and hatred.

Superboy, after drinking the first of Lex's Kryptonite antidote, would have saved some of it, so that he could analyze it later and make a batch up for himself.  In reality, Superboy would still be immune to Green Kryptonite to this day.

I am coming here to this website often and read some more Superboy stories.

Date: Sun, 07 Jul 2002 18:16:22 -0500
From: David MacPhee
To: Metropolis Mailbag

I learned to read and draw from the comics I waited for so dearly at the corner store.  I dreamed that every comic on the racks were DC's.

To have the money I was forced to return the issues I bought for 2 cents.  Each comic cost 10 cents.  Your staff at the time felt so sorry when the price had to go up to 12 cents.  I found that by going door to door collecting pop bottles, I could get lots of cents.

I never wrote to the letter sections then, but now I can.  Dear Editor: On page 4, Lois has four fingers, but on page 8.....

When reading those comics the letters page was extremely important.  It created a sense of community and inclusiveness.  The opportunity to jump in was always there so many years ago.  Kind of like the Internet today.

Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2002 22:33:34 -0400
From: macpheem
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Thank You All!

The world needs you and I thought you did it all this for me.  I'm so silly!

The world is an older place now and we must pass on a certain "right of passage" to our children.

Sure!  "Cheech and Chong" comes to mind but is that what we want to share now?

My kids really like "MAD".  My brother and I loved that too!

"Napster" also comes to mind.  That was truly great!  Now, our kids love the Beatles!

Hey!  Can you beg or borrow the super scanner back and put that great Beatle story on your site?  Jimmy Olsen?

I was having a big problem with with page speeds even though I have DSL.  It might be time to consider more servers.

Perhaps a bit of advertising along that line could help you buy the scanner and tune up the planet to some real entertainment.

I have a very large collection of very old D.C. issues that I hope to preserve for my 3 daughters well into their adulthood.

Your site is a great way for them to truly understand the value of this collection.

David MacPhee

Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 17:01:11 -0700
From: ultimatefanboy
To: Metropolis Mailbag
Subject: Miracle Monday

Miracle Monday was amazing.  I have the story, and I read it now and then, but seeing it on the site was great.  Thanks to all you guys for providing us Superman fans with such a great resource, as well as a nice trip to the past now and then.

Again, thanks a lot.

LArry the Ultimate Fanboy

Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 03:27:37 +0000
From: Bob Schottler
To: Metropolis Mailbag
Subject: Origin of Superman!

Great site!  The 1973 "Origin of Superman" was the first time any writer gave what I thought was a reasonable explanation for Lara's willingness to allow her child to grow up without her just so she could die with her husband.  Her weight in the rocket would reduce the child's chances of survival!  The explanation was brilliant in the elegance of its simplicity.  For fifteen years I had always been able to suspend my disbelief about a flying man, glasses as a disguise, red kryptonite etc. but a mother sending her child off alone was too much.  It took E. Nelson Bridwell, the "continuity cop," to plug that hole at last.  He is missed.

Bob Schottler

Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 01:20:58 -0400
From: Johnny
To: Metropolis Mailbag
Subject: Superman Under the Red Sun!

This was fantastic!!  I am 51 yrs. old, and I remember reading the original comic book about Superman being the last man on earth!  Your site allowed me to return to the years of my youth to relive them a little bit while reading one of the best Superman issues to date.  Thanks for allowing me the ability to travel back in time.....

Johnny Guido

Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 11:20:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: docsavage80
To: Metropolis Mailbag
Subject: Superman comic strip

Incidentally, when Roy Thomas and Wayne Boring did the origin of the Earth-2 Superman in Secret Origins  #1 (1986), he incorporated elements from the first few weeks of the comic strip.  I recommend it, in that not only did I find the artwork more polished that anything Joe Shuster did, it was also more polished than Wayne Boring's previous work.

Also, although Jor-L first appeared in the comic strip as shown on this site, he did not appear in the comic books until More Fun Comics #101 (1945), although he was called Jor-El.  (Superman #53, sometimes cited as the first appearance of Jor-El in the comic books, actually came out later.  This misconception arises becauses Jor-El was shown wearing a very different multi-colored suit in More Fun Comics #101, so most artists referenced Superman #53 when drawing Jor-El.)

Finally, page 13, where Kal-L frees men sealed in a vault, swiped a scene from the novel Gladiator by Philip Wylie.

Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 18:27:39 -0600
From: STARR69
To: Metropolis Mailbag


My name is Ashley and I'm 14 years old.  I've never been a big "Superman" buff but was turned on to it when "Smallville" began airing on the WB.  Me, knowing nothing about "Superman," was greatly confused when I realized that in the show, Lex Luthor and Clark Kent are great friends.  So, I have been searching for information on why they became such great enemies in the first place.  I found your website, spent hours reading the comics, and I am now enlightened.  Thanks so much!  That question has been plaguing me for quite some time.  I will now become an avid reader and watcher of "Superman" thanks to you.  And thanks again for creating a medium in which every story finishes happily, and teen angst shows which air all too frequently can be put aside so people like me can truly come to appreciate the classics.


Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2002 10:52:07 -0500
From: weisinger73
To: Metropolis Mailbag
Subject: Re:  Who Took The Super Out of Superman, Part 1

You know, I have this one buried somewhere in a box at home.  While a college student, I bought the original series off the rack in a newstand in Ashland, KY.  Haven't pulled it out to read in years.

For some time, I've been frustrated and discouraged by the direction the Super books have taken.  While there have been a few bright spots, I find myself more and more unwilling to shell out the required two-and-a-quarter just to see whether the switch will flip to "On."

Reading Cary and Elliot and Curt and Bob's splendid opening to a memorable serial, I suddenly recalled that I used to have a lot of fun reading Superman comics.  In those days, I didn't leave my purchases in a bag until I got around to reading them.  No, I pulled 'em out as soon as I got in the door and plopped right in.  Invariably, the water was fine.

I'm an old fan, going on 47 years old to be exact, having read Superman for more than 40 years.  I thought I was going to have to quit reading.  I still have those boxes full of the Good Stuff, though, and now I've latched onto your site.

Can't wait for more.


Gary D. Robinson,
Conneautville, PA

Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 09:10:55 EST
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Superman under the red sun was a bit strange. I'm not sure if this story was one of the old Silver Age comics my brother collected in the 1960's.  If it was, I must have forgotten it. The concept was an interesting idea, for its time, but one of the weirder elements was the androids of Clark Kent's friends - that was a bit of a far fetched idea. Still, it was nice seeing Superman rely not on his powers, but on his wits. It was also nice seeing him have to eat. Far too much of the Silver Age Supe was ruined by his reliance on the inborn Krytonian powers and not gadgets and natural, human abilities. It's like Kal-El shows some MacGyver abilities and reliance on his superhero aspects.

Joseph Gilbert Thompson

Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 10:57:30 -0500
From: ImhotepPrince
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Hello - I was wondering, in your collection do you have The Story of Superman's Life by Otto Binder and Al Plastino?  Does it feature all about what happened on Krypton?  Many Thanks and good luck !!!!!

Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 14:16:00 -0600
From: J Reiter
To: Metropolis Mailbag

Hello. I read the preceding story back in 1976, also. I was 13 at the time. I was into Superman at the time, as was any body else who was 13 at the time.  "The Luthor Nobody Knows!" was brilliant, and is still brilliant today, 26 years later. It gives me the willies to this day.

Good Writing, anywhere, regardless of whether it is a comic book, a Graphic Novel, Television program, or Movie, let alone online graphic novels, and short subjects, is the basis of any one of these let alone all.  ES!M almost always has turned out a bravura piece; This one is a model of ES!M's quality. Enjoy.

J. Michael Reiter.

Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2002 17:47:07 -0000
From: Peter Wackett
To: Metropolis Mailbag

This was brilliant I am only 13 so I have never read it before!

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 11:12:17 -0500
From: Peter Hoover
To: Metropolis Mailbag

It was great reading this story again.  When I was a young child in the late fifties and early sixties, I used to spend my allowance on all these comics, and I remember this story very clearly.  What great fun - a little escapism at this time in our countries history!

Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 03:38:19 -0500
From: Jonathan Hoyle
To: Metropolis Mailbag

I love the great scans of Superman #296, it is better than when I read it back in 1976!  I am looking forward to the rest of them.  A couple of suggestions for future issues (all coincidentally from 1976):

1. Superman #300's story "Superman 2001", the "What If" Superman came to Earth "today" (1976) and grew up to be Superman in 2001.  Very cool story.

2. The other four-parter from 1976: Action #460-463, Superman's salute to the Bicentennial story.

3. All Star Comics #62, the return of the Earth-2 Superman, particularly page 10, perhaps the best one page encapsulation of Superman ever written.

Keep up the good work.  Thanks!

Those are some fantastic suggestions, Jonathan, thanks very much for sending them in!  We've lost access to a scanner and graphics workstation, so it may be a while until you get the chance to see them or the other installments of Who Took the Super Out of Superman?, but to help with the wait, you can check out our sneak peek at Part Two!

metropolis mailbag letters from - Jan/Feb 2004; 2003; 2002; 2001


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