Forbidden Adventures: The History of the American Comics Group

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7
A Man of Letters

Midnight holds many mysteries for all men. Down through the ages, from out of the mists of antiquity itself, has come the concept of the witching hour.

Introduction to the letters page, Out Of The Night # 9, June/July 1952

One amusing thing that I recall was a fan letter that Dick received from some woman in Kentucky who claimed that invisible writing would appear on her leg at night and wondered what Dick thought of it. Dick wanted to write back asking her to send the leg in, but better minds prevailed.

Artist Kurt Schaffenberger

The American Comics Group was a small, stable publisher, thought of by many readers as an underdog, and underdogs are often sentimental favorites. The ACG letters columns were also popular in the comics in which they were printed, representing some of the liveliest and most personal ones in comic books of that era. ACG's first letters column appeared in Adventures Into The Unknown # 1 ( April /May 1949). The length of the column increased from one to two pages in February 1958 ( Adventures Into The Unknown # 93 and Forbidden Worlds # 63).

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