Adventure Comics #497 [Direct-Sales]
(March 1983)

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Volume:
48
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1982-11-16
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

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Gil Kane [as GK] (signed)
Inks:
Gil Kane [as GK] (signed)
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino
Job Number:
C-103

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Red Ryan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan]; Superboy; Ultra Boy

Indexer Notes

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

Adventure Comics (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

All Together Now! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Dan Adkins
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
John Costanza
Editing:
Nicola Cuti

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]
Synopsis:
Continued from last issue... The not-yet-Challengers investigate who sabotaged their plane... Red Ryan escorts an old friend, Johnny Green, in Las Vegas, when a car tries to run them down! Johnny explains HE was the target, not the heroes. Johnny won $300K from mobsters but hadn't collected. He was to fly to Vegas with Red. Mobsters planted a plastic sabotage device to crash the plane: plastic to fool metal detectors. The heroes meet the mobsters. A fight brings "Chaos in the Casino". Johnny gets paid and the mob goes to jail. And the heroes finally get their TV appearance as "Challengers of the Unknown!"

Indexer Notes

An original adventure that finishes their expanded origin from Showcase 6 and Challengers of the Unknown 31. More Challs stories were planned for Adventure Comics Digest, but they were bumped out by Legion reprints. The only finished unused story became part of DC Comics Presents 84.

The Boy With Ultra-Powers! (Table of Contents)

Superboy / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo (reprint colorist).
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [also as Clark Kent]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah, also as "Gary Crane"](introduction and origin); Marla [also as "Ben Crane"]; Pete Ross; Krypto; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent
Synopsis:
Ultra Boy must discover Superboy's secret identity as an initiation test for the Legion.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ultra Boy spelled "Ultra-Boy" in this story. Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

The Explanation! (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman; Mera; Vulko; Narkran; Aquagirl; Aqualad (cameo flashback); Aquababy (cameo flashback)
Synopsis:
Mera has been held captive by the same gangsters Aquaman has been fighting. After they escape, they head for Atlantis for the final showdown with Narkran.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Mighty Marvels Join Forces! (Table of Contents)

Marvel Family / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [also appears as Billy Batson]; Captain Marvel, Jr. [also appears as Freddy Freeman]; Mary Marvel [also appears as Mary Batson]; Uncle Marvel; Black Adam [Teth-Adam]; Shazam
Synopsis:
The Marvel Family unite to battle the evil Black Adam.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Face Behind the Lead Mask! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte; Al Plastino [page 4 and some Superboy and Luthor heads only]
Inks:
John Forte; Al Plastino
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy [also appears as Clark Kent]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy (statue); Bouncing Boy (statue); Shrinking Violet (statue); Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg] (statue)]; Lex Luthor; Urthlo; Mon-El
Synopsis:
At a regular meeting of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legionnaires lose control of their powers. Urthlo arrives and announces that he now controls the Legionnaires' powers and there is nothing they can do about it. But Saturn Girl comes up with a serum to temporarily cure Mon-El and immunize him against lead, and Superboy releases him from the Phantom Zone to knock out Urthlo, who turns out to be an automaton created by Lex Luthor sent into the future to destroy the Legion.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail. Reformatted to fill 12 full pages.

Stop that Kid... Before He Wrecks the World! (Table of Contents)

Spectre / comic story / 24 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Hamilton Benedict
Synopsis:
An evil force invades the body of young Hamilton Benedict, giving him supernatural powers to battle 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 (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Discussion of the Legion stories reprinted in the issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes; Aquaman; Marvel Family; Spectre / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Howard Bender
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy]; Urthlo; Aquaman; Mera; Captain Marvel; Mary Marvel; Captain Marvel, Jr.; Black Adam; Spectre

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Challengers of the Unknown; Superboy
  2. 1. Adventure Comics
  3. 2. All Together Now!
    Challengers of the Unknown
  4. 3. The Boy With Ultra-Powers!
    Superboy
  5. 4. The Explanation!
    Aquaman
  6. 5. The Mighty Marvels Join Forces!
    Marvel Family
  7. 6. The Face Behind the Lead Mask!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  8. 7. Stop that Kid... Before He Wrecks the World!
    Spectre
  9. 8. The Story Behind the Stories
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Legion of Super-Heroes; Aquaman; Marvel Family; Spectre
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