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]
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

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

Howard Bender confirmed his pencils and Pablo Marcos inks on the border artwork. Bender also confirmed all the characters drawn in the border represented all the heroes that appeared in Adventure Comics from the earlier issue until then end of the run (Posted on his Facebook page, 21 June 2017).

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

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: 2)

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: 3)

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.
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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
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.
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The Big Pull (Table of Contents: 5)

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.
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The Traders' Trap (Table of Contents: 6)

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.
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The Tower of the Dead (Table of Contents: 7)

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.
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Kill--or Be Killed (Table of Contents: 8)

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.
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The Newsboy Legion (Table of Contents: 9)

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.
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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
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.
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[New Comics #1 cover] (Table of Contents: 11)

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: 12)

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: 13)

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: 14)

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: 15)

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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