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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Adventure Comics # 231, December, 1956

By this point, The Flash had made his debut in the October issue of SHOWCASE but that had yet to really affect any of the other titles. Here we get--rather quickly it seems--another Superbaby, another well-drawn but goofy Aquaman story and another Batmanesque tale of GA and Speedy.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Adventure Comics # 230, November, 1956

The nicely drawn horse on the cover by Curt Swan and Ray Burnley is actually the best thing about this rather standard issue. Nothing bad at all about it, mind you. Just...there.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Adventure Comics # 229, October, 1956

Two issues in a row with a building on fire on the cover. Someone was slipping. This was an example of a clever story that was hampered by the fact we knew--since Superboy grows up to be Superman--that it's major developments can't last.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Adventure Comics # 228, September,1956

Note that the big contest from last issue still gets prominent cover billing as well as 3 whole pages devoted to it inside!

It's fun to loom at ads like the one below and see just who the really popular people were at the time it was published. Is that Perry Como at upper left? If so, it's nota  great shot. The others are Tony Curtis, Gale Storm, Rock Hudson, Audie Murphy and I believe that's Debbie Reynolds partially covered up lower left. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Adventure Comics # 227, August, 1956

Here we have the first appearance of DCs big contest of 1956, heightened here by the fact that the folks on the cover are offering presents--or prizes--to the Boy of Steel.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Adventure Comics # 226, July, 1956

Here's another "super-rival" story already. This issue features more Superman merchandising, someone (Moriera) other than Mortimer on the PSA and, for Green Arrow, finally a use for that red hat he sometimes has as he and speedy have to impersonate The Crimson Archers of Belgravia.