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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Adventure Comics # 177, June, 1952

Longtime SUPERBOY artist John Sikela returns and shows his own version, below, of Win Mortimer's cover, above.

 Ramona Fradon had already developed her unique style by this point and her AQUAMAN featured some of the best cartooning in ADVENTURE from now on.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Adventure Comics # 176, May, 1952

This issue has a clever and fun SUPERBOY story. As usual lately, Mortimer handles the cover and Curt Swan (with John Fishcetti) do the interior honors as the Smallville Court insists that the Boy of Steel have parents, leading to a whole mess of mishaps since, as Clark Kent, he already does but can't reveal them.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Adventure Comics # 175, April, 1952

An early example of the "rival super boy" storyline that will pop up a dozen or more times in the history of the Superboy series. 

First Green Lantern's dog takes over the covers of ALL-AMERICAN, now we get a dog who doesn't even need a superhero! REX would have a nice long run in comics at a time when Rin Tin Tin and Lassie were popular on TV. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Adventure Comics # 174, March, 1952

Win Mortimer on the cover, Swan on the tie-in story below.

Seen below is an ad for SUPERMAN AND THE MOLE MEN, the short, low-budget feature that marked the debut of George Reeves as Superman prior to his TV series.

By this point, all of the humor filler was being provided by Henry Boltinoff. Thus it struck me as odd that this back of the book page was NOT by him.