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Friday, April 13, 2012

Adventure Comics # 157, October, 1950

Yes that looks vaguely like an off-model Archie Andrews attempting to douse Veronica and Betty until Superboy stops him...only we all know Archie wouldn't do something like that. Inside--another good Aquaman-less issue with more Frazetta!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Adventure Comics # 156, September, 1950

Notable for the early (first?) appearance of Curt Swan drawing Superboy both on the cover and in the interior. Swan would go on to become the definitive super-artist for most of the next 35 years.

Finally, a trend that stuck. This was the first issue of STRANGE ADVENTURES which would last more than twenty years.

THE ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE had already begun earlier in the year from DC so this FEATURE FILMS issue could have been there. Was the actual HOPE title so popular they thought they could get some mileage out of it here?

Hey, it's Aquaman! So...guess who's missing again.

Another Real Fact story--a leftover? Fred Ray (Fray) is the artist.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Adventure Comics # 155, August, 1950

Hmmm...The Shining Knight (by Fritz!) is back and Aquaman is missing again. I'm beginning to wonder if those two were feuding!

DANGER TRAIL--"The Kind of Stories You Like Best." Wonder how they knew that? It was a fairly dull police detective thing with some well-remembered artwork from Carmine Infantino.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Adventure Comics # 154, July, 1950

Looks like Frank got the month off again but that gave him more time to work on next issue's SHINING KNIGHT tale--his best yet!

The problem with titles like the one below is that if one month is popular, the next one was something entirely different and might be a big flop. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Adventure Comics # 153, June, 1950

The first thing one notices here is the cover proclaiming four series and then adding "...and other famous features." Presumably Aquaman would be one...only it's Aquaman that's missing for a change! In fact,  Frazetta's Shining Knight is not only back but now takes the prime spaces after Superboy for the first time!