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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Adventure Comics # 356, May, 1967

Oh, no! Not the baby schtick yet again! Oh, well. At least it only takes up half the issue with the remainder being yet another Lana Lang/Legion, story, this one a reprint.

The classic Dev-Em story, originally from ADVENTURE, is reprinted in this SUPERBOY 80 Page Giant where I saw it. By this point, both ADVENTURE and SUPERBOY were two of my favorite DC titles.

More early writing from Mark Evanier on the letters page and below that a well-remembered PSA with BEM!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Adventure Comics # 355, April 1967

This one, although offering part two of the notorious Adult Legion tale (and introducing us to yet two more Legionnaires, these the descendants of Luthor and Mxyzptlk) is a bit odd in that this story, although cover-featured, takes up only half the comic. The second half of the issue is given up to a more old-fashioned (can you be old-fashioned when dealing with the future?) LSH story by Otto Binder spotlighting Lana Lang who herself becomes a Legion reservist.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Adventure Comics # 354, March, 1967

As important as the stories by Shooter have been up 'til now, this new two-parter is equally infamous. But I still love it and it's not even a guilty pleasure. This is the controversial "Adult Legion" story that seemingly tied writers to its continuity for ages afterwards. Oddly, not only is the just deceased Ferro Lad prominently featured on the cover but so are, in their first appearances, Chemical King, Reflecto and, most importantly, Shadow Lass. 

In a nod to past history, Lone Wolf returns as Timber Wolf, again several years prior to his actually doing so in continuity. It's more a set-up than a story but so much fun for Legion fans.

This Captain Action with parachute was my big Christmas gift that year. It didn't work. I threw it out the third floor window multiple times and Cap just plummeted to the ground. Recently it was selling for upwards of $1000.00 on eBay. Yeesh.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Adventure Comics # 353, February, 1967

Yet another seminal issue, Ferro Lad becomes the first comic book hero, I believe, to die since MLJ's Comet more than two decades earlier.