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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Adventure Comics # 313, October, 1963

The cover may look miscolored but when you read it you see that the girl Legionnaires purposely have red faces. 

 Seems like only yesterday that the Silver Age was kick-started with the initial appearance of Barry Allen as THE FLASH. For many younger fans, the annual advertised below, re-presenting The Golden Age Flash,  was the first time they ever saw a Golden Age story.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Adventure Comics # 312, September, 1963

This was a big one. Lightning Lad is brought back to life but only at the sacrifice of another hero. one who, as far as I know, actually has remained dead in all the years since. It's presented as if it's Saturn Girl but in the end it turns out to be Proty. Proty, although obviously a sentient being with a changeable protoplasmic body, was presented as being Chameleon Boy's pet and, in fact, a member of the Legion of Super Pets.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adventure Comics # 311, August, 1963

A nice bright Legion cover spotlighting the Subs as well as the membership proper (including the off-model, "I don't get no respect" Invisible Kid). Since this issue's other story features Super BABY, this is the first issue in more than a decade in which Superboy only appears in a few images, such as here o the cover and on the letters page. There's a letter here, by the way, from a "Mark Wade." While one might think tis could be future LSH writer Mark WAID, misspelled, remember that this issue came out in 1963. THAT Mark would have been one year old.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Adventure Comics # 310 July, 1963

Again, Superboy snags the cover but the Legion gets the main slot with yet another rarely reprinted tale, this one involving a future Myyzptlk. In the letters page, Mort Weisinger is seemingly credited with going to Hollywood to plot Kirk Alyn's SUPERMAN serials of years before. Perhaps they meant Whitney Ellsworth, ADVENTURE'S former editor, instead? Another letter comes from sci-fi great and sometime LSH author, Edmond Hamilton, whose wife, Leigh Brackett, would later script THE EMPURE STRIKES BACK.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adventure Comics # 309, June 1963

That may be Superboy on the cover but for the first time the Legion of Super Heroes gets not only the lead spot but the longer story for the first time. Oddly enough, this is one of the lesser-known and lesser-reprinted LSH stories. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Adventure Comics # 308, May, 1963

A very nice Curt Swan cover here and yet another bizarro reference in the story's splash, below. 

Interesting to note the unprecedented special announcement plugging the now-classic "Superman-Red and Superman-Blue" imaginary story.

One of my neighbors in nearby Ft. Mitchell, KY here brings up the fact that Lightning Lad should stay dead because anything else would be something best left to God. The Editor terms this a controversial point!

In the meantime, Lightning Lad comes back to life in this very issue...only nit really. It's the debut of yet another Legionnaire, the late hero's sister, Lightning Lass (later Light Lass).

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Adventure Comics # 307, April, 1963

Another major character debuts in this ish's LSH tale--Mystery Lad! Who? Well, if you're a Legion fan you can recognize Element Lad on the above cover. After years of no real characterization, he would become a fan favorite character in the eighties. The Bizarro appearance on the cover is duplicated on the inside but nothing else. Was DC trying to see if Bizarro might still sell comics?