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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Adventure Comics # 137, February, 1949

Another good scan of another good issue. How popular was the SUPERBOY feature in ADVENTURE COMICS? Check the full-page ad after the GREEN ARROW splash (which features yet another return of the Joker clone, The Bull's Eye).

Hey, look who's back! Still not quite the good stuff but...soon.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Adventure Comics # 136, January, 1949

It's the end of 1948 and below we see the characters DC was considering their greatest characters. Note Brooklyn from the surprisingly popular BOY COMMANDOS, still being drawn in the Kirby style after Simon and he were long gone.

Seriously? A baseball pitcher? After last issue? I can't believe it's not Bob Feller!

Nowadays you can buy these pre-made, of course, but it's not the same. When your mom made them for you in the kitchen it was a REAL treat!

Still too many ads and filler strips to make room for THE SHINING KNIGHT but he's on his way back with the highlight of his whole comics career. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Adventure Comics # 135, December, 1948

We're back to covers that have little of nothing to do with the Superboy stories. 

Here we have yet another Green Arrow story that could easily be a Batman story, complete with a 1940's style Batman villain, the Flag.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Adventure Comics # 134, November, 1948

Another striking cover and yet another one that is just a copy of the interior splash. The real star of this issue os, for some bizarre reason, Cleveland Indians baseball pitcher Bob Feller! We first meet "Rapid Robert" on the inside front cover where we see that he appears as himself in the current issue of BOY COMMANDOS. Feller also stars in this issue's full-page Wheaties spotlight ad and finally turns up one more time at the back of the book in a Thom McCan ad--where one can get a "genuine facsimile" autograph!

After all the Mort Meskin stories that became more and more stylized, it's a bit of a shock to see this JOHNNY QUICK story by Charles Sultan. Sultan was a good, solid comics artist who had come through the Eisner-Iger Shop and later the Harry A Chesler Shop. He did quite a few well-done but unremarkable comics before becoming a paperback editor and publisher later on.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Adventure Comics # 133, October, 1948

Another issue missing Sir Justin for unknown reasons and another issue where the cover is just the splash page retouched and recolored. 

Recently we had "Lanterns" of various colors at DC. Here, in a precedent from decades earlier, we have different colored "Arrows."