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Issue Details

Issue #497
Published March 1983
Frequency monthly
Cover Price 1.25 USD
Pages 100
Editing Carl Gafford, Nicola Cuti

Cover Details

Characters Red Ryan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Ace Morgan; Superboy; Ultra Boy
Genre superhero
Pencils Gil Kane (signed)
Inks Gil Kane

9 page Challengers of the Unknown story "All Together Now!"

Characters Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Rocky Davis; Prof Haley; Red Ryan]
Synopsis Continued from last issue... The not-yet-Challengers investigate who sabotaged their plane... Red Ryan escorts an old friend, Johnny Green, in Las Vegas, when a car tries to run them down! Johnny explains HE was the target, not the heroes. Johnny won $300K from mobsters but hadn't collected. He was to fly to Vegas with Red. Mobsters planted a plastic sabotage device to crash the plane: plastic to fool metal detectors. The heroes meet the mobsters. A fight brings "Chaos in the Casino". Johnny gets paid and the mob goes to jail. And the heroes finally get their TV appearance as "Challengers of the Unknown!"
Genre adventure
Script Bob Rozakis
Pencils Alex Toth
Inks Dan Adkins
Colors Anthony Tollin
Letters John Costanza
Editing Nicola Cuti
Notes An original adventure that finishes their expanded origin from Showcase 6 and Challengers of the Unknown 31. More Challs stories were planned for Adventure Comics Digest, but they were bumped out by Legion reprints. The only finished unused story became part of DC Comics Presents 84. Learn more about the Challs at

13 page Superboy story "The Boy With Ultra-Powers!"

Characters Superboy [also as Clark Kent]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah, also as "Gary Crane"](introduction and origin); Marla [also as "Ben Crane"]; Pete Ross; Krypto; Lana Lang; Martha Kent; Jonathan Kent
Synopsis Ultra Boy must discover Superboy's secret identity as an initiation test for the Legion.
Genre superhero
Script Jerry Siegel
Pencils Curt Swan
Inks George Klein
Letters Milt Snapinn
Editing Mort Weisinger (original story)
Notes Ultra Boy spelled "Ultra-Boy" in this story.
Reprinted from Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #98 (July 1962)

23 page Aquaman story "The Explanation!"

Characters Aquaman; Mera; Vulko; Narkran; Aquagirl; Aqualad (cameo flashback); Aquababy (cameo flashback)
Synopsis Mera has been held captive by the same gangsters Aquaman has been fighting. After they escape, they head for Atlantis for the final showdown with Narkran.
Genre superhero
Script Steve Skeates
Pencils Jim Aparo
Inks Frank Giacoia
Letters Jim Aparo
Editing Dick Giordano (original story)
Reprinted from Aquaman (DC, 1962 series) #46 (July-August 1969)

15 page Marvel Family story "The Mighty Marvels Join Forces!"

Characters Captain Marvel [also appears as Billy Batson]; Captain Marvel, Jr. [also appears as Freddy Freeman]; Mary Marvel [also appears as Mary Batson]; Uncle Marvel; Black Adam [Teth-Adam]; Shazam
Synopsis The Marvel Family unite to battle the evil Black Adam.
Genre superhero
Script Otto Binder
Pencils C. C. Beck
Inks C. C. Beck
Reprinted from Marvel Family (Fawcett, 1945 series) #1 (December 1945)

11 page Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes story "The Face Behind the Lead Mask!"

Characters Superboy [also appears as Clark Kent]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Lightning Lad; Sun Boy; Chameleon Boy (statue); Bouncing Boy (statue); Shrinking Violet (statue); Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg] (statue)]; Lex Luthor; Urthlo; Mon-El
Synopsis At a regular meeting of the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legionnaires lose control of their powers. Urthlo arrives and announces that he now controls the Legionnaires' powers and there is nothing they can do about it. But Saturn Girl comes up with a serum to temporarily cure Mon-El and immunize him against lead, and Superboy releases him from the Phantom Zone to knock out Urthlo, who turns out to be an automaton created by Lex Luthor sent into the future to destroy the Legion.
Genre superhero
Script Jerry Siegel
Pencils John Forte; Al Plastino [page 4 and some Superboy and Luthor heads only]
Inks John Forte; Al Plastino
Letters Milt Snapinn
Editing Mort Weisinger (original story)
Reprinted from Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #300 (September 1962)

24 page Spectre story "Stop that Kid... Before He Wrecks the World!"

Characters Spectre; Jim Corrigan; Hamilton Benedict
Synopsis An evil force invades the body of young Hamilton Benedict, giving him supernatural powers to battle the Spectre.
Genre superhero; occult
Script Neal Adams
Pencils Neal Adams
Inks Neal Adams
Editing Julius Schwartz (original story)
Reprinted from Spectre, The (DC, 1967 series) #4 (May-June 1968)

Cover Details

Characters Lightning Lad; Brainiac 5; Cosmic Boy; Saturn Girl; Sun Boy; Urthlo; Aquaman; Mera; Captain Marvel; Mary Marvel; Captain Marvel, Jr.; Black Adam; Spectre
Pencils Howard Bender
Inks Frank Giacoia