In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out if even mention of Supergirl in letter columns has been banned from DC post-Crisis
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DC Wouldn’t Even Allow MENTION Of Post-SupergirlCrisis, even in the letter columns of the comics.
False, but a bit of truth
As I noted in an old Legends Revealed comic, one of the greatest Christmas comic stories of all time is “Should Auld Acquitances Be Forgot” by Christmas with superheroes #2, by Alan Brennert and Dick Giordano.
The story features Deadman, who, of course, can only be corporeal by possessing people. That’s fine under normal circumstances, but at Christmas he feels like a jerk, stealing people’s vacation time from them. So he becomes a ghost again and he laments how horrible it is to be a ghost during the holidays. He is dissuaded by a mysterious young woman…
Obviously, this young woman was Supergirl, who died during Crisis on Infinite Earths and was later written out of continuity in the Man of Steel reboot (which made Superman the “last son of Krypton”).
The problem is that the Superman titles were thwarted by a comic book story that would directly contradict their newly established continuity. I made a caption about how Jerry Ordway…if he wasn’t threatening to quit, per se was very upset about it. He explained to me in an old Legends Revealed comic, “Even after John left the books, Carlin fought many battles on our behalf, to make sure what we did was consistent in the other DCU books. J ‘ve always believed that a company should keep its characters consistent, as a service to readers. I think Julie Schwartz tried to keep the Man of Steel incarnation of her era consistent both in tone and in looks, and we’ve all tried to do the same. The creators working on a character need to have some power to exercise control, so, for example, a huge Superman moment, in terms of continuity, appears in a Superman title, not in Booster Gold, or Legion or Blue Devil.”
DC’s Christmas special editor Mark Waid knew the story might prove controversial with Superman’s office, so he explained the situation to Dick Giordano (then DC’s editor) to prevent the story from being smothered by Superman’s office. to complain. Giordano liked the idea of the story, so he decided to draw it himself so no one would ask to cancel the story if his boss drew it, you know?
So with the storyline sure to happen, Superman’s office tried one last thing.
At the same time that this story was coming out, Power Girl was in a coma in the pages of Justice League Europe…
So they asked if they couldn’t just say it was POWER GIRL meeting Deadman, while she was somehow connected to the spirit world while in a coma.
However, Dick Giordano told them that it was just a simple Christmas story and not to complicate things too much. So the story remained as it was.
However, this controversy led to a rumor that DC even banned the MENTION of Supergirl from the comics! For example, in a 1989 issue of Secret origins (also edited by Mark Waid), Supergirl’s name is basically censored (also, in a profile description on writer Paul Kuppeberg in girl of power #2 in 1988, her long run on Supergirl was not mentioned in her article)…
I asked Mark Waid about the highly visible use of Supergirl’s name in the Secret Origins letter columns, and he mentioned that it was just a joke based on the current controversy. In other words, it wasn’t a literal ban, but it was close enough that Waid put that joke on. Whether it was an actual ban or not, Waid felt that way and that’s why he put the edited mention of Supergirl’s name in the letter column.
But no, not a literal ban on even mentioning Supergirl’s name. Things weren’t SO crazy (obviously, though, things were weird enough that Supergirl wasn’t mentioned in Kupperberg’s article, which again wasn’t a literal ban, but it was). was a bit of an implied prohibition that would suggest publishers were simply better off if they didn’t even wade into controversy…pun intended, honest.
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