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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Adventure Comics # 102, February/March, 1946

It really wasn't fair to the readers in those days. There were no fanzines, no websites, not even any kind of real marketing/networking within fan clubs. No one who bought this issue would have had any way of knowing that it would mark the last issue of ADVENTURE as they had come to know it. We start with a pretty good pseudo-Kirby cover with Sandman and Sandy, complete with Starman up in his usual corner spot...both for the last time.

GCD attributes this last Golden Age Sandman tale to Gil Kane and Marvin Stein. It's a pretty good one compared to what we've seen in recent issues so we're presenting the whole thing here.

And here's the splash for the final STARMAN adventure, again with Gershwin at the artistic helm. 

Next issue THIS is the only guy who'll still be here! Who'da thunk it!?

With the war over and the servicemen returning home, the market for superheroes was perceived as thinning drastically if not dying out completely. Below is an ad from this issue for two new DC titles--a non-fiction title and a funny animal title. Like other companies, DC was looking for the next big thing by this point. 

This was hardly the end of GENIUS JONES, however, as his semi-hero antics were simply about to move to the pages of MORE FUN COMICS...while that title's heroes moved in here and settled for a long run! Check back tomorrow to meet them!

This guy didn't stand a chance with the war over.

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