(December 1982)

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Volume:
47
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Carl Gafford
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U.S.; Standard Silver Age U.S.; Standard Modern Age U.S.; Digest size (5" x 6.75") #491-503
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched; Squarebound #390, 416, 491-503
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown; Superman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Keith Giffen [as Giffen] (signed)
Inks:
Frank Giacoia [as Giacoia] (signed)
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Rocky Davis; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan]; Superman; Legion of Super-Villains [Lightning Lord; Saturn Queen; Cosmic King]

Indexer Notes

Lettering and coloring credits from Carl Gafford in a December 2010 e-mail.

Continuing the legend that is Adventure Comics (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

Contract on a Champ! (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
George Tuska
Inks:
Andy Mushynsky
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
Milt Snapinn

Genre:
adventure; superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Rocky Davis; Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley]
Synopsis:
Retelling of the origin of the Challengers continues.

Superboy's Big Brother! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Bernstein
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [Kal-El]; Mon-El [also as Bob Cobb]; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Krypto (cameo); Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback)
Synopsis:
When a space ship crashes outside Smallville, Superboy finds an amnesiac super-powered youth who might be his older brother. He christens him Mon-El and sets him up with a secret identity, but he soon finds evidence that Mon-El is not in fact Kryptonian.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

The Secret of Mon-El! [Superboy's Big Brother! chapter 2] (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Bernstein
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Mon-El [Bob Cobb; Lar Gand] (origin); Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Lana Lang; Miss Joyce; King Mycerinua; Rhodopis; Jor-El (flashback); Lara (flashback); Phantom Zone
Synopsis:
Trying to prove Mon-El isn't actually Kryptonian, Superboy accidentally exposes him to lead, which both poisons him and returns his memory. He remembers that he is a space explorer from Daxam named Lar Gand, who visited Krypton, meeting Jor-El and Lara, before arriving on Earth. To save his life, Superboy sends Lar Gand into the Phantom Zone until he can cure him of his lead poisoning.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

To Win is to Lose! (Table of Contents)

Aqualad [Aquaman] / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
Bob LeRose (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Jim Aparo
Editing:
Dick Giordano (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aqualad; Aquaman; Aquagirl; Vulko; Phil Darson
Synopsis:
Aqualad continues the search for Mera while Aquaman is temporarily sidelined.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Story has an Aqualad logo instead of Aquaman.

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

Captain Marvel Faces Fear! (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Pete Costanza
Inks:
Pete Costanza
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)
Letters:
?
Editing:
Wendell Crowley ? (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Fear; Dr. Carl de Reine; Sterling Morris (cameo)
Synopsis:
The living embodiment of Fear causes trouble for Captain Marvel by stirring up a panic with rumors about an atomic bomb in the city.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

The Legion of Super-Villains! (Table of Contents)

Superman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Legion of Super-Villains [Cosmic King; Lightning Lord; Saturn Queen]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Man (Adult Lightning Lad); Cosmic Man (Adult Cosmic Boy); Saturn Woman (Adult Saturn Girl)]
Synopsis:
Lex Luthor presumes that the existence of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future requires a legion of super-villains as well and manages to contact them from his prison cell. They travel into the "past" to free him, and join forces to destroy Superman. However, he foils their plans by removing Saturn Queen's criminal tendencies.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

The Sinister Lives of Captain Skull! (Table of Contents)

The Spectre / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Murphy Anderson
Inks:
Murphy Anderson
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original story)

Genre:
occult; superhero
Characters:
The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Captain Skull
Synopsis:
The use of an experimental anesthetic on a sniper-shot ambassador causes him to be possessed by his ancestor, an 18th century pirate named Captain Skull who has received strong supernatural powers in the process. Only the Spectre can stand against him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

The Story Behind The Stories (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
non-fiction
Synopsis:
Paul Levitz gives background information about the Legion-oriented reprints in this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover

["100 Pages of the Greatest Adventures Ever!"] (Table of Contents)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Keith Giffen [as Giffen] (signed)
Inks:
Romeo Tanghal [as Tanghal] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel; Superboy; Mon-El; Aqualad; Spectre
Synopsis:
One panel each previewing the four stories in this issue that were not depicted on the front cover.

Indexer Notes

Back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Challengers of the Unknown; Superman
  2. 1. Continuing the legend that is Adventure Comics
  3. 2. Contract on a Champ!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. Superboy's Big Brother!
    Superboy
  5. 4. The Secret of Mon-El! [Superboy's Big Brother! chapter 2]
    Superboy
  6. 5. To Win is to Lose!
    Aqualad [Aquaman]
  7. 6. Captain Marvel Faces Fear!
    Captain Marvel
  8. 7. The Legion of Super-Villains!
    Superman
  9. 8. The Sinister Lives of Captain Skull!
    The Spectre
  10. 9. The Story Behind The Stories
  11. 10. ["100 Pages of the Greatest Adventures Ever!"]
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