Adventure Comics #498 [Direct]
(April 1983)

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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
Dick Giordano (managing editor); Carl Gafford (editor); Nicola Cuti (editor)
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

[The Secret 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: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

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)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It is merely an old desk top...
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: 3)

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

Pencils
James Sherman
Inks
Jack Abel
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Bouncing Boy
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

The Secret Origin of Bouncing Boy! (Table of Contents: 4)

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: 5)

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.

Captain Marvel Battles the World's Maddest Ghost! (Table of Contents: 6)

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: 7)

The 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: 8)

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. Story reformatted to fill 12 full pages.

The Thanksgiving Thieves! (Table of Contents: 9)

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: 10)

The 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: 11)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz (credited)
Letters
typeset

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

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

Aquaman; Plastic Man; The Sandman; The 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
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [The Secret Origin of Bouncing Boy!; Sun Boy's Lost Power!]
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  2. 1. Adventure Comics
  3. 2. ["It is merely an old desk top..."]
    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. Captain Marvel Battles the World's Maddest Ghost!
    Captain Marvel
  8. 7. The Man Who Knew All the Answers
    The 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?
    The Spectre
  12. 11. The Story Behind the Stories
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Aquaman; Plastic Man; The Sandman; The Spectre; Captain Marvel
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