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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Adventure Comics # 320, May 1964

Dev-Em is back, as we noted earlier, only now as a good guy...not the reader knows that at first.

Note from the ad that the Bizarros were back, too, only in SUPERMAN that month rather than ADVENTURE.

Now that the Legion was a solid hit with Superboy relegated to his co-star role in that series and his reprinted back-ups, it made sense to change the name of the letter column.

In spite of growing opposition to Viet Nam, DC managed to do quite well with war comics throughout the sixties, partly by keeping them either in World War II or with, of all things, dinosaurs!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Adventure Comics # 319, April, 1964

With this issue, Superboy returns to the cover but as part of the Legion. Going forward, he'll remain a major player in LSH stories for quite some time to come.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Adventure Comics # 318, March, 1964

Sun Boy gets the spotlight this time around with Edmond Hamilton scripts and John Forte art continuing under gorgeous Swan/Klein cover. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Adventure Comics # 317, February, 1964

At this point, JFK was dead and the era of Camelot had passed in the real world. In the comics, things were continuing to develop toward the peak of the mid-sixties Silver Age with covers such as this great Curt Swan and George Klein one. It's great in spite of the fact that the dreaded Superbaby stories have now been translated into the 30th century in a way. This issue introduces Dream Girl as the villainess. Later, of course, she becomes a member. On the cover she looks much like she's remembered but inside she looks very different. 

Here we have the first of the Superboy Hall of Fame Classics. AS often happened during this period, the original publication is not noted but it's from a 1957 issue of SUPERBOY and is drawn by John Sikela.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Adventure Comics # 316, January, 1964

Another early important LSH tale in which Ultra Boy takes center stage. The letters page offers a couple of folks still lamenting the lack of Bizarros. The really interesting thing about this issue, though, is that you have the longest Legion story yet. So long in fact that there's no room for a Superboy story! The few leftover ages are taken up with Legion special features. The letters page points out that, beginning with the following issue, classic Superboy reprints will appear.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Adventure Comics # 315, December, 1963

Shades of Jimmy Olsen's giant turtle boy, itself lifted in toto from an old pulp novel. The Subs feature once again in a prominent role in the Legion story, complete with Night Girl's hair.  Wow!