Thursday, January 10, 2019

100-Page FAKES! presents: ADVENTURE COMICS # 443

100-Page FAKES! imagines mid-1970s DC 100-Page Super Spectaculars that never were...but should have been!

The Seven Soldiers Of Victory conclude their Adventure Comics run, though Aquaman still has ten more issues to go before graduating to a revival of his own title. The Creeper takes over the backup spot for the next five issues, with The Manhunter From Mars waiting in the wings. As we get into 1976, and publisher Carmine Infantino's dismissal from his post at DC's helm, we're really stretching the real-life 100-Page Super Spectacular time frame beyond reason. Well. What's the point of having your own blog if you can't disregard real life?

For our reprint selections, we've added a couple of Silver Age tales I recall fondly from 1966, when I was six years old: the DC debut of Plastic Man and the heartbreaking story of Superboy's super pal Supremo. Elsewhere on this blog, I've already talked about DC's Silver Age Plastic Man, and I touched briefly on my affection for the adventures of Superman when he was a boy in a Comic Book Retroview remembrance of  Superboy # 129. From the Golden Age, we add classic adventures of Doll Man and Doll Girl and Daredevil and the Little Wise Guys, and return to the dawn of the '60s for Captain Atom

Aquaman in "The Dolphin Connection," Adventure Comics # 443 (January-February 1976)
Plastic Man in "The Dirty Devices Of Dr. Dome!," Plastic Man # 1 (November-December 1966)
Captain Atom in "The Little Wanderer," Space Adventures # 35 (August 1960)
Daredevil and the Little Wise Guys (untitled), Daredevil # 39 (November 1946)
Doll Man and Doll Girl in "The Druid Death!," Doll Man # 38 (February 1952)
Superboy in "The Youth Who Was Braver Than Superboy!," Superboy # 132 (September 1966)
The Seven Soldiers Of Victory in "Confrontation," Adventure Comics # 443 (January-February 1976)

Except for Daredevil and the Little Wise Guys (characters now in the public domain), all characters are copyright DC Comics Inc. The Doll Man and Captain Atom stories are also public domain, while the rest can only be depicted via representative sample pages; I share the whole package with my subscribers. Is this the end of Adventure Comics' faux expansions in 100-Page FAKES!? I dunno. Maybe. Maybe not. I'd said I wouldn't venture much past early '76 in these things, but to be fair, I was not under oath at the time. We'll see. In the mean time, I give you: ADVENTURE!

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