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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Adventure Comics # 376, January, 1969

In a case of "too many cooks," this less than well-done cover was, according to GCD, drawn entirely by Curt Swan, messed with by Carmine Infantino adding and repositioning figures and then inked overall by Neal Adams. Oddly enough, I see none of that and always thought it was bad Irv Novick art. 

This issue we see a letter by LSH-fan supreme, Neal Pozner. Just a few years later, Pozner would be working at DC and personally put together the acclaimed Legion-themed issue of THE AMAZING WORLD OF DC COMICS (seen below). 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Adventure Comics # 375, December, 1968

I remember wondering how even Superboy could rip the symbol off his costume and how lucky for Saturn Girl that hers seems to have just been stuck on.

I like DC's humor titles but they were anything but hip in spite of this ad.

I continue to enjoy the Win Mortimer artwork but not the larger panels. Overall, though, it was all downhill from here for the Legion series.

Captain Action had been around for several years by this point but finally got a villain as well as a revised sidekick. I called this new Action Boy costume with its pointless helmet, Action Bullet!

OH, NO!! Not a whole collection of those super-baby stories from ADVENTURE and the other Super-titles.

BAT LASH # 2, seen below, was a book I avoided at the time but in later years, picking up its short run, it became a favorite. In fact, Nick Cardy's cover of issue # 2, seen here, is one I often cite as my favorite Silver Age cover.

Many of DC's once great house ads were now fairly dull but a handful of titles like ANTHRO, THE CREEPER, ANGEL & THE APE and, seen below, Jay Scott Pike's DOLPHIN, were still very clever and creative.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Adventure Comics # 374, November, 1968

This was it. One could argue that we wouldn't be here today discussing this issue if this issue hadn't existed. Hmmm...wait a sec. Well...Anyway! This is the issue that published my very first letter! My very first anything! I started writing to comics as early as 1966 when I still had to dictate my ;letters to my Mother. I remember writing to GREEN LANTERN and AQUAMAN early on but when nothing came of it, I slowed down, reserving my praise only for comics that really, really impressed me. This was the first one that either Mort or Nelson or some proto-chipmunk actually chose to print and I knew right then and there that I LIKED seeing my name in print!


Even at age 9, I recognized Jack Davis's style in this cool ad.

DC was starting here to embrace the world of fandom. I wish I had ordered some of the fanzines they plugged but instead I had to wait another 3-4 years before I discovered a store that sold them. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Adventure Comics # 373, October, 1968

A classic Neal Adams cover on a fun and memorable issue featuring the return of Win Mortimer to the pages of ADVENTURE as the new LSH artist and featuring (Spoiler) The Flash's descendants.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Adventure Comics # 372, September, 1968

A lovely Adams cover marks Part 2 of the cool story that introduces Chemical King--predicted in the Adult Legion tale--and returns Nemesis Kid along with a few other earlier rejects. With all due respect to Jack Abel, can you imagine this with more detailed inking?


Monday, December 3, 2012

Adventure Comics # 371, August, 1968

I liked this issue. I mean, I REALLY liked this issue! Even though the new story took up only half the issue, I liked it enough that it prompted me to write a letter to the Editor. Check back in a couple of issues for the results. In the meantime, after some out of order ads, here's the entire story--another Part 1--that I liked so much.


Looks like Shooter once again didn't or couldn't fill the issue with the main story so a reprint was stuck in. BUT...this reprint of a '62 Edmond Hamilton story didn't have The Legion in it at all. Originally. Apparently Shooter was called on to do a few panel rewrites and a couple of new panels with a brief LSH cameo just to justify its Superboy ever needed justification to have a solo story in ADVENTURE.