Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DC Super Heroes My First Dictionary

Oh man, how cool is this book? Coming out this month is DC Super Heroes My First Dictionary, featuring all your favorite DC heroes drawn by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (PBHN)! I don't have much else to say about it, other than, judging from these sample pages, it's simply a gorgeous book--go and buy it. And remember, A is for Aquaman and M is for Mera!

By the way (okay, I guess I do have something to say)--I find it interesting that companies that license DC characters for their products are still mostly using JLGL's stock art, which is almost thirty years old at this point. Why isn't there an out-of-New-52-continuity book drawn by this man?

(h/t: F.O.A.M.er Ilke Hincer)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1096


The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 101

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 101 - Aquaman #34/Fury of Firestorm (Classic) #14

This week Fire-Shag and I talk about our favorite heroes! Aquaman and Chimera finally throw down! The big conclusion we've all been waiting for in AQUAMAN #34 by Jeff Parker, Carlos Rodriguez, Bit, and Rain Beredo. Plus, Professor Martin Stein takes center stage as the Enforcer attacks in THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #14 (July 1983) by Gerry Conway, Pat Broderick, Rodin Rodriguez, Gene D’Angelo, and Adam Kubert!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

World's Finest Comics #137 - Dec. 1963

Comics Weekend "The Day Aquaman Lost His Powers" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Another BIG Aquaman adventure on tap...
Aqualad tells Aquaman to relax, he'll go and retrieve the urn. But when he returns to the scene, he finds the urn gone. Gulp, what now?

Aqualad then heads to the surface, finding the crooks' boat. After accidentally making his presence known, the crooks prepare to open fire, forcing Aqualad to bid a hasty retreat. Luckily, he covers his escape via an attack by some finny friends, who swim out of the water, distracting the bad guys. But Aqualad still has to find some way of getting the urn:
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

Despite being nine pages, this story is stuffed to the gills with action--as if the original script was for an even longer story, and Ramona Fradon had to cram as much in as possible. Check out the first few pages, the word balloons are bursting out of the panel borders, and Aquaman's figure looks ready to do the same.

Also, I know it's a little but goofy, but--I cannot get enough of Aquaman flying through the air on the backs of a bunch of sea eagles. It just looks so cool and exciting. Hawkman, eat your heart out!

Next week: The final Adventure Sunday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4 - Nov. 2014

Comics Weekend "Tiny Titans" by Art Baltazar and Franco.

Aquaman is a busy man these days. Not only does he headline two monthly titles, he shows up (occasionally) in Justice League, plus in the last month he guest-starred in Scooby-Doo Team-Up, got his own Futures End one-shot, and still had time to hang out with the Tiny Titans!

This issue opens with Robin, who has heard of a new treehouse for his Titans pals in...Atlantis! Lagoon Boy leads the way, and in short order they meet up with Aqualad to join in one the fun:
Up on the surface, Beast Boy and Miss Martian, not knowing where their pals went, head out to find them. Back down below, it's not all just giggle and good times, because Black Manta is on the loose! Luckily, the King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman, is on the case:
...The Tiny Titans find their way to the treehouse, only to discover it takes so long to get to, they all have to get home for dinner now!

My only real comment about this book is, I could look at Art Baltazar's version of Aquaman all day.

If you're not buying Tiny Titans, you should be. Even if you don't have any kids in your life, buy it because A)It's great, B)It's a nice tonic to all the doom-and-gloom so prevalent in the New 52, and C)You can donate the comics to a local hospital, school, or library. Books like this are how we create a new generation of comics fans, like the previous generations did for us. Do it for Aqua-Cow!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1095


Aquaman Art Gallery: Jonathan Reincke

This super-adorable Aquaman custom is by artist Jonathan Reincke, who posted it on his Twitter feed. It looks to me like Aquaman is signing a song to his finny friends. "Under the Sea", perhaps? Great stuff!

(h/t: F.O.A.M.er Mark Belkin)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1094


Cosplay: Mera

This striking photo is of cosplayer Adam West (no, not that one) dressed as a spot-on Mera while breastfeeding her daughter, who was also cosplaying (as Princess Leia). There's a whole bunch of hugger-mugger going on about breastfeeding in public, and this photo ended up on the website She Knows for an article tackling the subject.

There are/were very, very few superhero Moms in comics. And while I'm perfectly happy there is no Aqua-Baby in the New 52 continuity, there probably wasn't enough story attention paid to Mera when she was a mom, since it was such a unique position in comics, then or now.

