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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Adventure Comics # 383, August, 1969

This issue features two very different Supergirl tales, one rather modern one by veteran scripter Bob Kanigher and one in the more classic Silver Age style by relative newcomer E. Nelson Bridwell. Seen below is the former with the unique art combo of Win Mortimer and Murphy Anderson. The other story has Schaffenberger's ultra-clean artwork.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Adventure Comics # 382, July, 1969

After a relatively original solo debut, Supergirl falls back into familiar Superman Family territory here with splendid but old-fashioned looking art from longtime Lois Lane artist Kurt Schaffenberger, ties to previous continuity in the Super-teacher robot, more continuity implants and even a dose of the now infamous "superdickery" from her cousin. 

I once owned some of the original art by Bob Brown and Wally Wood from the SUPERBOY issue advertised below, a fact that would have astonished 10 year old me when the issue came out.

The 13 tales in the issue below were all post-code stories from the fifties--dull but often clever and with good art including some by a man who was perhaps contemplating his return to DC around this time--Jack Kirby. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Adventure Comics # 381, June, 1969

I have to tell you I was devastated back in '69 to find the Legion of Super-Heroes no longer had their own title as of this point. That said, though, I quickly warmed to this first ever full length SUPERGIRL story. Swan and Adams stay on the cover and Mortimer and Abel on the interiors but newcomer Cary Bates handles the script. It's a pretty good one, too, and when Superman shows up to ostensibly save the day, our heroine basically tells him she's got it.  Neat. Of course, then they have, of all people, Batgirl show up on the last page--after not even having been mentioned in the entire issue--to actually save the day. Ugh. Still a promising start to a few years of Maid of Might adventures.

After years of cutting pages rather than raising prices, it was time for another slight increase. They'd come much faster in the following years.

DC's jouse ads had taken a definite downturn compared to their glory days but I always liked the one below (in spite of the seeming illogic in highlighting DATE WITH DEBBI).