At the risk of sounding like and old man and talking about when I wore an onion on my belt (which was the style of the time) there was a time when the letters pages of a comic was a big deal. They’re still around today, but the mystique of them has been replaced with the various ways talking about comics is done on the Internet. In their day, the letters pages were a window into what the audience was thinking about the books they were reading and if you could get a letter printed it was a big deal.
From 1999 to 2002(ish) I wrote (or e-mailed, I guess) into a bunch of comics and some of those missives actually got printed. In fact, one of those letters was printed in an issue of Martian Manhunter, where another letter by a fellow podcaster was also printed. And that’s why Paul Hix (co-host of Waiting For Doom, DCOCD, and The Gary Show) and I are teaming up. Not only do we talk about why the letters pages mattered but we read a handful of the ones that we got printed with some fun digressions along the way.
Below is the cover and the letters page from the book where Paul and I first “worked” together.
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Next Time: No idea, but it will be about comics. Yeah. I’ll stick with that.