Superman and Lois Spent Their First Christmas Engaged by… Answering Mail?

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Today, we look at the first Christmas that Superman and Lois Lane spent together after they were engaged.

It’s our yearly Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar! Every day until Christmas Eve, you can click on the current day’s Advent Calendar post and it will show the Advent Calendar with the door for that given day opened and you can see what the “treat” for that day will be! You can click here to see the previous Advent Calendar entries. This year, the theme is a Very Dope 90s Christmas! Each day will be a Christmas comic book story from the 1990s, possibly ones that have a specific 1990s bent to it (depends on whether I can come up with 24 of them).

This year’s Advent Calendar, of Grunge Santa Claus giving out 90s present, like a Tamagotchi, while posing with four superheroes with the most-90s costumes around, is by Nick Perks.

And now, Day 7 will be opened (once opened, the door will feature a panel from the featured story)…

Today, we look at 1991’s “Metropolis Mailbag” from Superman #64 by Dan Jurgens and Jackson Guice…

In this issue, Superman lets Lois Lane in on a little secret now that she knows his secret identity and the two are engaged to be wed. Every year, along with letters to Santa Claus, people around the world send letters to SUPERMAn, as well. So Superman visits the post office and tries to do what he can every Christmas.

The letters go from the silly…

to the bittersweet, like the Holocaust survivor in the United States who discovers that her sister that she felt was long dead is actually alive but near death herself in a nursing home in Germany…

Then there are the brutal letters that Superman can’t do anything about, like a woman who needs a heart or this extremely sad letter from a young boy…

Superman goes to lend some moral support at the very least, but ends up too late as the man has already died. The boy is not forgiving…

Finally, one little bit of Christmas joy. The Daily Planet used to do a Christmas party for kids, but due to a long-forgotten then-current 1991 plotline, the Daily Planet workers were on strike and thus the kids were going to be stiffed this year. Luckily, through a call to Bruce Wayne for money for presents and then a visit to Professor Emil Hamilton (who later turned out to be a psychotic villain – oh, DC Comics, you rascals you) for help on how to create a facsimile of Santa Claus’s sled, we got the following…

Awesome stuff. Such great artwork by Guice and a charming story by Jurgens. There’s a reason why the mailbag kept coming back year after year. It was such a great idea by Jurgens.

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