Adventure Comics #503 [Direct]
(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]
Printer
Printed in U.S.A.
Editing
Nicola Cuti (credited) (editor); Karen Berger (credited) (editorial coordinator)

The Legion Mutiny! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Ross Andru (signed as R. A.); Howard Bender (border)
Inks
Pablo Marcos (border); Joe Rubinstein (signed as J. R.)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
C-422
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Bouncing Boy [Chuck Taine]; Brainiac 5; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Superboy [Clark Kent / Kal-El]; Triplicate Girl [Luornu Durgo]]; Night Girl

Indexer Notes

Howard Bender confirmed his pencils and Pablo Marcos inks on the border artwork. Bender also confirmed the characters drawn in the border and back cover represented all the main characters that ever appeared in Adventure Comics (posted on his Facebook page, 21 June 2017).

Adventure Comics No. 503 (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicola Cuti ?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.
Includes indicia at bottom of page.

The Mutiny of the Legionnaires! Part I (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In their great exploits in the 30th century, the Legion of Super-heroes have had an unbreakable tradition of loyalty and obedience...
Feature Logo
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Light Lass [Ayla Ranzz]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]; Matter-Eater Lad [Tenzil Kem]; Star Boy [Thom Kallor]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Triplicate Girl [Luornu Durgo]]; Time Trapper (first appearance)
Synopsis
Sun Boy gets a little crazy after being stressed for too long.
Reprints

Part II: The Castaway Legionnaires! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Edmond Hamilton (sourced)
Pencils
John Forte (sourced)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (sourced)
Colors
?
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cast adrift, lost in space, six Legionnaires face doon!
Feature Logo
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Light Lass [Ayla Ranzz]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]; Matter-Eater Lad [Tenzil Kem]; Star Boy [Thom Kallor]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Triplicate Girl [Luornu Durgo]]
Synopsis
The Legion must survive after being stranded in space by the crazed Sun Boy.
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[Brickface the Wall-to-Wall Killer] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
Martin Pasko (credited)
Pencils
Joe Staton (credited)
Inks
Bob Smith (credited)
Colors
Glynis Oliver (credited as Glynis Wein)
Letters
Ben Oda (credited)
Editing
Len Wein (credited) (original story)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You should've been there (unless of course your were) department: mere moments ago, everyone's favorite shape-shifter rescued a distressed damsel...
Feature Logo
Plastic Man
Genre
superhero; humor
Characters
Chief Branner; Plastic Man [Eel O'Brian]; Woozy Winks; Brickface (villain); Mason Stucko (villain); Ms. Bloch
Synopsis
Plastic Man defeats the villains Brickface and the Trowel.
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Indexer Notes

Original cliffhanger ending removed.

The Big Pull (Table of Contents: 5)

Aquaman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I cannot help! Such concepts have no meaning to me!
Feature Logo
Aquaman [arching]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Aqualad [Garth]; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Ocean Master; Brother Warnn; Steev; Jimm
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.
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The Traders' Trap! (Table of Contents: 6)

Aquaman / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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

Job Number
G-466
First Line of Dialogue or Text
In another dimension, a strange craft speeds around weird rolling spheres... past weird intersecting planes...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Mera; Nuidis Vulko
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.
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The Tower of the Dead! (Table of Contents: 7)

Zatanna / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein (credited)
Pencils
Gray Morrow (credited)
Inks
Gray Morrow (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Joe Orlando (original story)

Job Number
J-1419
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fragments of memory -- the shock and fear in her heart as her father, Zartara the magician, used his sorcery to cast her off the Earth...
Feature Logo
Zatanna the Magician!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Zatanna Zatara; Jeff Sloane; Gorgonus; Varnu
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.
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Kill-- or Be Killed (Table of Contents: 8)

Zatanna / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein (credited)
Pencils
Gray Morrow (credited)
Inks
Gray Morrow (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Joe Orlando (original story)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The memories come quicker now, flooding across your mind like a terrible tide...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Giovanni Zatara; 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.
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[The Story of the Newsboy Legion] (Table of Contents: 9)

The Newsboy Legion / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Joe Simon (credited); Jack Kirby (credited)
Pencils
Jack Kirby (credited)
Inks
Joe Simon (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Howard Ferguson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original story)

Job Number
X-204
First Line of Dialogue or Text
A wise man once said... "There is no such thing as a bad boy!"...
Genre
adventure; children; superhero
Characters
The Newsboy Legion [Big Words (introduction); Gabby (introduction); Scrapper (introduction); Tommy Tompkins (introduction)]; The Guardian [Jim Harper] (introduction); Frankie the Fence (villain); Chips Carder (villain)
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.
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Elastic Lad Jimmy and His Legion Romances! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
Jerry Siegel (sourced)
Pencils
John Forte (sourced)
Inks
John Forte (sourced)
Colors
?
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's a story you'll chuckle over for years to come...
Feature Logo
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen [1950s-70s]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Light Lass [Ayla Ranzz]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna] (cameo); Triplicate Girl [Luornu Durgo]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah] (cameo)]; Elastic Lad [Jimmy Olsen]; 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.
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[New Comics #1 cover] (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Pencils
Vin Sullivan (signed as Vin Sullivan)
Inks
Vin Sullivan (signed as Vin Sullivan)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
This comic, published in 1935, was one of the first "true" comics (not merely collections of syndicated newspaper strips).
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[New Adventure Comics #12 cover] (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Pencils
Whitney Ellsworth
Inks
Whitney Ellsworth
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
By issue #12 (1936), "Adventure" had been sneaked into the title but the emphasis still remained on humor.
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[New Adventure Comics #15 cover] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Colors
?
Editing
Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (original editor)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A mere three issues later, the covers changed their trend toward realism -- or "light" adventure, if you prefer -- but the interiors remained a mixture.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

The Story Behind the Stories / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz (credited)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The chronological reprinting of the Legion's adventures rolls onward this month...

Indexer Notes

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

100 Pages of Thrills! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
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! Part I
    Legion of Super-Heroes
  4. 3. Part II: 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 Story of the Newsboy Legion]
    The Newsboy Legion
  11. 10. Elastic Lad Jimmy and His Legion Romances!
    Jimmy Olsen
  12. 11. [New Comics #1 cover]
    Jibby Jones
  13. 12. [New Adventure Comics #12 cover]
  14. 13. [New Adventure Comics #15 cover]
  15. 14. ["The chronological reprinting of the Legion's adventures rolls onward this month..."]
    The Story Behind the Stories
  16. 15. 100 Pages of Thrills!
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