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ADVENTURE COMICS (1938-83) #247
CGC VF-: 7.5
SOLD ON:  Monday, 05/18/2020 10:03 PM
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Curt Swan cvr; 1st app. of the Legion of Super-Heroes
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Curt Swan cvr; 1st app. of the Legion of Super-Heroes
Intended to be a one-off featuring Superboy, the Legion of Super-Heroes has gone on to become the focus of countless stories since its introduction. Adventure Comics #247 tells the tale of three time-traveling teenagers from the 30th century who are looking to recruit Superboy into their outfit. Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy (later referred to as Lightning Lad), and Saturn Girl, sit with stern faces, claiming Clark Kent is "too ordinary" to join their group. The title story and accompanying statements by Cosmic Boy were just enough to entice young readers into finding out why Superboy was deemed so pedestrian. The curious plot-line in this issue would prove to become a benchmark for DC storytelling. The Legion returned several issues later for an encore and were adored by fans, subsequently, they appeared in issues of Action and Adventure Comics over the next few years. The continued success of the Legion proved that this story was not a throw-away Silver Age ploy, the group had staying power throughout the years, and most recently secured a reboot in the post-Infinite Crisis story line in 2007.

Quite a fine example of a VF- copy of this Silver Age key, presenting lush tones of blue, and striking bright reds and yellows. The dumbfounded look on Superboy’s face is priceless, placed perfectly on this well-registered copy, the centering is exceptional, and the overall appeal of this book is higher than grade.

Overstreet Guide 2019 VF- (7.5) value = $7,778