Friday, March 30, 2007

Adventure Comics #356

Adventure Comics #356 (On Sale: March 30, 1967) has a Curt Swan/George Klein cover. This is another book I remember reading, but I know I did not buy this one new.

Inside we have the cover story, "The Five Legion Orphans" by E. Nelson Bridwell, Curt Swan and George Klein. While their comrades celebrate Parents' Day with a parade and a banquet, the five Legion orphans, Superboy, Mon-El, Brainiac 5, Element Lad, and Dream Girl, remain on guard at the Legion Clubhouse.

An alarm reaches them from the planet Zinth, and the five speed there to investigate a stolen power crystal, which the authorities claim raiders had dropped into a deep pond before escaping. As Superboy and Mon-El search for the raiders, the other Legionnaires don masks and dive into the pond to retrieve the crystal. As they attempt to bring it to the surface, however, they find themselves rapidly growing younger. Superboy and Mon-El return and get the crystal themselves, despite Dream Girl's warning. They too soon become younger, until all five are infants. Reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6 HC

The second story is "Lana Lang and the Legion of Super-Heroes" is a reprint from Adventure Comics #282 by Otto Binder and George Papp. Outside Smallville, Superboy meets Star Boy, a Legionnaire from the future, with powers similar to his own. Star Boy explains that he has come to capture two criminals who have fled to 20th century Earth. He has already caught one, and enlists the aid of the Boy of Steel to snare the other, but not before Lana Lang overhears their conversation and Star Boy’s reference to his secret identity. She waits for Superboy to leave, then approaches the Legionnaire and tells him that she will reveal his secret to the imprisoned criminal unless he makes Superboy jealous by pretending to fall in love with her and taking her with him to Xanthu.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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