Retro Review: Adventure Comics #459

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Adventure Comics #459

Pulled from the longbox, I talk about Adventure Comics (v1) #459 (cover date September/October 1978). This dollar comic format featured six “all-new super-star features,” including the Flash, Deadman, Green Lantern, the New Gods, Elongated Man, and Wonder Woman. Let’s find out if it’s really a “fabulous first issue–launching the most exciting new comic of the decade!”

Adventure Comics #459 back cover
Back Cover

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Flash: “The Crimson Comets of Fallville High”
Cary Bates (Writer), Irv Novick (Penciller), Frank McLaughlin (Inker), Gaspar Saladino (Letterer), Gene D’Angelo (Colorist)

Deadman: “Murder Haunts the Midway”
Len Wein (Writer), Jim Aparo (Artist), Glynis Wein (Colorist)

Green Lantern: “The Call of the Cosmos”
Cary Burkett (Writer), Joe Staton (Artist), Ben Oda (Letterer), Adrienne Roy (Colorist)

New Gods: “Climax of Chaos”
Gerry Conway (Writer), Don Newton (Penciller), Augie Scotto (Inker), Ben Oda (Letterer), Jerry Serpe (Colorist)

Elongated Man: “The Case of the Fortune Cookie Fortune”
Len Wein, Paul Levitz, Mike Gold, Ann Delary-Gold, Steve Mitchell, George Ruppert (Penciller), Bruce D. Patterson (Inker), Clem Robins (Letterer), Glynis Wein (Oliver) (Colorist)

Wonder Woman: “The Shark’s Dark Demand”
Jack C. Harris (Writer), Jack Abel (Penciller), Frank Giacoia (Inker), Shelly Leferman (Letterer), Gene D’Angelo (Colorist)

2 thoughts on “Retro Review: Adventure Comics #459

  1. damiankilby April 2, 2019 / 9:47 am

    I enjoyed this episode thoroughly…but it confirmed my memories that DC comics were often very weak stuff in the 70’s…I cringed at them even as a young teenager…what I think we have here is the editor and writers trying to continue the traditions of the Silver Age DC style short stories…but it just doesn’t feel right anymore, especially where they try to include what they thought was more “advanced ” hints at sexuality. It makes all the more impressive to me how much DC improved quite quickly in the early 80s. I suppose by then editors like Levitz and a wave writers who had experience over at Marvel were starting to find their own voices….


    • Eric P. I. April 7, 2019 / 11:35 am

      Thanks! Yeah, man, that late Bronze Age stuff can sometimes be kooky. I am fascinated now by how I see these things presently as compared to how I recall when I read them as a kid or how I think I would have seen these kinds of things back then (which is the case for this particular issue). Does that make sense? For example, I’m sure would not have picked up on the sexual aspects of that Wonder Woman story when I was 10. What was the writer thinking?!


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