Adventure Comics

Publisher: DC
Published: Nov 1938
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  • Series that introduced the Legion of Super-Heroes and other classic DC characters
  • Formerly titled New Adventure Comics
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  • Classic cover art by John Flanagan
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  • Early mention of marijuana in comic books
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  • 1st cover appearance and 2nd full appearance of the Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
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  • Classic cover art by Leo O'Mealia
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  • 2nd cover appearance of the Sandman
  • Cover art by Creig Flessel
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  • Story featuring opium abuse
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  • Classic cover art by Creig Flessel
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  • Classic cover art by Creig Flessel
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Hourman, Rex Tyler
  • [March 2021 - Deadline reports an Hourman movie is in development but which version of the character was unrevealed]
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  • 2nd appearance of Hourman
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  • Cover art by Bernard Baily
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  • 1st appearance of Jimmy Martin and the Minutemen of America
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  • 1st appearance of Paul Kirk, an investigator
  • The title of this story is 'Paul Kirk, Manhunter' but Kirk is not depicted in a costume or referred to by the moniker
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Starman, Ted Knight
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  • 2nd appearance of Starman
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Shining Knight, a former Knight of King Arthur's Round Table
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  • 1st appearance and origin of the Mist
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  • 1st appearance of Sandy the Golden Boy (Sandman's sidekick)
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  • 1st appearance of Bookworm, a failed novelist whose crimes are inspired by classic literature
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  • Jimmy Martin becomes Hourman's Sidekick
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  • 1st artwork at DC by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
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  • 1st appearance of Rick Nelson, Manhunter
  • This issue introduces Rick Nelson, a costumed Manhunter but in Adventure Comics #74, the identity reverts back to Paul Kirk who first appeared in Adventure Comics #58
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  • 1st appearance of Paul Kirk as the costumed crime-fighter, Manhunter
  • Kirk previously appeared as a plain-clothes investigator in Adventure Comics #58 in a story titled, Paul Kirk Manhunter
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Genius Jones
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  • Classic cover art by Simon and Kirby
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  • Superboy stories begin and continue for the next 277 issues
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  • 1st appearance of Krypto the Superdog
  • [May 2021 - Dwayne Johnson to voice Krypto in an animated Super-Pets feature film]
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  • 2nd appearance of Krypto the Superdog
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  • 1st appearance of Green Arrow and Aquaman in the Silver Age
  • 1st appearance of Topo the Octopus
  • 🔮 Just as the Flash has had proven success on TV and graduated to the big screen, Green Arrow could follow the same fate, especially as Black Canary development rumors persist
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  • 1st team appearance of Intergalactic Vigilante Squadron
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  • 1st appearance of the Rainbow Archer
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  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes: Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy, Saturn Girl
  • 1st appearance of Cosmic Boy
  • 1st appearance of Lightning Boy, later becomes Lightning Lad
  • 1st appearance of Saturn Girl
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  • Debut of Red Kryptonite
  • Causes temporary mutations and strange behavior
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  • 1st meeting between Superboy and Robin
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  • Origin of Green Arrow
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  • 1st meeting of Green Arrow and Superboy
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  • Origin of Aquaman in the Silver Age, revealed that Aquaman's name is Arthur Curry
  • 1st appearance of Queen Atlanna
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  • Origin of Speedy
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  • 1st and only appearance of Aquagirl (Lisa Morel)
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  • 2nd team appearance of Legion of Super-Heroes with new costumes
  • Lightning Boy becomes Lightning Lad
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  • 1st appearance of Aqualad, later becomes Tempest
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  • 2nd appearance of Aqualad
  • 1st appearance of the Aquacave
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  • Origin of Lex Luthor retold
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  • 1st appearance of Human Flying Fish
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  • Origin of the Superman/Batman team-up
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  • Debut of White Kryptonite
  • Destroys vegetation
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Star Boy, Thom Kallor, a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes
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  • 1st appearance of General Zod
  • 1st mention of the Phantom Zone
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  • Stories titled "Tales of the Bizarro World" begin
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  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Kltpzyxm
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  • 1st appearance of Dev-Em, a Kryptonian punk
  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro Perry White
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  • 2nd appearance of Dev-Em
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  • 1st appearance of Jax-Ur an evil scientist
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  • Origin of Sunboy
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  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Lana Lang and Bizarro Lucy Lane
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  • 1st team appearance of The Legion of Super-Pets: Beppo the Super-Monkey, Comet the Super-Horse (1st), Krypto the Super-Dog and Streaky the Super-Cat
  • 2nd appearance of General Zod
  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Lex Luthor
  • [May 2021 - animated feature to premiere in theaters May 20, 2022]
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  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Marilyn Monroe and Bizarro President John F. Kennedy
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  • 1st appearance of Bizarro Titano
  • 1st cameo appearance of Bizarro
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  • Debut of Gold Kryptonite
  • Permanently strips Kryptonians of their powers
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  • Ongoing stories featuring the Legion of Super-Heroes begin
