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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Adventure Comics # 332, May, 1965

When I first discovered the Legion---and we're getting close to that point---I thought one of the coolest things about Lightning Lad was his robot arm. It almost made up for his weirdly cut diaper. Little did I suspect at the time that he got the robot arm as part of a truly tragic tale against the Super Moby Dick of space! This story would prove to be so popular that it was referenced again and again in later stories. Artist John Forte returns briefly but the inks from George Klein give the whole piece a Curt Swanish look.

Future DC writers Bob Rozakis and Cary Bates both have letters in this ish!

Interesting to note that DC was pushing BLACKHAWK, once one of the country's biggest selling comics but here long past its prime, in sub ads.

Aurora was lucky to get the jump on BATMAN marketing with this model, here still nearly a year before the camp TV series began. Once the boom hit, they already had bat-merchandise in the stores. I know I made my mother buy ME one right away!

1 comment:

  1. Is it just me, or does the Batman illustration on the back page look like the work of Murphy Anderson?
    When I was a kid, I always thought that Lightning Lad had the coolest Silver Age uniform, made all the more fascinating by the metal arm.