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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Adventure Comics # 213, June 1955

Pretty much the same scene here between cover and first page.

Once again, a single page filler by an unknown artist. Nicely drawn but not really funny.

Willie Mays was the most popular baseball player in the country and, as such, became probably the first African-American in ADVENTURE COMICS who was not a stereotype...even though he only appeared for this one photo.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Adventure Comics # 212, May, 1955

Fishing, camping, traveling... would think this was a summer issue rather than being on the stands in March. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Adventure Comics # 211, April, 1955

Code or not Code, it's pretty much back to business as usual as Superboy dreams of Superman and his troubles with both Lana and Lois. Meanwhile, Aquaman and Green Arrow (with Speedy) continue apace--entertaining but nothing really all that special.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adventure Comics # 210, March, 1955

Here we are--the very first issue of ADVENTURE under the then-newly inaugurated Comics Code. The title had been so bland--entertaining, mind you, but bland--for so long I can't imagine any problems cropped up this month or anytime soon. 

This was also the very first appearance of Krypto, the Super Dog from Krypton who here joins Mort Weisinger's growing Superman Family for a good long run.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Adventure Comics # 209, February, 1955

One of the few Superboy covers of ADVENTURE where the Boy of Steel technically doesn't even appear. This is also the final issue before the Comics Code kicks in. Although there's no mention in the stories, one can tell by the Christmas ad and PSA that this came out at the end of 1954.

Wait a sec. Aquaman is here and so is Green Arrow...again. This was when it must have finally set in with fans that the rotation was over. Johnny Quick had made a valiant effort, outlasting most of DC's other superheroes but was finally retired. Oddly enough, it would be less than two years later when DC began its revival of superheroes with yet another speedster--the Flash.

This issue's GA story tells the origin of sidekick Speedy. Well...AN origin. Like GA himself, he has had a number of variations on an origin over the years. I believe this was the first one.