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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Adventure Comics # 479, March, 1981

With Jack C. Harris now as Editor, ADVENTURE returns after a brief hiatus as a showcase for the revamped DIAL "H" FOR HERO concept. In the sixties version, young Robby Reed found a dial that gave him a chance to turn into a new superhero every few pages. It was a fun wish-fulfillment concept. So here it is again cranked up a notch with both a boy and a girl with a dial and the revival of the Katy Keene concept of having the fans send in new fashions...or in this case heroes!

Former DC head honcho Carmine Infantino returns to being an artist in order to illustrate the series, although it's far from his best work.

Note the creator of The Silver Fog, one Harlan Ellison, age 46.

Originally solicited through fan circles, here's the official form where one can submit hero ideas.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Adventure Comics # 478, December, 1980

Well, this was it. With this issue, after 478 issues, ADVENTURE COMICS was canceled...for like a month or three. The connected fans who read TBG, TCR and TCJ all knew this by the time the book arrived but there's nothing in the book to indicate it other than the notes at the end of each story telling the reader to follow Aquaman in ACTION, Plas in SUPER FRIENDS and Starman in some possible future issue of DC PRESENTS.

A fun Marx Brothers story from "Pesky" Pasko and his great Plastic cohorts. 

And again, OJ as a sports hero. These were different times. 

At this point, ADVENTURE COMICS took a brief break and was gone for three months...but we'll be back tomorrow with that March, 1981 issue. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Adventure Comics # 477, November, 1980

"If that's not adventure...what IS?" asks the cover. Well, of course it was adventure, at least for a short while. More great-loooking art all around this issue. Note Clark Kent in that Aquaman splash. The letters page reveals that they were thinking of moving Starman...elsewhere. That would not occur.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Adventure Comics # 476, October, 1980

Giordano's truly impressive art is again the highlight of the issue as Aquaman's quest to find Mera continues.

What the heck is Richie doing in here??

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Adventure Comics # 475, September, 1980

Here's Aquaman again, barging right in like he owns the place, which he kind of does I suppose. The letters page mentions two prior runs in ADVENTURE but there's more than two! This new series starts with some beautiful Dick Giordano art but unfortunately we're still dealing with the maudlin circumstances of the death of Aqualad and it isn't about to get any better here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Adventure Comics # 474, August, 1980

No that isn't a nipple on the STARMAN splash, just an unfortunately placed fiber in the pulp paper...I think.

The wave of the future. THE NEW TEEN TITANS would arguably be the best written and drawn DC title of the entire decade of the eighties.

Why look who's back next month as part of the DC explosion! What is this the...fifth time?

Marv Wolfman takes over and tries perhaps a little too hard with Plas.