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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Adventure Comics # 503, September, 1983

Whew! We made it! Issue # 503, the final issue!The main image is a rather awkward looking Ross Andru sketch but the back cover and presumably the similar front border are by Howard Bender and Pablo Marcos, offering a tribute to characters long gone. How anyone could make out the teeny figures on the original digests, I don't know.

The Legion stories would continue for a time in their own digests. 

A double dose of Aquaman this time to get us to a stopping point but editing out the Deadman sequences that tied in with this section. 

The Spectre doesn't appear, leaving room to finish up the Zatanna reprints as well.

One final surprise is the first ever ADVENTURE appearance of Simon and Kirby's NEWSBOY LEGION and their Guardian. The Guardian even gets a nifty back cover logo that I don't believe was ever used again.

The final LSH appearance is, in fact, a Jimmy Olsen tale, quirky, fun and a tad misogynistic as always.

A brief cover gallery takes us back to teh very earliest days. Few if any readers at this pount were there when it all started. Or born.

Well, there you go. It's been a blast going down memory lane and hopefully introducing you all to the various wonderful--and not so wonderful--features that make up the history of ADVENTURE COMICS. The title has. in recent years, been revived, and even the Legion returned to it. But make no bones about it, numbering or not. It's a different title. ADVENTURE COMICS ran 503 issues...and here they all are.

Coming up next? Not sure yet but suggestions have been made that I make the World's Finest Blog. While I thought I already had, we'll see...

When I get my new computer. Please contribute to our fund if you can. We're almost there.


  1. How about one on Detective Comics. Batman and the rest.

  2. The Guardian logo was also used on his WHO'S WHO entry and an ALL-STAR SQUADRON cover. I think it was because DC wanted to be sure to secure their copyright to the name since Marvel started using that name for the leader of Alpha Flight.

  3. Just found this tonight on your last entry! Now I can start at the beginning (add smiley with my face here) I bought the last issue off the stands of my local Lowes Grocery. Still have it.

  4. I've loved this long trip, Steven. It's the kind of internet resource we could have only imagined existing a few short years ago. Thanks!

  5. I only recently stumbled across this blog thanks a long time interest in Golden Age and Silver Age comics in general (and Superboy and Supergirl in particular) and have been reading my way through and I just have to say thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this Steven. Being all of two years old when this final issue came out I never had a chance to buy any so this is both a tremendous resource and a great look back at an era I missed first hand. A brilliant job!

  6. It's been a fun ride , Steve (I've been along since day one!)-- looking forward to the next --ahem-- adventure, with World's Finest!