Adventure Comics #497

DC Comics

United States

Published
March 1983
Page count
100
Cover price
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Colour
Black & white
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/358602

Credits

Editing
Carl Gafford
Nicola Cuti

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Challengers of the Unknown; Superboy) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Challengers of the Unknown; Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Code
C-103
Characters
Challengers of the Unknown [Red Ryan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan]; Superboy; Ultra Boy

Credits

Art
Gil Kane [as GK]
Colours
Anthony Tollin
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Notes

Lettering and coloring credits from Carl Gafford in a December 2010 e-mail.

Show/hide 1. Adventure Comics Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Inside front cover. Table of contents.

Show/hide 2. All Together Now! (Challengers of the Unknown) Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

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

Credits

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
Alex Toth
Inks
Dan Adkins
Colours
Anthony Tollin
Letters
John Costanza
Editing
Nicola Cuti

Synopsis

Continued from last issue... The not-yet-Challengers investigate who sabotaged their plane... Red Ryan escorts an old friend, Johnny Green, in Las Vegas, when a car tries to run them down! Johnny explains HE was the target, not the heroes. Johnny won $300K from mobsters but hadn't collected. He was to fly to Vegas with Red. Mobsters planted a plastic sabotage device to crash the plane: plastic to fool metal detectors. The heroes meet the mobsters. A fight brings "Chaos in the Casino". Johnny gets paid and the mob goes to jail. And the heroes finally get their TV appearance as "Challengers of the Unknown!"

Notes

An original adventure that finishes their expanded origin from Showcase 6 and Challengers of the Unknown 31. More Challs stories were planned for Adventure Comics Digest, but they were bumped out by Legion reprints. The only finished unused story became part of DC Comics Presents 84.

Show/hide 3. The Boy With Ultra-Powers! (Superboy) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superboy
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [also as Clark Kent]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah, also as "Gary Crane"](introduction and origin); Marla [also as "Ben Crane"]; Pete Ross; Krypto; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Colours
Gene D'Angelo (reprint colorist).
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Synopsis

Ultra Boy must discover Superboy's secret identity as an initiation test for the Legion.

Notes

Ultra Boy spelled "Ultra-Boy" in this story. Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

Show/hide 4. The Explanation! (Aquaman) Comic story, 23 pages

Featuring

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

Credits

Script
Steve Skeates
Pencils
Jim Aparo
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colours
Bob LeRose (reprint colorist)
Letters
Jim Aparo
Editing
Dick Giordano (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Aquaman (DC, 1962 series) #46 (July-August 1969)
The Explanation!
Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Wonder Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #55 ([November 1969?])
The Explanation

Synopsis

Mera has been held captive by the same gangsters Aquaman has been fighting. After they escape, they head for Atlantis for the final showdown with Narkran.

Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

Show/hide 5. The Mighty Marvels Join Forces! (Marvel Family) Comic story, 15 pages

Featuring

Feature
Marvel Family
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [also appears as Billy Batson]; Captain Marvel, Jr. [also appears as Freddy Freeman]; Mary Marvel [also appears as Mary Batson]; Uncle Marvel; Black Adam [Teth-Adam]; Shazam

Credits

Script
Otto Binder
Art
C. C. Beck
Colours
Nansi Hoolahan (reprint colorist)

Synopsis

The Marvel Family unite to battle the evil Black Adam.

Notes

Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

Show/hide 6. The Face Behind the Lead Mask! (Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superboy [also appears as Clark Kent]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy (statue); Bouncing Boy (statue); Shrinking Violet (statue); Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg] (statue)]; Lex Luthor; Urthlo; Mon-El

Credits

Script
Jerry Siegel
Pencils
John Forte
Al Plastino [page 4 and some Superboy and Luthor heads only]
Inks
John Forte
Al Plastino
Colours
Gene D'Angelo (reprint colorist)
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Mort Weisinger (original story)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #300 (September 1962)
The Face Behind the Lead Mask!
Also printed
Australia
Giant Superboy Album (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #5 ([June 1969?])
The Face Behind the Lead Mask
 
United States
Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #377 (June 1969)
The Face behind the Lead Mask
 
Australia
Superman Supacomic (Colour Comics, 1959 series) #146 ([October 1971])
The Face Behind the Lead Mask
 
Australia
Super Heroes Album (Murray, 1977 series) #12 ([April 1979])
The Face Behind the Lead Mask
 
United States
The Legion of Super-Heroes Archives (DC, 1991 series) #1 (1991)
The Face behind the Lead Mask
 
United States
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (DC, 2007 series) #1 ([April] 2007)
The Face Behind the Lead Mask!
 
United States
Superman: Tales from the Phantom Zone (DC, 2009 series) ([June] 2009)
The Face Behind the Lead Mask!

Synopsis

At a regular meeting of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legionnaires lose control of their powers. Urthlo arrives and announces that he now controls the Legionnaires' powers and there is nothing they can do about it. But Saturn Girl comes up with a serum to temporarily cure Mon-El and immunize him against lead, and Superboy releases him from the Phantom Zone to knock out Urthlo, who turns out to be an automaton created by Lex Luthor sent into the future to destroy the Legion.

Notes

Coloring credit from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail. Reformatted to fill 12 full pages.

Show/hide 7. Stop that Kid... Before He Wrecks the World! (Spectre) Comic story, 24 pages

Featuring

Feature
Spectre
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Hamilton Benedict

Credits

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

Synopsis

An evil force invades the body of young Hamilton Benedict, giving him supernatural powers to battle the Spectre.

Notes

Coloring credits from Carl Gafford in December 2010 e-mail.

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

Credits

Author
Paul Levitz
Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Discussion of the Legion stories reprinted in the issue.

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 9. Untitled (Legion of Super-Heroes; Aquaman; Marvel Family; Spectre) Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Legion of Super-Heroes; Aquaman; Marvel Family; Spectre
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Lightning Lad; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy]; Urthlo; Aquaman; Mera; Captain Marvel; Mary Marvel; Captain Marvel, Jr.; Black Adam; Spectre

Credits

Pencils
Howard Bender
Inks
Frank Giacoia

Notes

Back cover. Previews of the stories in the issue.


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 39280

Entry created

  • 21/07/2015

Index completed

  • 21/07/2015

Last updated

  • 21/07/2015