Monday, January 2, 2012

Famous Firsts Week: "The Supergirl Gang" by Bates, Mortimer, and Abel

Welcome to FAMOUS FIRSTS WEEK, Groove-ophiles! What better way to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR than to celebrate all week long with some of the coolest, most far-out debuts of the Groovy Age? Ready? Steady? Go, man, go!

After 10 years of guest-starring and Action Comics back-ups, Supergirl finally graduated to lead-feature status. With Adventure Comics # 381 (April 1969), Superman's cousin Kara replaced the Legion of Super-Heroes and enjoyed her first full-length tale. (I was gonna call it a "solo" tale, but Batgirl does guest-star in a sneaky way...) Written by Cary Bates with art by Win Mortimer and Jack Abel "The Supergirl Gang" doesn't set the world on fire, but it is fun and diverting--which is all we asked for our 15 cents, right? Though low-key, the series was a hit, lasting through Adventure #424 (July 1972) before Supergirl graduated to her very own mag which ran a solid 10 issues before being folded into Superman Family (which lasted an astounding 59 issues!).

Ready to dig on Adventure #481, Groove-ophiles? The Curt Swan/Neal Adams cover alone was worth the price of admission!


  1. Thanks Groove. I stared reading this book soon after SG debuted, and stopped when she left. Good memories.



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