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  • Origin of Bouncing Boy
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Matter-Eater Lad
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  • Death of Lightning Lad
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  • 1st team appearance of Legion of Substitute Heroes: Fire Lad, Polar Lad, Stone Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid
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  • 1st appearance of Element Lad
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  • 1st appearance of Lightning Lass, later becomes Light Lass
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  • 1st team appearance of Legion of Super-Monsters: Earthquake Beast, Eye Monster, Mirror Monster, Drill Beast, Omni-Beast
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  • 1st appearance of Dream Girl
  • 1st cameo appearance of Time Trapper
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  • 1st full appearance of Time Trapper, an enemy of vast power who can manipulate time in various ways
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  • 1st appearance of Duplicate Boy
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  • 1st appearance of Timber Wolf
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  • 1st team appearance of Bizarro Legionnaires
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  • 1st appearance of Starfinger
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  • 1st appearance of Glorith, employed by the Time Trapper but failed her first mission and was reduced to protoplasm as punishment
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  • 1st appearance of Computo
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  • Triplicate Girl renamed Duo Damsel, later becomes Duplicate Damsel
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  • First written work by Jim Shooter in the comic industry
  • It is revealed in the letters page of Adventure Comics #349 that 'One of Us Is a Traitor' was written by a 14 year-old Jim Shooter
  • 1st appearance of Ferro Lad
  • 1st appearance of Karate Kid
  • 1st appearance of Princess Projectra
  • 1st appearance of Warlord Garlak and Nemesis Kid (non-Legionnaires)
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  • 1st appearance of Dr. Regulus, a villain who can manipulate solar energy
  • Origin of Sunboy
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  • 1st appearance of Universo, a master hypnotist who was once part of the Green Lantern Corps
  • 1st appearance of Rond Vidar, son of Universo and a Green Lantern in the 31st century
  • Revealed in letters page that Adventure Comics #346 'One of Us Is a Traitor' was written by a 14 year-old Jim Shooter
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  • 1st appearance of The Hag, revealed in Adventure Comics #351 to be the White Witch
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  • 1st appearance of the White Witch (formerly The Hag)
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  • 1st team appearance of The Fatal Five: Emerald Empress, Mano, the Persuader, Validus and Tharok
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  • Death of Ferro Lad
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  • 1st team appearance of the Dominators, an alien race
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  • 1st appearance of Shadow Lass, later becomes Umbra, possesses the ability to manipulate darkness
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  • 1st appearance of Mordru
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  • 1st appearance of Chemical King
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  • 1st team appearance of Legion of Super-Villains (as teenagers)
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  • 1st appearance of The Tornado Twins, descendants of Barry Allen
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  • 1st team appearance of The Wanderers: Celebrand, Dartaig, Elvo, Immorto, Ornitho, Psyche and Quantum Queen
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  • Begin ongoing stories featuring Supergirl
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  • Supergirl models multiple costumes
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  • Supergirl debuts new costume
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  • Debut of new Legion of Super-Heroes costumes, designed by fans
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  • Stand-alone story focusing on DC superheroines
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  • 1st appearance of Captain Fear
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Black Orchid
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  • 2nd appearance of Black Orchid
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  • Begin ongoing stories featuring The Spectre
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  • Origin of The Spectre
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  • First use of the iconic 'bullet' DC logo on a Adventure Comics cover
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  • Black Manta reveals his identity
  • Death of Aquababy
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  • Death of Earth-Two Batman
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  • 1st appearance of Charlie Bullock, later becomes Blackwing
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  • 1st appearance of Starman, Prince Gavyn, the prince of Throneworld
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  • Reintroduction of Glorith
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Adventure Comics #36 $450 $1.4k $3.7k
Adventure Comics #39 $270 $810 $2.2k
Adventure Comics #40 $6k $18k $95k
Adventure Comics #41 $580 $1.8k $7.5k
Adventure Comics #42 $775 $2.3k $10k
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Adventure Comics #46 $590 $1.8k $7.5k
Adventure Comics #47 $590 $1.8k $7.5k
Adventure Comics #48 $2.5k $7.4k $36k
Adventure Comics #49 $270 $810 $3.1k
Adventure Comics #50 $270 $810 $3.1k
Adventure Comics #53 $240 $715 $2.6k
Adventure Comics #58 $240 $715 $2.6k
Adventure Comics #61 $1.4k $3.5k $22k
Adventure Comics #62 $215 $650 $2.4k
Adventure Comics #66 $270 $800 $2.9k
Adventure Comics #67 $215 $655 $2.4k
Adventure Comics #69 $255 $770 $2.8k
Adventure Comics #70 $320 $910 $3.2k
Adventure Comics #71 $215 $645 $2.4k
Adventure Comics #72 $875 $2.6k $11k
Adventure Comics #73 $615 $1.8k $6.9k
Adventure Comics #74 $80 $210 $850
Adventure Comics #77 $175 $525 $1.9k
Adventure Comics #79 $270 $810 $2.2k
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Adventure Comics #308 $10 $30 $145
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Adventure Comics #318 $9 $20 $110
Adventure Comics #324 $7 $20 $90
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Adventure Comics #335 $4 $12 $50
Adventure Comics #338 $9 $20 $85
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Adventure Comics #346 $12 $45 $130
Adventure Comics #348 $5 $15 $70
Adventure Comics #349 $5 $15 $70
Adventure Comics #350 $7 $18 $70
Adventure Comics #351 $5 $15 $70
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Adventure Comics #353 $6 $18 $80
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Adventure Comics #372 $4 $12 $55
Adventure Comics #373 $4 $12 $50
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Adventure Comics #381 $12 $35 $190
Adventure Comics #397 $4 $12 $45
Adventure Comics #400 $4 $12 $45
Adventure Comics #403 $8 $20 $80
Adventure Comics #416 $9 $25 $130
Adventure Comics #425 $2 $5 $18
Adventure Comics #428 $4 $12 $55
Adventure Comics #429 $2 $8 $25
Adventure Comics #431 $4 $13 $55
Adventure Comics #440 $3 $10 $30
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Adventure Comics #464 $1 $3 $12
Adventure Comics #467 $2 $5 $10
Adventure Comics #523 $1 $2 $3