Adventure Comics #500

DC Comics

United States

Published
June 1983
Page count
148
Cover price
1.75 USD; 2.00 CAD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
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Credits

Editing
Nicola Cuti

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Legion of Super-Heroes) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Code
C-331
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Shrinking Violet; Colossal Boy]

Credits

Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
Larry Mahlstedt

Synopsis

The original Silver Age Legionnaires see their modern counterparts.

Show/hide 1. Adventure Comics No. 500 Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

Show/hide 2. The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Code
J-8670
Characters
Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Invisible Kid; Bouncing Boy; Shrinking Violet; Colossal Boy; Brainiac 5; Mon-El [as Marvel Lad, the Legionnaire Lemon]; Superboy (flashback); Antennae Boy (applicant); Dynamo Kid (applicant); Sun-Eater; Phantom Zone criminals

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
John Forte
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #305 (February 1963)
The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire!
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #403 (March-April 1971)
The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #77 ([January 1966?])
The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire
Printed in
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #91 ([February 1975?])
The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire!
Also printed
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #1 (1991)
The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #305 (February 1963)

Synopsis

Following the death of Lightning Lad, the LSH recruits new member Legionnaire Lemon, or Marvel Lad, who turns out to be Mon-El, finally cured of his weakness to lead and able to leave the Phantom Zone to join the Legion full-time.

Show/hide 3. The Legion of Substitute Heroes! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Chameleon Boy; Bouncing Boy; Colossal Boy; Cosmic Boy; Brainiac 5; Shrinking Violet; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Stone Boy; Fire-Lad; Chlorophyll Kid]

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #306 (March 1963)

Synopsis

A group of rejected applicants band together as the Legion of Substitute Heroes and thwart the Plant Men's scheme to take over the Earth.

Show/hide 4. The Secret Power of the Mystery Super-Hero! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Element Lad [as Mystery Lad]; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Invisible Kid; Brainiac 5; Colossal Boy; Roxxas

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #307 (April 1963)

Synopsis

The Legion recruits Element Lad, who is the last survivor of Trom, to fight the space pirate Roxxas, who killed the rest of the Trommians. He wants to keep his super-power to transform elements a secret, so he joins as Mystery Lad.

Show/hide 5. The Return of Lightning Lad! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Mon-El; Bouncing Boy; Lightning Lass [as Lightning Lad]; Chameleon Boy; Brainiac 5; Shrinking Violet; Proty; Lightning Lad (cameo flashback); Superboy (cameo); Supergirl (cameo); Triplicate Girl (cameo)

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #308 (May 1963)
The Return of Lightning Lad!
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #403 (March-April 1971)
The Return of Lightning Lad!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #52 ([December 1963?])
The Return of Lightning Lad
Printed in
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #92 ([April 1975?])
The Return of Lightning Lad
Also printed
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #2 (1992)
The Return of Lightning Lad!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Return of Lightning Lad!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #308 (May 1963)

Synopsis

Lightning Lad's sister impersonates her dead brother and later joins the Legion as Lightning Lass.

Show/hide 6. Part I: The Legion of Super-Monsters! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Brainiac 5; Bouncing Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy; Mon-El; Colossal Boy; Ultra-Boy; Jungle King (applicant); Rainbow Girl (applicant); Super-Monsters

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #309 (June 1963)

Synopsis

Legion of Super-Heroes reject Jungle King tries to get revenge with his super-beasts.

Show/hide 7. Part II: The Legion's Super-Showdown! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Brainiac 5; Bouncing Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy; Jungle King; Super-Monsters

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #309 (June 1963)

Synopsis

Jungle King and his super-beasts are defeated by the Legion.

Show/hide 8. The Doom of the Super-Heroes (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Chameleon Boy; Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Ultra-Boy; Shrinking Violet; Bouncing Boy; Invisible Kid; Lightning Lass; Mask Man

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #310 (July 1963)

Synopsis

The Legion of Super-Heroes fight Mask Man, who begins killing them one by one.

Show/hide 9. Part II: Last Stand of the Legion! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sun Boy; Saturn Girl; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Bouncing Boy; Colossal Boy; Invisible Kid; Lightning Lass; Mask Man

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #310 (July 1963)

Synopsis

Mask Man continues to kill the Legionnaires, until he is revealed as a 30th Century descendant of Mr. Mxyzptlk. Superboy defeats him, and the dead Legionnaires are restored as all the effects of his magic are undone.

Show/hide 10. Part I: The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Brainiac 5; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Fire-Lad; Chlorophyll Kid; Stone Boy]

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Joe Letterese
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #311 (August 1963)
Part I: The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #53 ([January 1964])
[Part I] The War between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #2 (1992)
[Part I]: The War between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #311 (August 1963)

Synopsis

The Legionnaires are angry and rude every time the Substitute Legion tries to help.

Show/hide 11. Part II: The Duel of the Legions! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sun Boy; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Bouncing Boy; Chameleon Boy; Legion of Substitute Heroes [Polar Boy; Night Girl; Chlorophyll Kid; Fire-Lad; Stone Boy]

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Joe Letterese
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #311 (August 1963)
Part II: The Duel of the Legions!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #53 ([January 1964])
Part II: The Duel of the Legions!
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #2 (1992)
Part II: The Duel of the Legions!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #311 (August 1963)

Synopsis

The Substitute Legion battle alien impostors from the planet Zyzan who have imprisoned the real Legion.

