Adventure Comics #500 [Direct-Sales]
(June 1983)

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Volume:
48
Price:
1.75 USD; 2.00 CAD
Pages:
148
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1983-02-08
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
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.

Special 148 page 500th issue.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Keith Giffen
Inks:
Larry Mahlstedt
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-331

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Shrinking Violet; Colossal Boy]
Synopsis:
The original Silver Age Legionnaires see their modern counterparts.

Adventure Comics No. 500 (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire! (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:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)
Job Number:
J-8670

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Invisible Kid; Bouncing Boy; Shrinking Violet; Colossal Boy; Brainiac 5; Mon-El [as Marvel Lad, the Legionnaire Lemon]; Superboy (flashback); Antennae Boy (applicant); Dynamo Kid (applicant); Sun-Eater; Phantom Zone criminals
Synopsis:
Following the death of Lightning Lad, the LSH recruits new member Legionnaire Lemon, or Marvel Lad, who turns out to be Mon-El, finally cured of his weakness to lead and able to leave the Phantom Zone to join the Legion full-time.
Reprints:

The Legion of Substitute Heroes! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Chameleon Boy; Bouncing Boy; Colossal Boy; Cosmic Boy; Brainiac 5; Shrinking Violet; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Stone Boy; Fire-Lad; Chlorophyll Kid]
Synopsis:
A group of rejected applicants band together as the Legion of Substitute Heroes and thwart the Plant Men's scheme to take over the Earth.
Reprints:

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

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

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Element Lad [as Mystery Lad]; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Invisible Kid; Brainiac 5; Colossal Boy; Roxxas
Synopsis:
The Legion recruits Element Lad, who is the last survivor of Trom, to fight the space pirate Roxxas, who killed the rest of the Trommians. He wants to keep his super-power to transform elements a secret, so he joins as Mystery Lad.
Reprints:

The Return of Lightning Lad! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Mon-El; Bouncing Boy; Lightning Lass [as Lightning Lad]; Chameleon Boy; Brainiac 5; Shrinking Violet; Proty; Lightning Lad (cameo flashback); Superboy (cameo); Supergirl (cameo); Triplicate Girl (cameo)
Synopsis:
Lightning Lad's sister impersonates her dead brother and later joins the Legion as Lightning Lass.
Reprints:

Part I: The Legion of Super-Monsters! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Brainiac 5; Bouncing Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy; Mon-El; Colossal Boy; Ultra-Boy; Jungle King (applicant); Rainbow Girl (applicant); Super-Monsters
Synopsis:
Legion of Super-Heroes reject Jungle King tries to get revenge with his super-beasts.
Reprints:

Part II: The Legion's Super-Showdown! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Brainiac 5; Bouncing Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy; Jungle King; Super-Monsters
Synopsis:
Jungle King and his super-beasts are defeated by the Legion.
Reprints:

The Doom of the Super-Heroes (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Chameleon Boy; Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Ultra-Boy; Shrinking Violet; Bouncing Boy; Invisible Kid; Lightning Lass; Mask Man
Synopsis:
The Legion of Super-Heroes fight Mask Man, who begins killing them one by one.
Reprints:

Part II: Last Stand of the Legion! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Bouncing Boy; Colossal Boy; Invisible Kid; Lightning Lass; Mask Man
Synopsis:
Mask Man continues to kill the Legionnaires, until he is revealed as a 30th Century descendant of Mr. Mxyzptlk. Superboy defeats him, and the dead Legionnaires are restored as all the effects of his magic are undone.
Reprints:

Part I: The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese; Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Brainiac 5; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Fire-Lad; Chlorophyll Kid; Stone Boy]
Synopsis:
The Legionnaires are angry and rude every time the Substitute Legion tries to help.
Reprints:

Part II: The Duel of the Legions! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Letterese; Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Bouncing Boy; Chameleon Boy; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Chlorophyll Kid; Fire-Lad; Stone Boy]
Synopsis:
The Substitute Legion battle alien impostors from the planet Zyzan who have imprisoned the real Legion.
Reprints:

Part I: The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Mon-El; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Lightning Lass; Chameleon Boy; Proty; Lightning Lad (cameo flashback)
Synopsis:
The Legionnaires try to find a way to revive Lightning Lad.
Reprints:

Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superboy; Mon-El; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Lightning Lass; Chameleon Boy; Proty (dies); Lightning Lad (restored)
Synopsis:
Proty sacrifices his life to revive Lightning Lad.
Reprints:

