(January 1983)

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Volume:
48
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.

This comic book appears in the movie "Dreamscape" (1984) starring Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw. The comic book (along with Arak, Son of Thunder #17) are lying on a coffee table about 11 minutes into the film.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown; Legion of Super-Heroes / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Ross Andru [as Andru] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Giordano [as Giordano] (signed)
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino
Job Number:
C-976

Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Red Ryan]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy]
Keywords:
green kryptonite

Indexer Notes

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

For nearly 50 years, the leader in innovation has been...Adventure Comics (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Yesterday's Clues! (Table of Contents)

Challengers of the Unknown / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Carl Gafford
Job Number:
J-8285

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Professor Haley; Red Ryan]
Synopsis:
Continued from last issue... The not-yet-Challengers hang in Rocky's apartment, reading and paying bills. Only Professor Haley frets about the jet sabotage. Ace wonders if he's the target. Red recounts how he was installing a radio tower in South America and almost killed by a dictator. Professor Haley recounts how he helped rescue a sunken statue. Professor Haley had inherited a fortune that cut his cousin Freddie out of the will. Professor Haley needs to talk to Freddie. But first, Red has something to confess... Continued.

Indexer Notes

An original adventure based on their origin in Showcase 6 and Challengers of the Unknown 31.

The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [also appears as Clark Kent]; Sun Boy (impostor); Tom Tanner; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Phantom Girl; Brainiac 5; Chameleon Boy; Sun Boy]; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Chief Parker
Synopsis:
Superboy meets new Legion member Sun Boy (who is later revealed to be an impostor). Meanwhile, reform school escapee Tom Tanner (a double for Clark Kent) tries to take over Clark's life in Smallville.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

first appearance of Sun Boy; original story is partially rewritten from "The Two Clark Kents" in Adventure Comics #191 (August 1953). Reformatted to fill 14 full pages.

Underworld Reward! (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 22 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:
Aquaman; Aqualad; Mera (cameo flashback); Aquababy (cameo flashback)
Synopsis:
Aquaman finds himself in conflict with a gang of unnamed criminals.
Reprints:

The Man Without a World (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
Owen Blessitt (reprint colorist)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel; Dr. Sivana
Synopsis:
Sivana tricks Captain Marvel into believing that he killed all the inhabitants of a planet.
Reprints:

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

Superboy / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Carl Gafford (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [also appears as Clark Kent]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl]; Legion of Super-Pets [Krypto, Streaky, Super-Monkey, Super-Horse]; Brain Globes of Rambat; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Jax-Ur; General Zod; Mon-El
Synopsis:
Superboy is attacked by his friends in the Legion, under the evil influence of the Brain-Globes of Rambat. After the Legionnaires regain their senses, they gather four super-pets to defeat the Brain-Globes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First appearance of Legion of Super-Pets; first appearance of Comet the Super-Horse.

Crime Carnival! (Table of Contents)

Sandman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Kirby
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Howard Ferguson
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Sandy; Stretcho; Midge; Presto; Samson
Synopsis:
Sandman and Sandy battle the villains of the Mammoth Carnival.
Reprints:

Die, Spectre--Again! (Table of Contents)

Spectre / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Dirk Rawley; Mona Marcy; Commissioner Hackett
Synopsis:
The evil etheric body of magician Dirk Rawley emerges and forces him into crime.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Edited or reformatted so that the original 23 page story fits into 22 pages.

The Story Behind the Story (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Background information on the two Superboy/Legion reprints in this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

100 pages of Non-Stop Adventure! (Table of Contents)

Sandman; Superboy; Captain Marvel; Spectre; Aquaman / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Sandy; Superboy; Sun Boy (impostor); Captain Marvel; Spectre; Aquaman

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Challengers of the Unknown; Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. For nearly 50 years, the leader in innovation has been...Adventure Comics
  3. 2. Yesterday's Clues!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero!
    Superboy
  5. 4. Underworld Reward!
    Aquaman
  6. 5. The Man Without a World
    Captain Marvel
  7. 6. The Legion of Super-Traitors!
    Superboy
  8. 7. Crime Carnival!
    Sandman
  9. 8. Die, Spectre--Again!
    Spectre
  10. 9. The Story Behind the Story
  11. 10. 100 pages of Non-Stop Adventure!
    Sandman; Superboy; Captain Marvel; Spectre; Aquaman
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