Thanks for sharing the photo Adam!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1093


Wizard World Richmond 2014


: Wizard World Richmond (http://www.wizardworld.com/home-richmond.html)

Location: Richmond, VA

Dates: September 12-14, 2014

Venue: Greater Richmond Convention Center

Price: $40-$225 depending on the ticket type

Years: This was the first year

Size: Approximately 200,000 square feet - attendance not yet announced
Guests: Approximately 20 film and television guests and more than a dozen comic industry guests.

Overview: Richmond is a new addition to the many locations of Wizard World conventions. For an inaugural event, the convention attracted a good turnout of celebrities and comic creators. In addition to the large exhibit hall used for the vendors and guests, the convention featured several small rooms for programming and a huge ballroom for main events.

The expertise of the Wizard World staff was apparent as lines for celebrity autographs were well managed. Photo ops with the celebrities were so efficient that your printed photo would be waiting for you 40 seconds after the photo was taken. Yes, that is right, they were measuring that wait time in seconds.

The lineup of celebrity guests was changing almost daily right up to the start of the convention. This caused some minor disappointments for some attendees who purchased advanced tickets only to have the guests they wanted to see the most cancel.  However, that is the nature of these types of events as any experienced con goer knows. In the end, the final guest lineup was strong with fan favorites Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman, Dean Cain, Manu Bennett, Ernie Hudson, Lou Ferrigno, Adam West, Burt Ward, and others.

Comic industry guests included Neal Adams, Kevin Maguire, Ethan Van Sciver, and others with lots of prints and commissions available. Discussion panels included comic writing and the three act structure, the origins of modern comics, and the art of Saturday morning cartoons.

Cosplay was great for a first-year convention. Batman and his rogues gallery were well represented including variations based on the 1960s TV series. I'm sure many great photos were taken during the weekend of those cosplayers with Adam West and Burt Ward. In addition to Batman, DC was well represented by multiple Superman and Wonder Woman cosplayers and there was a fantastic "Aquawoman" in attendance. Not to be outdone, Marvel cosplayers were ubiquitous. It was impossible to look around without seeing Spiderman, Captain America, Thor, Loki, and the various agents of SHIELD.

It was a great first year for Wizard World Richmond and advance tickets sales must have been strong as dates for the 2015 convention have already been announced. It was a fun event and definitely worth attending.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1092


Coming Up in Aquaman: December 2014

All coming in December!

Bootleg Lego Aqualad

Courtesy F.O.A.M.er Eric Stettmeier is this pic of a bootleg Aqualad Lego mini figurine, made in Japan by the company known as ShengYuan. This nifty little guy is part of a whole set of Teen Titans mini-figs, go check them out over on Eric's blog Toyriffic. Thanks Eric!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Aquaman vs. The Great White Shark Returns!

sgSome Aqua-News from our friends over at 13thDimension.com--Figures Toy Company is bringing back one of those most valuable Mego toys ever, the Aquaman vs. The Great White Shark playset!

It probably won't retail for $12.95, like it originally did--but it also won't cost 14 grand, either.

Thanks to 13D's Dan Greenfield for the tip!

Random Panel of the Day #1091


Who's Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, Volume XXII

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume XXII

This time around we chat about WHO'S WHO: Volume XXII, discussing characters such as the Golden Age Superman, the Silver Age Superman, the Modern Age Superman, Supergirl, Swamp Thing, Starman, Star Sapphire, and more! We wrap up the show with Listener Feedback!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

World's Finest Comics #135 - Aug. 1963

Comics Weekend "The Creatures That Conquered Aquaman" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

As the (quite nifty) cover promises, this is a BIG Aquaman adventure!
Aqualad realizes Aquaman will die if he's stuck in that alien cage for more than an hour. At that moment, he hears the alien baddies say that if they keep the power bands on continuously, it will prevent them from resuming their real identities. He realizes this is the break he was looking for, and has some finny friends storm the beach.

As they distract the aliens, Aqualad sneaks in via some sea eagles and snaps up the fourth power band:
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

After missing last issue of World's Finest thanks to an extra-long Green Arrow segment, Ollie returns the favor here by stepping aside so the Aquaman feature can be a few pages longer. Funnily enough, this story feels padded to me, at least near the end--maybe it's just because previous Aquaman stories move so fast and cram in so much in just a few panels that having any extra space seems luxurious!

DC would continue with this one on/one off format with Green Arrow for the next several months, culminating with Aquaman's final appearance in World's Finest and our final Adventure Sunday in just two weeks!

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