Adventure Comics #495

DC Comics

United States

Published
January 1983
Page count
100
Cover price
1.25 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/358600

Credits

Editing
Carl Gafford

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown; Legion of Super-Heroes) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown; Legion of Super-Heroes
Code
C-976
Characters
Red Ryan; Superboy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Cosmic Boy

Credits

Pencils
Ross Andru
Inks
Dick Giordano
Editing
Carl Gafford
Show/hide 1. Yesterday's Clues! (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown
Genre
Adventure
Code
J-8285
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]

Credits

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colours
Carl Gafford
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Carl Gafford

Synopsis

Continued from last issue... The not-yet-Challengers hang in Rocky's apartment, reading and paying bills. Only Prof frets about the jet sabotage. Ace wonders if he's the target. When he dumped a cargo of nitro, he exposed gold for prospectors but buried an Eskimo burial ground. "Angry Eskimos booby-trapped our plane? C'mon!" Red recounts how he was installing a radio tower in South America and almost killed by a dictator. Prof recounts how he helped rescue a sunken statue. Prof had inherited a fortune that cut his cousin Freddie out of the will. Prof needs to talk to Freddie. But first, Red has something to confess... Continued.

Notes

An original adventure based on their origin in Showcase 6 and Challengers of the Unknown 31. Learn more about the Challs at www.challengersoftheunknown.com.

Show/hide 2. The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero! (Superboy) Comic story, 13.66 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [also appears as Clark Kent]; Sun Boy (impostor); Tom Tanner; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl; Phantom Girl; Brainiac 5; Chameleon Boy; Sun Boy]; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Chief Parker

Credits

Script
Robert Bernstein
Art
George Papp
Colours
Carl Gafford (reprint colorist)
Letters
Joe Letterese
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #290 (November 1961)
The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #32 ([March 1962?])
The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero
 
United States
Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #147 (June 1968)
The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero!
 
Australia
Giant Superboy Album (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #5 ([June 1969?])
The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #1 (1991)
The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero!
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Secret of the Seventh Super-Hero!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #290 (November 1961)

Synopsis

Superboy meets new Legion member Sun Boy (who is later revealed to be an impostor). Meanwhile, reform school escapee Tom Tanner (a double for Clark Kent) tries to take over Clark's life in Smallville.

Notes

first appearance of Sun Boy; original story is partially rewritten from "The Two Clark Kents" in Adventure Comics #191 (August 1953)

Show/hide 3. Underworld Reward (Aquaman) Comic story, 22 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Aqualad; Mera (cameo flashback); Aquababy (cameo flashback)

Credits

Script
Steve Skeates
Art
Jim Aparo
Colours
Bob LeRose (reprint colorist)
Letters
Jim Aparo
Editing
Dick Giordano (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Aquaman (DC, 1962 series) #44 (March-April 1969)

Synopsis

Aquaman finds himself in conflict with a gang of unnamed criminals.

Show/hide 4. The Man Without a World (Captain Marvel) Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Feature
Captain Marvel
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel; Dr. Sivana

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
C. C. Beck
Colours
Owen Blessitt (reprint colorist)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Captain Marvel Adventures (Fawcett, 1941 series) #141 (February 1953)

Synopsis

Sivana tricks Captain Marvel into believing that he killed all the inhabitants of a planet.

Show/hide 5. The Legion of Super-Traitors! (Superboy) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy (also appears as Clark Kent); Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl]; Legion of Super-Pets [Krypto, Streaky, Super-Monkey, Super-Horse]; Brain Globes of Rambat; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent; Jax-Ur; General Zod; Mon-El

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
Carl Gafford (reprint colorist)
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #293 (February 1962)

Synopsis

Superboy is attacked by his friends in the Legion, under the evil influence of the Brain-Globes of Rambat. After the Legionnaires regain their senses, they gather four super-pets to defeat the Brain-Globes.

Notes

First appearance of Legion of Super-Pets; first appearance of Comet the Super-Horse.

Show/hide 6. Crime Carnival (Sandman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Sandman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sandman; Sandy; Stretcho; Midge; Presto; Samson

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon
Colours
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)
Letters
Howard Ferguson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #84 (March 1943)

Synopsis

Sandman and Sandy battle the villains of the Mammoth Carnival.

Show/hide 7. Die, Spectre--Again! (Spectre) Comic story, 23 pages

Featuring

Feature
Spectre
Genre
Superhero; occult
Characters
Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Dirk Rawley; Mona Marcy; Commissioner Hackett

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Art
Neal Adams
Colours
Jerry Serpe (reprint colorist)
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original story)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Spectre, The (DC, 1967 series) #2 (January-February 1968)

Synopsis

The evil etheric body of magician Dirk Rawley emerges and forces him into crime.

Show/hide 8. The Story Behind the Story Text article, 1 page

Credits

Author
Paul Levitz
Letters
typeset

Notes

Background information on the two Superboy/Legion reprints in this issue.

Show/hide 9. Untitled (Sandman; Superboy; Captain Marvel; Spectre; Aquaman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Sandman; Superboy; Captain Marvel; Spectre; Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sandman; Sandy; Superboy; Sun Boy (impostor); Captain Marvel; Spectre; Aquaman

Credits

Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
Romeo Tanghal

Notes

Back cover


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 38261

Entry created

  • 30/03/2010

Last updated

  • 05/10/2012