Adventure Comics #491

DC Comics

United States

Published
September 1982
Page count
100
Cover price
0.95 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/358596

Credits

Editing
Carl Gafford
Dick Giordano

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Show/hide Cover Untitled (Shazam!; Superboy) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Shazam!; Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Code
C-946
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Mary Marvel; Captain Marvel, Jr.; Ibac; Superboy; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Boy [later Lightning Lad]]

Credits

Pencils
Keith Giffen
Inks
Romeo Tanghal
Editing
Carl Gafford
Dick Giordano

Notes

First digest-sized issue.

Show/hide 1. The Confederation of Hell (Shazam!) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Feature
Shazam!
Genre
Superhero
Code
J-8279
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Mary Marvel; Captain Marvel Jr.; Kid Eternity; Mr. Keeper; Satan; Ibac; Sabbac; Master Man; Darkling; Zeus; Set (cameo); Ahriman (cameo); Cernobog (cameo); Tezcatlipoca (cameo)

Credits

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
Don Newton
Inks
Frank Chiaramonte
Colours
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Phil Felix [as Philip Felix]
Editing
Dave Manak
Show/hide 2. The Legion of Super-Heroes (Superboy) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad [as Lightning Boy]; Saturn Girl]; Jonathan Kent (cameo)

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
Al Plastino
Colours
Jerry Serpe

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #247 (April 1958)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
Also printed
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #247 (April 1958)
 
Australia
Century the 100 Page Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #29 ([October 1958?])
 
Australia
Century the 100 Page Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #29 ([October 1958?])
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #6 (Winter 1963)
 
United States
Superman Annual (DC, 1960 series) #6 (Winter 1963)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #6 ([November 1965?])
 
Australia
Giant Superman Album (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #6 ([November 1965?])
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #1 (March-April 1980)
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #1 (March-April 1980)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #491 (September 1982)
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #1 (1991)
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #1 (1991)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
DC Silver Age Classics Adventure Comics 247 (DC, 1992 series) (1992)
 
United States
DC Silver Age Classics Adventure Comics 247 (DC, 1992 series) (1992)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Adventure Comics No. 247 (DC, 2000 series) (November 2000)
 
United States
Millennium Edition: Adventure Comics No. 247 (DC, 2000 series) (November 2000)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
World's Best Comics: Silver Age Sampler (DC, 2004 series) (2004)
 
United States
World's Best Comics: Silver Age Sampler (DC, 2004 series) (2004)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years of the Future (DC, 2008 series) ([June] 2008)
The Legion of Super-Heroes
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 2009 series) #0 (April 2009)
 
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 2009 series) #0 (April 2009)
The Legion of Super-Heroes

Synopsis

Three teens from the future offer Superboy membership in their super-hero club. But when Superboy fails to complete three simple tasks, the Legionnaires pretend to reject him, until they reveal that the three tasks were merely intitiation pranks which proved he is a good sport.

Show/hide 3. Sorcerers of the Sea (Aquaman) Comic story, 23 pages

Featuring

Feature
Aquaman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Aquaman; Mera; Aqualad; Aquagirl; Aquababy [Arthur Curry, Jr.]; Vulko

Credits

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

Reprint history

From GCD
from Aquaman (DC, 1962 series) #40 (July-August 1968)

Synopsis

Mera vanishes abruptly and Aquaman begins a quest to find her.

Show/hide 4. The Canary and the Cat! Part One (Black Canary) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Black Canary
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Black Canary; Bertha Kane

Credits

Script
Denny O'Neil
Art
Alex Toth
Colours
Tom Ziuko
Letters
Alex Toth

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #418 (April 1972)

Notes

Title taken from this story's appearance in BLACK CANARY ARCHIVES (DC, 2001).

Show/hide 5. The Man Who Couldn't Sleep (Sandman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Sandman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Sandy [Sandy Hawkins]; Felix Black; Nick Parks

Credits

Script
Jack Kirby
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Joe Simon
Colours
Nansi Hoolahan

Reprint history

Also printed
United States
The Forever People (DC, 1971 series) #7 (February-March 1972)
The Man Who Couldn't Sleep
 
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (KG Murray, 1975? series) #70 ([February 1976])
The Man Who Couldn't Sleep!
From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #80 (November 1942)

Synopsis

Tormented by insomnia, Felix Black turns to a life of crime.

Show/hide 6. Prisoner of the Super-Heroes! (Superboy) Comic story, 11 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Lightning Lad; Saturn Girl]; Krypto; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Art
George Papp
Colours
Jerry Serpe
Letters
Joe Letterese

Reprint history

From GCD
from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #267 (December 1959)

Synopsis

The Legion returns to 20th Century to discredit Superboy and exile him from Earth.

Notes

Reprint of the second appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Show/hide 7. War That Shook the Universe! (Spectre) Comic story, 23 pages

Featuring

Feature
Spectre
Genre
Superhero; occult
Characters
Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Azmodus; Stefan Miklos; Millicent Olcott; Paul Nevers

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Art
Murphy Anderson
Colours
Anthony Tollin
Editing
Julius Schwartz (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #60 (January-February 1966)
War That Shook the Universe!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Tip Top Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #15 ([July 1966?])
War that Shook the Universe
 
United States
Showcase Presents: The Spectre (DC, 2012 series) #1 ([April] 2012)
War That Shook the Universe!
From GCD
from Showcase (DC, 1956 series) #60 (January-February 1966)

Synopsis

The Spectre confronts the evil Azmodus, who has taken over the body of Paul Nevers.

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

Credits

Author
Paul Levitz
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Notes

Levitz provides commentary on the two Legion stories reprinted in this issue.

Show/hide 9. 100 Pages of Non-Stop Action and Suspense! Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy; Legion of Super-Heroes [Saturn Girl; Cosmic Boy; Lightning Boy]; Spectre; Black Canary; Sandman; Aquaman

Credits

Pencils
Keith Giffen (?)
Inks
Romeo Tanghal (?)

Notes

First digest-sized issue.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 39276

Entry created

  • 03/04/2010

Cover added

  • 03/04/2010

Index completed

  • 03/04/2010

Last updated

  • 05/10/2012