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Encyclopedia > Adventure Comics
Adventure Comics

Cover of Adventure Comics #296. Art by Curt Swan.
Publisher DC Comics
Format Standard (#32-490)
Digest (#491-503)
Publication date November 1938 through September 1983
Number of issues 471
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Adventure Comics was a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. It ran for 503 issues (472 of those after the title changed to Adventure Comics), making it the fifth-longest-running DC series, behind Detective Comics, Action Comics, Superman and Batman. Image File history File links Adventure296. ... Curtis D. Swan (born February 17, 1920 in Willmar, Minnesota; died June 16, 1996)[1] was an American comic book artist, best known for his work on the Superman comics spanning three decades. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... Batman is an ongoing comic book series featuring the DC Comics action hero of the same name. ...

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Publication history

Adventure Comics began its nearly 50-year run in 1935 under the title New Comics, which was only the second comic book series published by National Allied Publications, now DC Comics. Originally a humor series, the series, which was subsequently retitled New Adventure Comics with its seventh issue, gradually shifted to a serious adventure series. Issue 32 saw the title again changed to Adventure Comics, which would remain the book's name for the duration of its existence. The series' focus gradually shifted to superhero stories starting with the debut of The Sandman in issue #40. Other superheroes who appeared in the early days of Adventure included Manhunter and Starman. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... The Sandman, alias Wesley Dodds, is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, best known for his stories set during the 1940s and his costume consisting of a green business suit, fedora, and gas mask. ... Manhunter is the name given to several different DC Comics superheroes/antiheroes, as well as the Manhunters an entire race of androids created by the Guardians of the Universe, as a forerunner to the Green Lantern Corps. ... Starman is Ted Knight, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ...

New Comics #1 (Dec. 1935). Cover art by Vin Sullivan.
New Comics #1 (Dec. 1935). Cover art by Vin Sullivan.

A pivotal issue of the series was #103, when Superboy, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick and Aquaman moved from More Fun Comics (which was being converted to a humor format) to Adventure. Starman and Sandman's stories were canceled to make room for the new features. Superboy became the star of the book, and would appear on each cover through 1969. Vincent Vin Sullivan (died on February 3, 1999) is an early comic book editor, artist, and publisher. ... Superboy is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Universe, most of them youthful incarnations of Superman. ... This article is about the first Green Arrow, Oliver Queen. ... Johnny Quick is the name of two DC Comics characters, each with the power of superhuman speed. ... Aquaman is a fictional character, superhero in DC Comics. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ...


In issue #247 (April 1958), Superboy met the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of super-powered teens from the future. The group became popular, and would soon take over as the Adventure lead feature through issue #381 (June 1969), in which Supergirl migrated from the backup feature in Action Comics to the starring feature in Adventure. LSH redirects here. ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ...


In 1973, the book's theme changed from superhero adventure to supernatural adventure. The Spectre and Black Orchid were the stars of the book during this era. Before long, though, conventional superheroes returned to the book. The last decade of Adventure starred a variety of characters, and features, including Aquaman, a new Starman, "Dial H for Hero" and the Justice Society of America. The book ended its run as a digest-sized reprint anthology. The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Lets us talks some realities here before we get into the fictional works here. ... Starman is a name used by several different fictional DC Comics superheroes, most prominently Ted Knight and his son Jack. ... Dial H for Hero is a comic book feature published by DC Comics about a magical dial that enables an ordinary person to become a superhero for one hour. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... ANThology is the first major label album by Alien Ant Farm released on March 6, 2001 in the USA and March 19, 2001 in the UK. // Their first single, Smooth Criminal, was a cover of Michael Jacksons song Smooth Criminal, which started to bring popularity to the band. ...


80 Page Giant

Adventure Comics 80 Page Giant was released in 1998.


80 Page Giant issues were first published in the late 60's. These special issues covered Jimmy Olsen (3 issues), Supergirl, the Bizzaro World, Lois Lane, etc.


Justice Society Returns

DC published an Adventure Comics #1 as part of the company's "Justice Society Returns" storyline in 1999. Justice Society Returns is a story arc that ran through a number of comic books published by DC Comics in 1999, reviving the Golden Age superhero team, which had previously been revived in the 1980s. ...


Reprint collections

  • Showcase Presents: Green Arrow Volume 1: Stories from issues #250-266, plus stories from other comics
  • Showcase Presents: Aquaman Volume 1: Stories from issues #260-280, 282 & 284

Showcase Presents is a line of black & white paperback books published by DC Comics. ...

Awards

The series has won several awards for itself and its creators over the years, including the Shazam Award for Best Pencil Artist (Humor Division) for Bob Oksner for his work on Adventure Comics and other DC comics in 1970. Bob Oksner was an American comic book artist employed by DC Comics and other companies. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ...


See also

DC Comics is one of the largest comic book and graphic novel publishers in North America. ...

References

  • Grand Comics Database
  • Adventure Comics cover gallery

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