Originally published from 1935 to 1983, “Adventure Comics” ran for 503 issues, making it the fifth-longest running DC series behind “Action Comics,” “Detective Comics,” “Batman” and “Superman.”
Last week, DC released “Adventure Comics” #0 with a cover price of $1. The issue was a reprint of the classic “Adventure Comics” #247, which featured the first appearance of the Legion of Super-Heroes and Superboy’s first encounter with the team from the 30th century.
Johns and Manapul contributed an “Omens and Origins” backup tale, which, in retrospect, should have been a good indicator that this news was coming…not to mention a clue as to just who might be the mystery lead character of the new ongoing series.
CBR News caught up with Johns from the “super-crazy” floor at the Javits Centre to discuss “Adventure Comics.”
CBR News: Is “Adventure Comics” a title you’ve been working towards for some time? Looking at the teaser cover for #1, there’s obviously a through line from what you’ve been doing in “Action Comics,” “Justice Society of America” and “Legion of Three Worlds.”
Geoff Johns: I’ve been working on this since back on “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes” [his critically acclaimed “Action Comics” arc].
Why is this project being released as “Adventure Comics” and not a “Legion of Super-Heroes” book?
I think it will be quite clear when the comic comes out, and we announce more about it, and when some more of the “Legion of Three World” issues come out. But there’s a reason it’s called “Adventure Comics.” If you’ve seen the cover, there’s still some details we’re not revealing about it.
Brainiac, Lex Luthor and Bizarro are three villains we’ve seen you explore in “Action Comics.”
Really, it’s a culmination of what I’ve been doing with Superman for the last couple of years. It’s all spilling over to this book. Also, with me leaving “Justice Society of America,” Starman is coming with me to “Adventure Comics.”
What do you love about Starman that made you bring him along for the ride?
I love working with him. I loved our take on him in “Justice Society of America,” and as all these plans come to fruition, Starman’s story will become a lot clearer. There’s a little bit of a through line to all of this stuff. I just love the quirkiness of Starman. And the tragedy behind Starman. He’s also going to play a role in “Legion of Three Worlds” #4.
Can you tease what we’re going to see in the series? There’s going to be a lead character in the main story and some back up stories too, right.
I can’t really get into yet, but it does have a lead character and it will have more. It’s called “Adventure Comics” because it has a variety of different stories. But yes, there will be a lead character to it all.
Is it always fun launching a new series?
It’s fun. Hopefully we’ll deliver a comic people like. And people are excited about. And when we talk more about it and get closer to that date, it will become really clear why we are doing this book. It’s an important book for me personally. And it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time. So I’m really, really excited about it.
Can you quickly talk about Francis and what he brings to the book?
He’s amazing. He’s the best of Tim Sale and Adam Kubert put together. If you saw the stuff he did on “Adventure Comics” #0, it’s just stunning.