The World of Doomed Olsens! (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Olsen / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jimmy Olsen; Superman; Legion of Super-Heroes [Mon-El [also as The Collector]; Colossal Boy [also as The Giant Turtle Man]; Bouncing Boy [also as Fat Boy Jimmy]; Cosmic Boy [also as The Human Porcupine]; Chameleon Boy [also as Elastic Lad]; Shrinking Violet (cameo); Sun Boy (cameo); Lightning Lad (cameo); Saturn Girl (cameo); Triplicate Girl (cameo)]; Proty II [also as Wolf Boy Jimmy]; Legion of Substitute-Heroes [Fire Lad; Polar Boy; Night Girl; Stone Boy] (all in cameos)
Synopsis:
Jimmy is taken by The Collector to the world Gion-El, which is seemingly inhabited by duplicates of him in the forms into which he has been transformed in the past. But when Jimmy realizes he is being hoaxed, the Legionnaires reveal that he has passed his initiation test and they bring him to the 30th century to officially be made an honorary member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Reprints:

Part I: The Condemned Legionnaires! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Lightning Lass; Saturn Girl; Shrinking Violet; Sun Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Triplicate Girl; Cosmic Boy; Polar Boy; Night Girl; Supergirl; Phantom Girl; Colossal Boy (cameo); Brainiac 5 (cameo); Lightning Lad (cameo); Bouncing Boy (cameo); Chameleon Boy (cameo); Satan Girl
Synopsis:
The girl Legionnaires are struck by a mysterious Crimson Virus. Satan Girl tries to take their place, but attacks the girls when rejected. Supergirl follows.
Reprints:

Part II: The Secret of Satan Girl! (Table of Contents)

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Supergirl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Colossal Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Triplicate Girl; Phantom Girl; Lightning Lass; Shrinking Violet; Night Girl; Satan Girl; Legion of Super-Pets [Krypto; Streaky; Beppo; Comet]
Synopsis:
Satan Girl is defeated by the Super-Pets and revealed to be an evil Red Kryptonite duplicate of Supergirl.
Reprints:

The First Five Hundred Issues (Table of Contents)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell (signed)
Pencils:
Curt Swan (Adventure #300 and #403 covers); Mike Sekowsky (Adventure #400 cover); Bob Oksner (Adventure #428 cover); Jim Aparo (Adventure #446 cover); Kurt Schaffenberger (Adventure #453 cover)
Inks:
George Klein (Adventure #300 cover); Dick Giordano (Adventure #400 cover); Murphy Anderson (Adventure #403 cover); Bob Oksner (Adventure #428 cover); Jim Aparo (Adventure #446 cover); Kurt Schaffenberger (Adventure #453 cover)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp (Adventure #300 cover); ? (other covers)

Genre:
non-fiction
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Nelson goes over the history of Adventure Comics and its predecessor titles, New Comics and New Adventure Comics. He covers several of the features that were a part of it, including Federal Men, Nadir, Sandman, Hourman, Starman, Manhunter, Superboy, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, Aquaman, Legion of Super-Heroes, Congorilla, Tales of the Bizarro World, Supergirl, Black Orchid, Justice Society, a new Starman, and Dial H for Hero (among others). Includes six cover reprints from the series. (This sequence added 2008-09-07 by Allen Ross, replacing 6 cover reprint sequences.)

The Story Behind the Stories (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Levitz discusses the Legion stories reprinted in this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[10 Legion of Super-Heroes Stories!] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Keith Giffen [as Keith] (signed)
Inks:
Larry Mahlstedt [as Larry] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Shrinking Violet; Colossal Boy]
Synopsis:
The modern Legionnaires see their Silver Age counterparts.

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Illustration and promo for stories in the issue. Art is mirror-image of front cover, with the positions of the "classic" and "modern" Legionnaires switched.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Adventure Comics No. 500
  3. 2. The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  4. 3. The Legion of Substitute Heroes!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. 4. The Secret Power of the Mystery Super-Hero!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  6. 5. The Return of Lightning Lad!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  7. 6. Part I: The Legion of Super-Monsters!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  8. 7. Part II: The Legion's Super-Showdown!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  9. 8. The Doom of the Super-Heroes
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  10. 9. Part II: Last Stand of the Legion!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  11. 10. Part I: The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  12. 11. Part II: The Duel of the Legions!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  13. 12. Part I: The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  14. 13. Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  15. 14. The World of Doomed Olsens!
    Jimmy Olsen
  16. 15. Part I: The Condemned Legionnaires!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  17. 16. Part II: The Secret of Satan Girl!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  18. 17. The First Five Hundred Issues
  19. 18. The Story Behind the Stories
  20. 19. [10 Legion of Super-Heroes Stories!]
    Legion of Super-Heroes
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