Adventure Comics #499 [Direct-Sales]
(May 1983)

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Volume:
48
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
?
On-sale date:
1983-01-11
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)

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-105

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

Indexer Notes

Brown-haired Legionnaire head does not match any characters in the interior story; possibly a miscolored Brainiac 5 or Lightning Lad. 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.

["What in blazes happened here, Plas?"] (Table of Contents)

Plastic Man / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
Bob Smith
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)
Letters:
Ben Oda
Editing:
Ross Andru (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Plastic Man; Woozy Winks; Police Chief Branner; Dimitri Dervish
Synopsis:
Plas fights the triple-jointed murdering ballet dancer Dimitri Dervish.
Reprints:

The Fantastic Spy! (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:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Lightning Lad; Brainiac 5; Matter-Eater Lad (first appearance; origin); Bouncing Boy; Chameleon Boy; Superboy]; Dr. Landro; Meglaro
Synopsis:
New Legionnaire Matter-Eater Lad is accused of being a traitor.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

A Kingdom to Re-Build (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman; Mera; Aqualad; Aquagirl; Narkran; Vulko
Synopsis:
The Aqua-family is reunited in Atlantis and Narkran is overthrown.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Talking Tiger (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)
Letters:
?
Editing:
Wendell Crowley (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [also appears as Billy Batson]; Talky Tawny (first appearance; origin)
Synopsis:
Tawky Tawny leaves his jungle home for the big city, where he meets Captain Marvel.
Reprints:

The Villain from Valhalla (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]; Police Chief Haines; Thor [Fairy Tales Fenton]
Synopsis:
A former Professor of Metallurgy, who has invented clothing of lucite that is bullet-proof, disguises himself and his men as ancient Vikings to commit crimes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

The Stolen Super-Powers! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Triplicate Girl; Invisible Kid; Colossal Boy; Bouncing Boy; Chameleon Boy; Brainiac 5; Matter-Eater Lad; Lightning Lad; Ultra-Boy; Shrinking Violet; Sun Boy; Phantom Girl; Mon-El; Superboy; Supergirl]; Commander Loring; Zaryan the Conqueror; Lori Lemaris (cameo)
Synopsis:
Saturn Girl steals the Legionnaires' super powers so she can sacrifice herself fighting Zaryan the Conqueror, but Lightning Lad dies instead.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Death of Lightning Lad. Saturn Girl elected Legion leader.

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

The Man in the Moon (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Wendell Crowley (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [also appears as Billy Batson]; Doc Quartz
Synopsis:
Captain Marvel follows Doc Quartz to the moon, where the crazy scientist is testing some new inventions.
Reprints:

Pilgrims of Peril! (Table of Contents)

Spectre / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Nawor
Synopsis:
The Spectre battles the demon Nawor in another dimension while back on earth Jim Corrigan faces the demon's followers -- a band of pilgrims raised from the dead!
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 provides commentary on the two Legion stories reprinted in this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spectre; Plastic Man; Dimitri Dervish; Aquaman; Caprain Marvel; Tawky Tawny; Sandman; Sandy; Thor

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Adventure Comics
  3. 2. ["What in blazes happened here, Plas?"]
    Plastic Man
  4. 3. The Fantastic Spy!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. 4. A Kingdom to Re-Build
    Aquaman
  6. 5. The Talking Tiger
    Captain Marvel
  7. 6. The Villain from Valhalla
    Sandman
  8. 7. The Stolen Super-Powers!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  9. 8. The Man in the Moon
    Captain Marvel
  10. 9. Pilgrims of Peril!
    Spectre
  11. 10. The Story Behind the Stories
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Spectre; Plastic Man; Aquaman; Shazam; Sandman
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