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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Adventure Comics # 363, December, 1967

A striking cover for the 2nd part of one of my least favorite Shooter stories.

In the time since the Bizarro feature ended here in ADVENTURE, it had become a bit of a cult favorite amongst collectors...or else Weisinger just acted like it had in order to come up with yet another way to fill an 80 Page Giant. 

An odd cameo from The Man of Tomorrow in Super-Turtle!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Adventure Comics # 362, November, 1967

Okay, even though there are a few more good issues yet to come--and a couple of great ones--, this was where the Legion jumped the shark for me. In retrospect, it's interesting to me only for Pete Costanza, the former artist of Fawcett's Captain Marvel, drawing the villain flat out as the Captain's arch enemy, Dr. Sivana. Lots of fun and nostalgic ads in this issue, though!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Adventure Comics # 361, October, 1967

A good issue but one which feels rather old-fashioned both in its writing, the fact that it's a one-off, non-continued story and most of all the return of Jim Mooney on the art, apparently over Shooter's layouts. Some characters seem a tad off-model.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Adventure Comics # 360, September, 1967

Part two and another winner and favorite of mine as well.

Lois's witch here creeped me out. Wasn't until years later that I realized how much she resembled EC's Old Witch!

Here we are with the debut of the number one Astronaut toy of the sixties.

A letter from Michael Weldon. Is it the one who went on to publish PSYCHOTRONIC?

More astronaut stuff for kids. I swear if you weren't there you'll never understand that astronauts were as big as Batman!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Adventure Comics # 359, August, 1967

One has to wonder if Jim Shooter's consistent early success at DC while still a teenager in some ways led to his later Marvel attitude of "I can do no wrong" as noted by many freelancers there in the eighties and since. Still, one can't fault him as a prodigy as here is part one of yet another two part issue and yet another of my all-time Silver Age faves. I particularly liked Invisible Kid here. He'd been the leader for a while at this point but had basically been ignored.

I remember taking this JIMMY OLSEN 80 Page Giant with me to a doctor's office to read during the endless wait in the waiting room. 

I can't recall if I actually owned this or just knew someone who did but it was a noisemaker alrighty. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Adventure Comics # 358, July, 1967

Shooter takes a break from his home runs with a standard issue here, interior art by George Papp once again. This being 1967, it's still a fun issue with all the cool ads and such. The back cover points toward just how close the world was getting to where what had been just science-fiction becomes reality!