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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Adventure Comics # 151, April, 1950

Some really lovely art from Ralph Mayo on JOHNNY QUICK this issue but again it's outshone by Frazetta on SHINING KNIGHT. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Adventure Comics # 150, March, 1950

DC didn't do anything special for the 150th issue of ADVENTURE COMICS...well, not on purpose anyway. With this issue, though, not only is Sir Justin, THE SHINING KNIGHT, back but he looks better than ever under the pen of the very young Frank Frazetta, later acknowledged as the greatest fantasy artist of the 20th century.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Adventure Comics # 149, February, 1950

Al Plastino provides this fun cover. I love the expression on the guy in the middle. Note below that DC was touting a recently won award. Comics by this point were under fire from many sides for violence and the company was doing anything and everything it could to diffuse that as far as their own comics. 

We're starting to get lots of PSA's with superheroes but ultimately DC's BINKY and BUZZY would be used mostly for these.

Plenty of room for The Shining Knight this issue but instead we get a biographical piece on author Jack London that would have been more at home in REAL FACT COMICS. Since that title had ended a few months earlier, I'm going to presume this story, drawn by Batman ghost Dick Sprang, was a leftover.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Adventure Comics # 147, December, 1949

Okay, now that's one of the oddest Superboy covers yet. Part of me thinks it was just an excuse to show a pretty girl with nice legs on the cover.

Chew gum, get a weapon. Ah, those more innocent times.

Cowboy star Tom Mix had been dead for years by this point but that never stopped the merchandising.

Good news? Yes. I suppose. But not like Batman and Robin fans didn't already know this.

                                                                GA gets his own PSA!