Adventure Comics (1938)
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Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: November 1938 - October 2011
Country: United States
Adventure Comics (1938) #32 continues from New Adventure Comics (1937) #31
Adventure Comics (1938) #516 continues from Adventure Comics (2009) #12
One of the longer-running titles in history, Adventure Comics, as it was known throughout most of its history, started life as New Comics. After 11 issues, it became New Adventure Comics, before finally settling on the name Adventure Comics with issue 32. It is somewhat unclear why the publisher started the publication as New Comics, because they were anything but. Truth is, most of the first 11 issues were a repackaging of comics that had already appeared in newspapers. As the title morphed over those first few years, the level of reprinted material dropped. Ironically, the "newest" comics were in Adventure Comics.
While the first few years of the title had much more in common with the so-called "British comic" than the American comic book, the style settled into something modern American audiences would recognize as the years progressed. After issue 40 in July of 1939, it became the home of the Sandman. Hourman joined in February of the following year, and the title would carry on with these two in the lead for many issues in the 1940s. Later, Superboy, and then the Legion of Superheroes, would usurp these "older" heroes, but the title would remain at least semi-anthological for its entire run. Though the title tended to enjoy long periods of association with certain characters, it's certainly in the running for longest-running anthological series.
As this is an anthological series, titles of individual stories are not issue titles. The "issue title" field is being used here to show where the cover title (and in some cases, the indicia as well), significantly changed for a period of several consecutive issues. The indicia title of issues #479-490 is "Adventure Comics Presents Dial H for Hero".
The series was digest-sized for issues 491-503. When the series resumed in 2010, it skipped 12 issue numbers to account for the intermediate series Adventure Comics (2009) (even though that series really had 13 issues, including #0).
Number of issues cataloged: 487
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