Monday, July 23, 2007

Adventure Comics #503 - Sept. 1983

So it's come to this...the final issue of the legendary Adventure Comics.

Adventure was always my favorite of DC's "big three" omnibus titles--Action Comics = Superman, and Detective Comics = Batman of course, so I liked how Adventure was home to the lesser known guys, like The Spectre, Plastic Man, Deadman, and of course the home-away-from-home of my favorite hero, Aquaman.

Maybe it's randomness is what kept it from being a consistently big seller, so it was subject to cancellation, something DC would never dare do to Action or Detective. Ah was fun while it lasted. At least DC tried to give the book a nice send-off, with this wraparound cover by Ross Andru and Joe Rubinstein, starring almost everyone who flew threw Adventure's pages during its fifty year history(I hope they got paid double for all the work this baby must have been!).

The final set of stories include:
The Legion in "The Mutiny of the Legionnaries" by Edmond Hamilton and John Forte
Plastic Man in "Brickface" by Martin Pasko, Joe Staton, and Bob Smith
Aquaman in "The Big Pull" and "The Traders' Trap" by Steve Skeates, Jim Aparo, and Dick Giordano
Zatanna in "The Tower of the Dead" and "Kill Or Be Killed" by Len Wein and Gray Morrow
The Guardian in "The Newsboy Legion" by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Jimmy Olsen in "Elastic Jimmy and His Legion Romances"(which sounds like a 60s rock band) by Jerry Siegel and Forte

...on top of the regular Paul Levitz Legion text piece, there's also a nice three-page cover gallery, showing the evolution of the title from being called New Comics with #1, New Adventure Comics with #12, and then finally just Adventure Comics with #32. An all-too-brief tribute to an era of comics long gone--goodbye Adventure Comics!

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