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A letterhack is a fan who is regularly published in comic book letter columns.

Many letterhacks became well known throughout the industry. Writer Mark Engblom describes the phenomenon this way:

Chosen by the title's editor (or, in some cases, the writer), a few lucky fans would get the opportunity to share their opinion with not only the creators, but a captive audience of fellow fans as well. In fact, some of the most prolific fans had letters printed almost every month in a variety of titles, becoming minor celebrities in their own right.[1]

The 1994 Squiddy Awards featured a "Favorite Letterhack" category![2] Some of the most prolific "LOCers" or "letterhacks" include:

Some letterhacks gained entrée into an actual career in comics because of their letter-writing expertise. For instance, Bob Rozakis parlayed his frequent published letters to DC comics during the late 1960s and early 1970s into a job as DC's "Answer Man" and eventually a solid career as a DC writer. Kurt Busiek, Mary Jo Duffy, Mike Friedrich, Mark Gruenwald, Fred Hembeck, Tony Isabella, Paul Levitz, Ralph Macchio, Dean Mullaney, Martin Pasko, Diana Schutz, Beau Smith, Roy Thomas, and Kim Thompson are just a few of the many comic book professionals who got their starts as young letterhacks.

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  1. ^ Engblom, Mark. "The Letters Page = Fanboy Valhalla," Comic Coverage (May 7, 2007). Accessed Feb. 12, 2009.
  2. ^ Klorese, Roger B.A, compiler. 1994 Rec.arts.comics.* Squiddy Awards. Accessed Sept. 28, 2008.
  3. ^ De Blieck Jr., Augie. "Pipeline: A Decade of Siren," Comic Book Resources (Sept. 23, 2008). Accessed Sept. 26, 2008.
  4. ^ Cronin, Brian. "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed" #92, Comic Book Resources (Mar. 1, 2007). Accessed Sept. 27, 2008.
  5. ^ Friedrich, Mike. "Julius Schwartz: The Memorial Service," Challenger: A Science Fiction Fanzine (Summer 2004). Accessed Sept. 28, 2008.