After a gap of six months, Adventure Comics returns with issue 491 (Sept 82), but now it’s a small, digest sized book. It’s 100 pages long, but virtually all of that consists of reprints. The only new work in the issue is the Shazam story, continued from the series in World’s Finest Comics, which also recently underwent a format change.
E Nelson Bridwell, Don Newton and Frank Chiaramonte helpm the tale as Satan assembles a crew to take out the Marvel Family, which now includes Kid Eternity, revealed to be the long-lost brother of Captain Marvel, Jr back in World’s Finest. Ibac and Sabbac are joined by newer villain Darkling, as well as Master Man, Kid Eternity’s old enemy.
They take the Marvels by surprise while they are in their normal human form, binding and gagging them.
It’s Kid Eternity who saves the day, getting loose of his gag and calling up Zeus. Smart move, as Zeus is able to send the magic lightning bolts that transform Billy Batson, Mary Batson and Freddy Freeman into Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr.
Together the four heroes take down Ibac, Sabbac and Darkling, but Master Man has called up four evil gods of his own.
The story concludes next issue.