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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Adventure Comics # 88, October/November, 1943

Not much to say here as the title continues to coast during this period with fairly standard tales, SANDMAN being the only one to generally rise above mediocrity. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Adventure Comics # 87, August/September, 1943

Anther good S&K cover and another good S&K SANDMAN story highlight yet another otherwise dull issue. Nothing bad...but nothing particularly good either.  JACK POTTS, seen below, is another new single page filler.

CAPTAIN TOOTSIE on the back cover was a long-running comic strip ad for Tootsie Roll products, ironically created by the folks behind Fawcett's Captain Marvel, Superman's biggest rival.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Adventure Comics # 86, June/July 1943

June/July? Apparently we're now a bi-monthly. Another striking S&K propaganda cover but it masks a fairly substandard issue. 

The Big Six is not only now the Big Eight but there's another ad further down for the OTHER eight titles DC was putting out!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Adventure Comics # 85, April, 1943

Another S&K cover that actually matches the story, in this case up to and including the circle on the splash page.

Here's a fun SHINING KNIGHT story speaking unexpected cameos--in a way--from the Big 3--Superman, Batman and Robin, as drawn by Louis Cazeneueve.

Note the last panel in which we're told to check out next month's issue of MORE FUN for another Sir Justin adventure. Apparently a mistake, THE SHINING KNIGHT continued to appear here in ADVENTURE and never had a series in MORE FUN. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Adventure Comics # 84, March, 1943

A classic, attention-getting cover if ever there was one. This issue is marred however by the fact that HOURMAN's time ran out in the previous month. 

Apparently DC felt the need to deal with the war effort more directly than they had been to date so MiIKE GIBBS, GUERRILLA replaced Tick-Tock Tyler and Thorndyke starting this issue with a fairly standard spy series with okay art by Irving Tirman.