Adventure Comics #479 (March 1981) Cover art by Carmine Infantino and Bob Smith.

Issue 479, March 1981, DC Comics ($0.50)

“Dial H For Hero: As The Silver Fog Rolls In”

writer, Marv Wolfman; art, Carmine Infantino & Dennis Jensen;
cover, Carmine Infantino & Bob Smith;

Silver Fog, created by Harlan Ellison


First issue of Eighties revival of the Dial ‘H’ For Hero concept, where readers sent in character names for heroes and villains appearing in the series. The main heroes were two kids, Christopher King and Victoria Grant, who had “Hero” Dials which gave them a different hero identify every time they dialed the letters H-E-R-O. Since they would go through several identities in each story, these heroes, and the villains they would fight, were provided by the readers, who would receive a credit in the book and a great shirt that read “I Dialed ‘H’ For Hero.”

For this issue Ellison created the villain the Silver Fog who fights the Hero’s Windsong (created by Frank Mills, Jr, age 17) and Captain Electron (created by Stephen DeStefano, age 14, So. Ozone Park, NY). Ellison’s credit reads “The Silver Fog was created by Harlan Ellison, Age 46, Sherman Oaks, CA.” He is the oldest “creator” in the book by twenty years.

There were two other “Dial ‘H’ For Hero” stories in this issue: “To Save A World!” and an eponymous tale. All three stories are by the same creative team.

The character of Silver Fog would later appear in the “Dial ‘H’ For Hero” related storyline in New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #40.