Adventure Comics #300, September 1962

The comic that launched a zillion comics fans–well Legion fans anyway! After a few years of traipsing from guest appearance to guest appearance, those teenagers from the 30th century finally gained their own regular series here. The Curt Swan cover became a classic and the format was repeated over and over on numerous comics. Meanwhile, inside, the backup strip featuring the Legion told the tale of “The Face Behind the Lead Mask!” by Jerry Siegel and John Forte. Not the most auspicious of starts, perhaps, but very entertaining nonetheless. Things would get a lot better soon and, as the Silver Age continued, the Legion went from strength to strength, becoming one of DC’s most popular group of characters.

It’d be interesting to know whether Mon-El really was released from the Phantom Zone due to “popular demand”…

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