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Comics Pro Mailbag 7

In this edition of Comics Pro Mailbag, we take a second dip into Marvel’s letters pages for some coruscating correspondence from an aspiring professional, one who a mere four years later would be receiving fan mail instead of sending it.

The “Mutant Mail-Box” page of X-Men #60 (September 1969) is dominated by this letter from Don McGregor, who would soon make his mark with well-respected takes on the Black Panther and Killraven in Jungle Action and Amazing Adventures, respectively, as well as a brief run on Luke Cage, Power Man. Later, he would be known for penning the pioneering graphic novels Sabre and Detectives, Inc.

About 23 years old at the time, McGregor provides an insightful analysis of the soon-to-be-cancelled series’ shortcomings, especially in terms of character development.

It may have been gratifying to McGregor when the late-‘70s relaunch of X-Men essentially followed the advice he offers here, and became one of Marvel’s flagship titles.


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2 Comments:

At 9:25 PM, Blogger JB said...

Interesting to consider that Marvel was printing writer's entire addresses along with their letters back then.

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger Tony said...

I believe it was meant to facilitate fans writing to each other in those pre-Internet days. Stan Lee understood the value in building up fandom.

 

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