Mark’s Remarks – Avengers #290 (April 1988)

I love it when I get great letters, especially ones of “general interest” that I can share with your in this column. I have such a one right here that’s far more interesting than anything I have to say this month.

Dear Mark Gruenwald,

The letters page can be a fun, informative, interesting part of a comic book, but rarely is. Instead, predictable letters are printed and responded to. These letters can be broken down into several catagories:

  1. A letter asking for a No-Prize.
  2. Fan letter: “I’ve been collecting comics for 12 years and have over 5,000 of them, but IRON MAN #217 was the best…” Or, on the other side of the coin, “I HATE YOUR COMIC! I REALLY THINK IT STINKS!”
  3. Compliment letter: “Wow! Astounding! I love ______’s (fill in the blank) art! It’s the best since…,” or the opposite, “Your art sucks eggs! It’s really ugly! Get a new artist!”
  4. Simple comment letter: “Bring back the Tumbler!”
  5. Humorous letter: “Print this letter! Or I’ll – I’ll – I’ll do something!”
  6. Historical question letter: “Where did Captain America get his shield?”
  7. Current question letter: “How old is Tony Stark?”
  8. Intelligent, interesting, commentary: (Well thought out letters, such as those discussing whether or not Cap killed anybody during World War II, Tony Stark’s alcohol problem, etc.)

Of course, all of the above letters appear in letters pages and all are needed. However, I suggest that when someone writes a letter of types A through E, you simply put their name, address, and type of letter they wrote. You’d save lots of space, and get to print a lot more interesting commentary. Well, I guess that IS a little too radical, I think everybody enjoys reading No-Prize requests and humorous letters, but please keep them to a minimum. Your comics have the best letter columns in comics – keep it that way!

Jeffrey R. Lacasse
Lompoc, CA

Thanks for writing, Jeffrey. So what do you think, o’ rest of my readership? Should this guy be lionized or hung out to dry? Write me in care of this column.

–Mark Gruenwald­­