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Adventure Comics (1938)
Comic Book by DC
(486 issues, 502 covers) - NOV 1938 to OCT 2011
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Title:Adventure Comics (1938)
Type:Comic Book
Key Pub.:DC
Caption:DC 1938 - 1983, 2010 - 2011 (486 Issues) [Published as New Comics for issues #1-11, changed to New Adventure Comics for issues #12-31, restarted as Adventure Comics (2009) for 12 issue before reverting back to Adventure Comics (1938) with issue #516]
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Title Bio
One of the longest running comic book titles in history. The title started as "New Comics," and after 11 issues became known as "New Adventure Comics" before settling on "Adventure Comics" with issue #32.

The title was generally an anthology series, featuring several different characters throughout its run.

Sandman (Wesley Dodds) #40-102
Hourman (Rex Tyler) #48-83
Starman (Ted Knight) #61-102
Shining Knight #66-166
Manhunter (Paul Kirk) #73-92
Genius Jones #77-102
Superboy #103-345, 453-458
Johnny Quick #103-207
Aquaman #103-284, 435-466, 475-478
Green Arrow #103-269
Congo Bill #270-283
Bizarro #285-299
Legion of Super-Heroes #300-380, #516-529
Supergirl #381-424
Zatanna #413-422
Captain Fear #425-433
Black Orchid #428-430
Spectre #431-440
Creeper #445-447
Deadman #459-466
Flash (Barry Allen) #460-466
Starman (Prince Gavyn) #467-478
Plastic Man #467-478
Dial "H" for Hero #479-490
Challengers of the Unknown #493-497
Among many others.


With issue #491 Adventure Comics became Digest sized and featured primarily reprints of other stories until its end with issue #503.

Adventure comics was resurrected in 2009 with a brand new series featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes, with numbering beginning at #1 which ran for 12 issues (plus a #0 issue). Each of these 12 issues had a variant cover which continued the numbering from the original Adventure Comics series. After issue #12, that title dropped its new numbering and resumed the numbering Adventure Comics (1938) with issue #516. From that point, Adventure comics continued to feature the Legion until the series' end in 2011.

Adventure Comics was responsible for many first appearances, most notably the Legion of Super-Heroes with issue #247.
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