Adventure Comics #501 [Newsstand]
(July 1983)

DC, 1938 Series
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Volume:
48
Price:
1.25 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
monthly
On-sale date:
1983-04-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Barcode:
0709893170907
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 is a variant of Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #501 [Direct].


[The Super-Villains of All Ages] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Ed Hannigan [as Hannigan] (signed)
Inks:
Paris Cullins [as Paris] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
C-374

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Chameleon Boy; Saturn Girl; Brainiac 5; Sun Boy; Lightning Lad; Ultra Boy]; Adolf Hitler; Emperor Nero; John Dillinger

Indexer Notes

Title taken from interior story.

Adventure Comics (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

Codename: Pinkeye! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
Martin Pasko
Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
Bob Smith
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan [as Nansi H.]
Letters:
Todd Klein
Editing:
Len Wein (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Plastic Man; Woozy Winks; Pinkeye [Alex Pinkus]; Police Chief Branner; Trixie Vixon
Synopsis:
Agent Pinkeye is revealed as the killer of Dimitri Dervish and is captured by Plas and Woozy.
Reprints:

Part I: The Super-Villains of All Ages! (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:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Bouncing Boy; Sun Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Ultra-Boy]; Ronn Kar (applicant); Alaktor (applicant); Emperor Nero; John Dillinger; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis:
Rejected applicant Alaktor steals a Time Bubble and recruits the help of Nero, Dillinger, and Hitler to battle the Legion.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reformatted to fit 8 full pages.

Part 2: The Civil War of the Legion! (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:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Bouncing Boy; Sun Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Ultra-Boy; Invisible Kid; Shrinking Violet; Chameleon Boy]; Alaktor; Emperor Nero; John Dillinger; Adolf Hitler
Synopsis:
Alaktor projects Hitler's, Nero's, and Dillinger's minds into Superboy's, Mon-El's, and Ultra-Boy's bodies. Saturn Girl tricks them into defeating each other, and the Legion forces Alaktor to undo the process.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reformatted to fill 9 full pages.

Ultra Boy (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Ultra Boy

Indexer Notes

pin-up

The Chameleon Stone! (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
William Woolfolk
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]; Ravar; Cranshaw Jeffers
Synopsis:
The Chameleon Stone, a magical artifact that can change its shape to anything its holder desires, is stolen by Ravar and used to fight Captain Marvel.
Reprints:

The Ghost that Haunted Money! (Table of Contents)

Spectre / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Frankie Barron
Synopsis:
When bank robber Frankie Barron is killed by a security guard during a holdup, he returns as a ghost to help other crooks rob the same bank.
Reprints:

["Hey, Happy, am I payin' you to read newspapers..."] (Table of Contents)

Ray / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Will Eisner ?
Pencils:
Lou Fine [as E. Lectron]
Inks:
Lou Fine
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Ed Cronin (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Ray [also appears as Happy Terrill]; Stradivous; Mr. Jennings
Synopsis:
The musician Stradivous, who can hypnotize anyone with his clarinet, works with Jennings to hijack a shipment of gold.
Reprints:

As the Seas Die (Table of Contents)

Aquaman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jim Aparo
Editing:
Dick Giordano (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Aquaman; Aqualad; Mera; Vulko; Ocean Master; Phil Darson; Professor Dan Davidson; Miles Leland
Synopsis:
Aquaman and Aqualad pursue a masked saboteur who is targeting the Leland Factory for polluting the ocean. Meanwhile, in Atlantis, the Ocean Master wants to contact Aquaman.
Reprints:

Part I: The Legionnaires' Super-Contest! (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 (splash only); ?
Editing:
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Saturn Girl; Bouncing Boy; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Brainiac 5; Chameleon Boy; Cosmic Boy]; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Night Girl; Stone Boy; Fire Lad; Chlorophyll Kid; Polar Boy]
Synopsis:
The Legion of Super-Heroes finds out about the Subs, and holds a contest to induct the winner into the Legion of Super-Heroes. Polar Boy passes the first test.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Bouncing Boy misidentified as Bouncing Girl in Roll Call on splash page. Reformatted to fill 8 full pages.

Part II: The Winner of the Super-Tests! (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
Editing:
Motrt Weisinger (original story)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy; Saturn Girl; Bouncing Boy; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Brainiac 5; Chameleon Boy; Cosmic Boy]; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Night Girl; Stone Boy; Fire Lad; Chlorophyll Kid; Polar Boy]; Sun Woman
Synopsis:
Night Girl defeats the tyrant Sun Woman, and the other Subs succeed at their tasks, except Stone Boy, who quits. But when Saturn Girl reveals that he only quit in order to keep bystanders from being injured, Stone Boy wins the contest. He surprises everyone by refusing the honor, not wanting to leave his friends in the Subs.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Reformatted to fill 8 full pages.

Legion of Substitute Heroes (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Color Kid; Stone Boy; Fire Lad; Chlorophyll Kid]

Indexer Notes

pin-up

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 two Legion stories reprinted in this issue.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Legion of Super-Heroes; Shazam; Aquaman; Ray; Spectre; Plastic Man / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Howard Bender [as Bender] (signed)
Inks:
Paris Cullins [as Paris] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Legion of Substitute Heroes [Night Girl; Stone Boy; Polar Boy; Fire Lad; Chlorophyll Kid]; Captain Marvel; Ravar; Aquaman; the Ray; the Spectre; Frankie Barron; Plastic Man; Pinkeye

Indexer Notes

back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [The Super-Villains of All Ages]
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Adventure Comics
  3. 2. Codename: Pinkeye!
    Plastic Man
  4. 3. Part I: The Super-Villains of All Ages!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  5. 4. Part 2: The Civil War of the Legion!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  6. 5. Ultra Boy
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  7. 6. The Chameleon Stone!
    Captain Marvel
  8. 7. The Ghost that Haunted Money!
    Spectre
  9. 8. ["Hey, Happy, am I payin' you to read newspapers..."]
    Ray
  10. 9. As the Seas Die
    Aquaman
  11. 10. Part I: The Legionnaires' Super-Contest!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  12. 11. Part II: The Winner of the Super-Tests!
    Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
  13. 12. Legion of Substitute Heroes
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  14. 13. The Story Behind the Stories
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Legion of Super-Heroes; Shazam; Aquaman; Ray; Spectre; Plastic Man
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