Thursday, May 31, 2007

Adventure Comics #358

Adventure Comics #358 (On Sale: May 31, 1967) has a great Curt Swan/George Klein cover. The design of this thing is so out of character for Swan; looks more like something you would see in the next few months from Neal Adams. I really wonder about this cover.

Inside "The Hunter" is by Jim Shooter and George Papp. On the jungle planetoid Simballi, the billionaire financier known as the Hunter traps and kills a beast called a tigerram. That night, at a great feast in his castle, the Hunter expresses boredom and dissatisfaction with his existence to his assistant, Jakra. He has trapped and killed the deadliest beasts in the galaxy, but he craves even more dangerous game. Pulling back a curtain to reveal plastic heads of the Legion members mounted on a wall, he tells Jakra that the Legionnaires will be his next conquest.

Ships from Orion Enterprises land at spaceports all over Earth, each containing vicious animals from the Hunter's private zoo. When the time is right, the Hunter issues a threat to the Legion by forming words in the sky. The heroes on duty at the Clubhouse, Superboy, Invisible Kid, Chameleon Boy, Karate Kid, Ultra Boy, and Shrinking Violet, fly over the city but fail to discover the source of the threat. The Hunter then has his animals released, and as they swarm over Metropolis, the heroes do their best to stop them. The Hunter appears, offering to halt the stampede if the Legionnaires will surrender to him. Since their efforts to quell the beasts have failed, the heroes reluctantly agree, and watch in amazement as he stops the creatures with a simple spoken command.Reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 6 HC.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.


Norman Boyd said...

This is too early for Carmine Infantino's influence on cover layouts but, yes, I agree, it's not the usual Swan at all - well spotted!

-Keller said...

This isn't the only one. In the next few months there are a number of Adventure covers that look like Adams layouts. I know in about three month Infantino is supposed to start doing the layouts for most DC covers, but as we get to these Adventure covers I think you will see that they don't look like Carmine at all; they look like Neal.