Adventure Comics #498 [Direct-Sales]
(April 1983)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
48
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1982-12-14
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.


[Origin of Bouncing Boy; Sun Boy's Lost Power] (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / 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-104

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl]

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.

["Gentlemen, we are convened here today to discuss a most unusual -- and urgent -- matter..."] (Table of Contents)

Plastic Man / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
Bob Smith
Colors:
Gene d'Angelo
Letters:
Ben Oda
Editing:
Paul Levitz (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Plastic Man [Eel O'Brien](origin); Woozy Winks; Carlton Canary [Yellowbelly]
Synopsis:
Plastic Man and Woozy Winks are asked to make sure the snitch Carlton Canary gets to police custody safely.
Reprints:

Bouncing Boy Mini-Poster (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
James Sherman
Inks:
Jack Abel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Bouncing Boy
Reprints:
  • from All-New Collectors' Edition (DC, 1978 series) #C-55 (1978)

Indexer Notes

Pin-up using artwork from earlier "Origins and Powers of the Legionnaires" feature.

The Secret Origin of Bouncing Boy! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Bouncing Boy (origin); Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Shrinking Violet; Lightning Lad; Chameleon Boy; Saturn Girl; Triplicate Girl; Colossal Boy (cameo); Phantom Girl (cameo); Ultra Boy (cameo)]; Lester Spiffany; Storm Boy; Matter-Eater Lad (cameo)
Synopsis:
Bouncing Boy tells a group of applicants about his origin.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

According to Paul Levitz in this issue's text article, the applicant in purple in the last panel of the story is Matter-Eater Lad. Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail. Reformatted to fill 13 full pages.

Come the Revolution (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 16 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; Mera; Aquagirl; Aqualad; Narkran; Vulko
Synopsis:
Aquaman and Mera save Aqualad from a monstrous creature. Back in Atlantis, Aquagirl and the rebels confront Narkran.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The World's Maddest Ghost! (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 7 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]; Dr. Sivana; Dexter Knox
Synopsis:
Sivana tricks Captain Marvel into believing he is dead and has returned as a ghost.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Man Who Knew All the Answers (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]; Hiram Gaunt; Ed Porter
Synopsis:
Sandman and Sandy face the threat of a scientist who has invented a machine whose revitalizing vibrations allow a man to develop his unused brain cells, tripling his thinking power!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Sun-Boy's Lost Power! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Milt Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Superboy; Ultra Boy; Bouncing Boy; Chameleon Boy (cameo); Shrinking Violet(cameo)]; Kranyak; Professor Harding; Kryptonian Flame-Beast
Synopsis:
Sun Boy loses his powers and must leave the Legion.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Sun Boy and Ultra Boy both have hyphens in their names in this issue. Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail. Reformatted to fill 12 full pages.

The Thanksgiving Thieves! (Table of Contents)

Mary Marvel / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Mary Marvel [also appears as Mary Batson]; Mrs. Bromfield
Synopsis:
A gang of thieves plan robberies while the city is occupied watching the Thansgiving Day Parade.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Spectre Means Death? (Table of Contents)

Spectre / comic story / 23 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; Psycho-Pirate [Faceless Man]; Gat Benson
Synopsis:
The Psycho-Pirate works behind the scenes to cause ordinary people to fear the Spectre more than the menacing giant he is fighting.
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:
Paul Levitz discusses the Legion stories reprinted in this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Aquaman; Plastic Man; Sandman; Spectre; Captain Marvel / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman; Plastic Man; Sandman; Sandy; Hiram Gaunt; Spectre; Captain Marvel; Dr. Sivana

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [Origin of Bouncing Boy; Sun Boy's Lost Power]
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Adventure Comics
  3. 2. ["Gentlemen, we are convened here today to discuss a most unusual -- and urgent -- matter..."]
    Plastic Man
  4. 3. Bouncing Boy Mini-Poster
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. 4. The Secret Origin of Bouncing Boy!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  6. 5. Come the Revolution
    Aquaman
  7. 6. The World's Maddest Ghost!
    Captain Marvel
  8. 7. The Man Who Knew All the Answers
    Sandman
  9. 8. Sun-Boy's Lost Power!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  10. 9. The Thanksgiving Thieves!
    Mary Marvel
  11. 10. The Spectre Means Death?
    Spectre
  12. 11. The Story Behind the Stories
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Aquaman; Plastic Man; Sandman; Spectre; Captain Marvel
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