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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Adventure Comics # 271, April, 1960

This issue, we present a seminal story in the Silver Age Superman Family mythos--the story of how Lex Luthor met Superboy, lost his hair and went rogue. Unlike many of the Superboy tales, this one would be referred back to endlessly.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Adventure Comics # 270, March, 1960

A pretty good Superboy tale and another Aquaman tale highlighting Aqualad but the big news here is--NO Green Arrow and Speedy! After 20 years, they suddenly had no regular home. They would appear  from time to time in WORLD's FINEST and GA would end up in the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (as well as becoming a popular guest star in THE BRAVE & THE BOLD).

Replacing the Emerald Archer here is CONGORILLA for the next year or so. Congorilla was originally just plain CONGO BILL, a JUNGLE JIM wannabe who lasted a surprisingly long time in ACTION and WORLD'S FINEST and even had his own title a few years before this. The previous year, though, over in ACTION, Bill was given the ability to transfer his mind into the body of a powerful golden gorilla. This was most likely due to DC's long-runing gorilla fetish in the fifties.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Adventure Comics # 269, February, 1960

More Krypto and yet another mean space kid already. 

Normally this fun Green Arrow tale about comic books would be the one we'd share here but...

Finally! After all these years! Aquaman gets his sidekick! Meet Aqualad.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Adventure Comics # 268, January, 1960

Interestingly enough, just prior to introducing a sidekick for Aquaman after all those years--as stated in this issue's letters column--we get to see Aquaman himself when he was a boy--Aquaboy.

Note also the two Daisy ads again as we build toward Christmas.