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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Adventure Comics # 225, June, 1956

A colorful cover fronts a fairly good if unspectacular issue. The stories are okay but to me the highlights are the BINKY PSA speculating about life twenty years in the future, and the ad for the new JACKIE GLEASON comic. St. John had previously had a JACKIE GLEASON comic book and it must have done well for DC to have wanted to take over the license.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Adventure Comics # 224, May, 1956

This issue's SUPERBOY story is a variation on a much-used plot where the Boy of Steel has to humor someone and cover for them at the same time for some reason or other. In this case, it's Jonathan Kent who thinks he's Superman!

Below is one of the earliest--if not THE earliest--of the Palisades Park ads spotlighting the Man of Steel. When I first saw these long-running ads a decade later, I didn't have a clue where New Jersey was but I sure wanted to go to Palisades Park!

SHOWCASE # 2. We're getting there.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Adventure Comics # 223, April, 1956

Entertaining stories all around this time but the weirdest thing is the cover note touting "The ABC's of Archery," this issue's legally required text pages! This may be the only time the text pages ever got billing on the cover.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Adventure Comics # 222, March, 1956

We offer another complete AQUAMAN tale this time around, another atypical story with, as usual, impressive Ramona Fradon artwork. The real item to note this issue though is the initial ad for SHOWCASE. We went through the Golden Age, through the decline of the superheroes (well, pretty much everywhere except here in ADVENTURE!) and before the year is out, we will pass alongside the generally accepted start of the Silver Age...all as we just keep moving along with business as usual here at ADVENTURE.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Adventure Comics # 221, February, 1956

Somebody must have liked these Superbaby stories because they just kept doing them as the years went by. This was one of--if not THE--first! Fans often wonder if Mort Weisinger actually thought toddlers talked like that. "Me get top." "Me get big bright ball in sky!"

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Adventure Comics # 220, January, 1956

By this point, the appearance of Superdog Krypto is becoming more the norm than a special thing. 

This would have been on sale in November of '55 so here's a look at a number of the tie-ins to the successful ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN TV series. Just in time for the holidays.