Monday, July 9, 2007

Adventure Comics #496 - Feb. 1983

This time its Gil Kane who provides the Legion/Challengers cover for this issue of Adventure. The Legion half is ok but I really dig the Challs motif!

The Challs lead off the book in "Tomorrow's Answers!" by Bob Rozakis, Alex Toth, and Frank Giacoia. While Toth inking Toth is best I think, Giacoia does a nice job on these stories.

The other stories are:
Supergirl in "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!" by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney 
Aquaman in "Underworld Reward Part 2" by Steve Skeates, Jim Aparo, and Dick Giordano 
Captain Marvel Jr. in "The Mystery of the Missing Newsstand" by Elliot S! Maggin and Dave Cockrum 
Supergirl again in "Superman's Super-Courtship" by Siegel and Mooney. This is the story that famously features this uber-creepy panel:
Not an imaginary tale!

Somehow the book finds a way to kep going with The Sandman in "Dreams of Doom" by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby 
• We wrap up with The Spectre in "Hang 'Em Up, Wildcat--You're Finished!" by Gardner Fox and Neal Adams, which of course guest-stars Wildcat.

It's a testimony to just how good Neal Adams was that he could make such a hero with such a goofy uniform as Wildcat look totally badass, which he does here. After reading one Adams-drawn Wildcat story and you're ready for a Wildcat solo title! Though, of course, teaming up The Spectre with Wildcat is like teaming up a nuclear bomb with a sling-shot, but what the hey, things have always been a bit nicer on Earth-2.


Earth 2 Chris said...

Oh my God. That is the single creepiest panel ever printed in a comic book. What was Wesinger thinking running that?

Is that the story where Supes is embracing Superwoman, who is essentially a grown Supergirl? I've seen a cover like that before.

I feel dirty now.


rob! said...

it's from Action #289, which was indeed a Mort Weisinger-era issue! shocking!