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Friday, May 11, 2012

Adventure Comics # 183, December, 1952

This issue's most interesting aspect is actually an ad for the SUPERMAN TV series.

Although I've never seen any statistics, one reason DC's flagship heroes survived the indifference of the early fifties as well as the purge of the mid-fifties could well be TV's ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, here premiering in syndication in the Fall of 1952. DC had been casting its lot with radio and TV tie-ins for a few years and now here, for the first time, they had their own built-in tie-in. The popularity of the series throughout the decade promoted the comics and the comics reciprocated by promoting the George Reeves series itself. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Adventure Comics # 182, November, 1952

Some fun stories this ish with the GREEN ARROW tale being best in my opinion. Neat ads, too, including a great ad for trains and yet another reminder that school inkpens used to need filling. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Adventure Comics # 181, October, 1952

I'm probably off-base with this since Timely's Sub-Mariner was already gone and the Atlas revival had yet to occur. That said, doesn't this issue's "evil Aquaman" vaguely resemble a blond Namor in a few panels?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Adventure Comics # 180, September, 1952

The guy making the speech on the cover looks quite a bit like Edward Brophy, an actor who, among other things, was sort of the inspiration for Green Lantern's sidekick, Doiby. 

With the Korean War came a boom in war comics with DC then as later having some of the best.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Adventure Comics # 179, August, 1952

Remember when "Wackiest" was spelled with an "h?" Whackiest? Neither do I. 

I always think of JOHNNY QUICK as an urban strip but here's an atypical tale set in the great outdoors with a Paul Bunyan theme.