Adventure Comics #496 [Direct-Sales Variant]
(February 1983)

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Volume:
48
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1982-10-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Carl Gafford; Nicola Cuti
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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Gil Kane (signed)
Inks:
Gil Kane
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino
Job Number:
C-977

Characters:
Supergirl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy

Indexer Notes

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

Tomorrow's Answers! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Carl Gafford

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Cyrus Haley
Synopsis:
Continued from last issue... The not-yet-Challengers are still trying to discover who sabotaged their jet... In Hawaii, Prof and Rocky pay a call on Prof's cousin Freddie, who was passed over to inherit Uncle Cyrus's fortune. Rocky kicks in a door - and finds Uncle Cyrus, alive and cranky! Cyrus faked his death to avoid taxes, and now attacks Prof with his cane! Cyrus collapses with heart trouble. Neither the old man nor Freddie could have rigged a sabotage... In Las Vegas, Ace and Red visit Bernie, a loan shark that gambler Red owes a fortune. He wants Red alive to pay his debt. What about Johnny Green, an old friend of Red's? He was supposed to fly with them. As for the plastic sabotage gizmo - Ace yells, "Plastic, that's it!" Continued...

Indexer Notes

An original adventure that expands on the Challs' origin from Showcase 6 and Challengers of the Unknown 31.

Supergirl's Greatest Challenge! (Table of Contents)

Supergirl / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
Inks:
Jim Mooney
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Supergirl [also appears as Linda Danvers]; Lois Lane; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy]; Whizzy (descendant of Streaky); Positive Man; Chameleon Men [also appear disguised as Legionnaires]; Fred Danvers; Edna Danvers; Streaky
Synopsis:
Traveling to the 30th century, Supergirl defeats the Positive Man to help the Legion of Super-Heroes, who have lost their powers. Later, she exposes the Chameleon Men who have been posing as the Legionnaires.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The real Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, and Triplicate Girl do not appear in this story, only their Chameleon Men impostors.

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

Underworld Reward Part 2 (Table of Contents)

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:
Aquaman; Aqualad; Mera (cameo)
Synopsis:
Aquaman defeats the nameless gangsters then is transported away by a mysterious invention and finds Mera standing before him.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Mystery of the Missing Newsstand! (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel, Jr. / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot S! Maggin
Pencils:
Dave Cockrum
Inks:
Dave Cockrum
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel, Jr. [also appears as Freddy Freeman]; Good-Natured Joe
Synopsis:
Captain Marvel, Jr. battles a gang of crooks who stole Freddy's newsstand.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Superman's Super-Courtship! (Table of Contents)

Supergirl / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
Inks:
Jim Mooney
Colors:
Carl Gafford (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Supergirl [also appears as Linda Danvers]; Superman; Luma Lynai; Helen of Troy; Rhondous; adult Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Man; Phantom Woman; Chameleon Man; Triplicate Woman; Sun Man; Saturn Woman; Brainiac 5; Lightning Man]; Fred Danvers; Edna Danvers
Synopsis:
Supergirl tries to find the perfect mate for Superman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Dreams of Doom (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 [Sandy Hawkins]; Monroe Alvin; Torchy Grogan; Bugs Baron; Doctor Hoak
Synopsis:
One of America's richest men is afraid of the dark and turns to the Sandman to solve his problem and hopefully end his horrific nightmares. But the man's personal psychiatrist has different ideas.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Menace of the Mystic Mastermind (Table of Contents)

Spectre / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Jack Dold
Synopsis:
When interdimensional forces accidentally grant superpowers to "Sad" Jack Dold, he embarks on a crime spree and battles Wildcat and the Spectre.
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

Indexer Notes

Background information on the two Supergirl/Legion reprints in this issue.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Spectre; Sandman; Captain Marvel, Jr.; Aquaman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Keith Giffen (signed)
Inks:
Frank Giacoia (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre; Wildcat [Ted Grant]; Jack Dold; Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Sandy; Monroe Alvin; Captain Marvel, Jr; Aquaman
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Supergirl; Challengers of the Unknown
  2. 1. Tomorrow's Answers!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  3. 2. Supergirl's Greatest Challenge!
    Supergirl
  4. 3. Underworld Reward Part 2
    Aquaman
  5. 4. The Mystery of the Missing Newsstand!
    Captain Marvel, Jr.
  6. 5. Superman's Super-Courtship!
    Supergirl
  7. 6. Dreams of Doom
    Sandman
  8. 7. Menace of the Mystic Mastermind
    Spectre
  9. 8. The Story Behind the Stories
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Spectre; Sandman; Captain Marvel, Jr.; Aquaman
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