Adventure Comics #503 [Direct-Sales]
(September 1983)

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Volume:
48
Price:
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1983-05-10
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.

Last issue.


The Legion Mutiny (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Ross Andru [as R.A.] (signed); Howard Bender ? (border)
Inks:
Joe Rubinstein [as J.R.] (signed); Pablo Marcos ? (border)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-422

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Saturn Girl; Chameleon Boy; Sun Boy; Duo Damsel; Brainiac 5; Lightning Lad; Bouncing Boy; Cosmic Boy]; Night Girl

Indexer Notes

The many tiny characters in the border in the cover are not listed in characters.

Adventure Comics No. 503 (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

The Mutiny of the Legionnaires (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Light Lass; Triplicate Girl; Star Boy; Lightning Lad; Matter-Eater Lad]; Time Trapper (first appearance)
Synopsis:
Sun Boy gets a little crazy after being stressed for too long.
Reprints:

The Castaway Legionnaires (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Milton Snapinn

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Triplicate Girl; Light Lass; Matter-Eater Lad; Lightning Lad; Star Boy; Sun Boy]
Synopsis:
The Legion must survive after being stranded in space by the crazed Sun Boy.
Reprints:

[Brickface the Wall-to-Wall Killer] (Table of Contents)

Plastic Man / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Martin Pasko
Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
Bob Smith
Colors:
Glynis Wein
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Plastic Man; Woozy Winks; Brickface (villain); Mason Stucko (villain)
Synopsis:
Plastic Man defeats the villains Brickface and the Trowel.
Reprints:

The Big Pull (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Aqualad [Garth]; Mera; Ocean Master [Orm Marius]
Synopsis:
Aquaman struggles to escape a weird alien water-world, while Mera and Aqualad deal with Ocean Master while trying to figure out what happened to Aquaman.
Reprints:

The Traders' Trap (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
G-466

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera
Synopsis:
Aquaman deals with aliens and primitives in another dimension while trying to return home. Mera's desire for him to return helps bring him back.
Reprints:

The Tower of the Dead (Table of Contents)

Zatanna / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Gray Morrow
Inks:
Gray Morrow
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-1419

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Zatanna; Jeff Sloane; Gorgonus
Synopsis:
Zatanna and Jeff are stranded in another dimension, where the king forces them to enter a mysterious castle. In the castle, the two encounter Gorgonus, a Medusa-like creature, who turns Jeff to stone.
Reprints:

Kill--or Be Killed (Table of Contents)

Zatanna / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Gray Morrow
Inks:
Gray Morrow
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Zatanna; Zatara; Jeff Sloane; Allura
Synopsis:
Zatanna and Jeff return to Earth, which frees Jeff from his stony trap. They encounter and battle little goblins, who reveal that Zatara, Zatanna's father, is going to summon monsters to Earth. Zatanna battles Zatara, and learns his old foe Allura is really behind it all.
Reprints:

The Newsboy Legion (Table of Contents)

Guardian / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Simon; Jack Kirby
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Joe Simon
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
X-204

Characters:
Guardian (first appearance; origin); Newsboy Legion
Synopsis:
Police officer Jim Harper discovers he can do good as the costumed Guardian in situations where the law is limited. Meanwhile, he also meets a group street kids who sell newspapers, and they help him bring down a criminal.
Reprints:

Elastic Lad Jimmy and His Legion Romances (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Jerry Siegel
Pencils:
John Forte
Inks:
John Forte
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Jimmy Olsen [Elastic Lad]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Light Lass; Triplicate Girl; Sun Boy (cameo); Ultra Boy (cameo)]; Lucy Lane
Synopsis:
The ladies of the Legion bring Jimmy Olsen to the future to make him feel better about himself after he is snubbed by Lucy Lane.
Reprints:

[New Comics #1 cover] (Table of Contents)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Vin Sullivan (signed)
Inks:
Vin Sullivan (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

[New Adventure Comics #12 cover] (Table of Contents)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Whitney Ellsworth
Inks:
Whitney Ellsworth
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Reprints:

[New Adventure Comics #15 cover] (Table of Contents)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Creig Flessel
Inks:
Creig Flessel
Colors:
?

Reprints:

The Story Behind the Stories (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Levitz (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover. Comments about the stories in the issue.

100 Pages of Thrills! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Howard Bender [as HBender] (signed)
Inks:
Pablo Marcos (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Many tiny characters in illustration surrounding a box with promos for the stories in the issue. Characters are those which have appeared in Adventure Comics over the years.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Legion Mutiny
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Adventure Comics No. 503
  3. 2. The Mutiny of the Legionnaires
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  4. 3. The Castaway Legionnaires
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. 4. [Brickface the Wall-to-Wall Killer]
    Plastic Man
  6. 5. The Big Pull
    Aquaman
  7. 6. The Traders' Trap
    Aquaman
  8. 7. The Tower of the Dead
    Zatanna
  9. 8. Kill--or Be Killed
    Zatanna
  10. 9. The Newsboy Legion
    Guardian
  11. 10. Elastic Lad Jimmy and His Legion Romances
    Jimmy Olsen
  12. 11. [New Comics #1 cover]
  13. 12. [New Adventure Comics #12 cover]
  14. 13. [New Adventure Comics #15 cover]
  15. 14. The Story Behind the Stories
  16. 15. 100 Pages of Thrills!
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