Show/hide 12. Part I: The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Mon-El; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Lightning Lass; Chameleon Boy; Proty; Lightning Lad (cameo flashback)

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #312 (September 1963)
Part I: The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #56 ([April 1964?])
Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires Part 2:The Bravest Legionnaire
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #93 ([June 1975?])
Part I: The Super Sacrifice of the Legionnaires
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #2 (1992)
Part I: The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #312 (September 1963)

Synopsis

The Legionnaires try to find a way to revive Lightning Lad.

Show/hide 13. Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Mon-El; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Lightning Lass; Chameleon Boy; Proty (dies); Lightning Lad (restored)

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Art
John Forte
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #312 (September 1963)
Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #56 ([April 1964?])
Super-Sacrifice of the Legionnaires Part 2:The Bravest Legionnaire
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #403 (March-April 1971)
Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire!
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1973 series) #93 ([June 1975?])
Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #2 (1992)
Part II: The Bravest Legionnaire!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #312 (September 1963)

Synopsis

Proty sacrifices his life to revive Lightning Lad.

Show/hide 14. The World of Doomed Olsens! (Jimmy Olsen) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Jimmy Olsen
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Jimmy Olsen; Superman; Legion of Super-Heroes [Mon-El [also as The Collector]; Colossal Boy [also as The Giant Turtle Man]; Bouncing Boy [also as Fat Boy Jimmy]; Cosmic Boy [also as The Human Porcupine]; Chameleon Boy [also as Elastic Lad]; Shrinking Violet (cameo); Sun Boy (cameo); Lightning Lad (cameo); Saturn Girl (cameo); Triplicate Girl (cameo)]; Proty II [also as Wolf Boy Jimmy]; Legion of Substitute-Heroes [Fire Lad; Polar Boy; Night Girl; Stone Boy] (all in cameos)

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen (DC, 1954 series) #72 (October 1963)

Synopsis

Jimmy is taken by The Collector to the world Gion-El, which is seemingly inhabited by duplicates of him in the forms into which he has been transformed in the past. But when Jimmy realizes he is being hoaxed, the Legionnaires reveal that he has passed his initiation test and they bring him to the 30th century to officially be made an honorary member of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Show/hide 15. Part I: The Condemned Legionnaires! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Lightning Lass; Saturn Girl; Shrinking Violet; Sun Boy; Mon-El; Superboy; Triplicate Girl; Cosmic Boy; Polar Boy; Night Girl; Supergirl; Phantom Girl; Colossal Boy (cameo); Brainiac 5 (cameo); Lightning Lad (cameo); Bouncing Boy (cameo); Chameleon Boy (cameo); Satan Girl

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #313 (October 1963)

Synopsis

The girl Legionnaires are struck by a mysterious Crimson Virus. Satan Girl tries to take their place, but attacks the girls when rejected. Supergirl follows.

Show/hide 16. Part II: The Secret of Satan Girl! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Supergirl; Cosmic Boy; Sun Boy; Bouncing Boy; Colossal Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Triplicate Girl; Phantom Girl; Lightning Lass; Shrinking Violet; Night Girl; Satan Girl; Legion of Super-Pets [Krypto; Streaky; Beppo; Comet]

Credits

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters
Milton Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #313 (October 1963)

Synopsis

Satan Girl is defeated by the Super-Pets and revealed to be an evil Red Kryptonite duplicate of Supergirl.

Show/hide 17. The First Five Hundred Issues Text article, 3 pages

Featuring

Genre
Fact

Credits

Author
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Curt Swan (Adventure #300 and #403 covers)
Mike Sekowsky (Adventure #400 cover)
Bob Oksner (Adventure #428 cover)
Jim Aparo (Adventure #446 cover)
Kurt Schaffenberger (Adventure #453 cover)
Inks
George Klein (Adventure #300 cover)
Dick Giordano (Adventure #400 cover)
Murphy Anderson (Adventure #403 cover)
Bob Oksner (Adventure #428 cover)
Jim Aparo (Adventure #446 cover)
Kurt Schaffenberger (Adventure #453 cover)
Letters
Ira Schnapp (Adventure #300 cover)
? (other covers)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #300 (September 1962)
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #400 (December 1970)
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #403 (March 1971)
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #428 (July-August 1973)
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #446 (July 1976)
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #453 (September 1977)

Notes

Nelson goes over the history of Adventure Comics and its predecessor titles, New Comics and New Adventure Comics. He covers several of the features that were a part of it, including Federal Men, Nadir, Sandman, Hourman, Starman, Manhunter, Superboy, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, Aquaman, Legion of Super-Heroes, Congorilla, Tales of the Bizarro World, Supergirl, Black Orchid, Justice Society, a new Starman, and Dial H for Hero (among others). Includes six cover reprints from the series. (This sequence added 2008-09-07 by Allen Ross, replacing 6 cover reprint sequences.)

Show/hide 18. The Story Behind the Stories Text article, 1 page

Credits

Author
Paul Levitz
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Levitz discusses the Legion stories reprinted in this issue.

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 19. 10 Legion of Super-Heroes Stories! (Legion of Super-Heroes) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Shrinking Violet; Colossal Boy]

Credits

Pencils
Keith Giffen [as Keith]
Inks
Larry Mahlstedt [as Larry]

Synopsis

The modern Legionnaires see their Silver Age counterparts.

Notes

Back cover. Illustration and promo for stories in the issue. Art is mirror-image of front cover, with the positions of the "classic" and "modern" Legionnaires switched.


Notes

Special 148 page 500th issue.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 36890

Entry created

  • 06/07/2008

Index completed

  • 13/09/2011

Last updated

  • 05/10/2012