Regular readers may be familiar with my occasional Dear Editor feature, which spotlights fan feedback from the vanished era of comic book letter pages.
A few months ago, I posted a "Dear Editor" letter from a young lad named Tony Armalis, originally published in a 1961 issue of Superman. Well, imagine my surprise when this comment appeared in my email inbox this past weekend:
"Mark, this is unbelieveable! I was having a hard time
sleeping, out of boredom did a search on my name, and
came up with this. I remember writing this letter back in
'61 at the ripe age of 14. I really got a kick out of this."
Although the crux of the joke for that particular "Dear Editor" post was the editor's strange reply, I still have to hand it to "Grown-Up Tony" for having a good sense of humor over the whole thing. As surreal as it was to hear from him, I can only imagine how surreal an experience it was for Tony to see a letter he wrote forty-six years ago discussed on some geek's website.
I suppose in the age of Google, this sort of thing isn't quite the star-crossed cosmic coincidence it might have been in years past....but still....what're the odds?