Friday, August 29, 2008

adventure comics 425

Hey, here's the first of several posts focusing on early-to-mid 1970s Adventure Comics, leading up to Michael Fleischer & Jim Aparo's classic run of Spectre stories starting in issue 431. Adventure started out as "New Comics" in 1937, becoming "New Adventure Comics" with issue 12, then "Adventure Comics" with number 32. Throughout the 1940s, it featured superhero stories featuring Hourman and the original Sandman, eventually giving way to Superboy, Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes stories throughout the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. With issue 425, it switched focus briefly to a kind of adventure-horror hybrid. Adventure Comics 425 (December 1972) is an especially beautiful package. Behind a typically evocative Mike Kaluta cover, there's a lead story (by Lynn Marron) with some terrific Alex Toth art, followed by a backup tale writte and illustrated by the great Gil Kane. Kane we've discussed before, Toth worked primarily at DC from the late 1940s through the 1970s before refocusing his career on animation. As a comics artist, Toth doesn't necessarily have any "definitive" work, but his style remains highly influential. Workin in animation for Hanna-Barbera he designed Space Ghost, the Herculoids, Birdman and Sealab 2020 (much of his work has been re-purposed for Adult Swim cartoons) and worked on Super-Friends. He died in 2006. Below are some of his exquisite images from Adventure Comics 425, Kaluta's cover and the title page of the Gil Kane story...

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