Friday, July 27, 2007

Adventure Comics #360

Adventure Comics #360 (On Sale: July 27, 1967) has a Curt Swan and George Klein cover, but is it also someone else? This is the second Adventure cover that to me has the hand of Neal Adams in the layouts. In this case look at the Superboy figure. Yes, it is Curt Swan, but the pose is not. Remember that in the next few months as Adams starts doing DC super-hero covers at first they are almost all for Weisinger. I think he was tinkering with the Adventure layouts before he ever got credit for it. Like the cover of #358, next month's is even easier to spot as Adams.

Inside "The Legion Chain Gang" is by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Klein and continues last month's storyline. The Legionnaires wander through the maze of sewers on Takron-Galtos, the prison planetoid, where they discover a hidden passageway leading to one of Lex Luthor's secret lairs. Using his advanced machinery, they recreate their costumes, then make plans to free Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, Lightning Lad, and Duo Damsel from jail.

At the same time, President Boltax receives a report from Brugol, the warden on Takron-Galtos. Boltax visits his son, whom he keeps prisoner in a locked room, but the boy refuses to speak to him. After Boltax leaves, he loosens the screws on a ventilator grill and escapes.

Meanwhile, the Legionnaires, under the leadership of Espionage Squad chief Chameleon Boy, successfully free their captive comrades from jail and retrieve their confiscated flight rings, then regroup at Luthor's lair. They deduce that Earth's water supply has had a hypno-chemical put into it, and Brainiac 5 concocts an antidote.

At the water purification plant the next day, the Legion creates a distraction to divert the guards, while Brainiac 5 goes to pour his antidote into the water. Before he can administer the antidote, Brainiac 5 is slugged from behind by a guard. Reprinted in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #238 and Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 7 HC.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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