Friday, May 29, 2015

Aquaman Art Gallery: Zac Diamanti


Fun Aquaman portrait by newest F.O.A.M.er Zac Diamanti. Warning: do not stare at this if you suffer from motion sickness!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

JLA Plate by Glenn Orbik


During the heyday of the Warner Bros. mall stores, there was tons of merch produced with Aquaman on it, some of which I'm still discovering to this day. Case in point, this collector's plate of the then-JLA by legendary painter Glen Orbik (who unexpected passed away earlier this month). A really nice piece, but how is Batman doing what he's doing, exactly?


(h/t: Wonder Woman Collectors)


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Aquaman and Mera by Ramona Fradon


Check out this beautiful pas de deux of our favorite superhero couple, drawn by Ramona Fradon and inked (via blue line) by Drew Geraci. Arthur and Mera look very happy here, as it should be!


Monday, May 25, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 127

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Episode 127 - Sci-Fi TV of the 1970s and 80s

Shag and I welcome guest Gene Hendricks (THE HAMMER PODCASTS) to discuss some of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) sci-fi TV shows of the 1970s and 1980s! Shazbot!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Aquaman Episode 32 - The War of the Quatix and the Bimphars

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Aquaman Episode 32 - "The War of the Quatix and the Bimphars" by Dennis Marks

Aquaman and Aqualad are attending a meeting with the U.S. Government, where they are shown a newly discovered planet, Q344. There are signs of life on this entirely aquatic planet, so they ask the Marine Marvel to investigate and engage. Aquaman agrees, asking when they are scheduled to leave. The general replies, "Right now!"

Aquaman, Aqualad, and Tusky(?) board a water-filled rocket, and a few hours later land on the planet. They find that this strange planet is filled with innocuous-looking, but dangerous, life--from menacing fauna to a race of lizard-like creatures who take them prisoner!
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This race of creatures, known as The Quatix, insist that Aquaman and Aqualad are spies for The Bimphars, another race living on the planet. Aquaman tries to explain the truth, but the Quatix won't listen. Just as they are about to be attacked by a giant squid, Aquaman bends the bars of their cage and they escape.

They then are attacked by The Bimphars, and Aqualad is kidnapped. Aquaman is knocked out, something The Quatix deduce means that the enemy of their enemy is their friend. The leader of the Bimphars tells Aqualad that they are going to wage war with The Quatix, and he must help them win! Meanwhile, the same demands are made on Aquaman by The Quatix!

Small armies of both sides approach each other, ready for battle, led by Aquaman and Aqualad. At the last moment, our heroes grab the leaders of each race and stick them in the tentacles of the giant squid!:
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Aquaman threatens them both, saying he has commanded the squid to destroy whatever side makes war, thereby forcing the two races to make peace. The Bimphar and Quatix leaders vow to do just that, and Aquaman, Aqualad, and Tusky head for home. The End!


This is one of my favorite episodes, partly because it shakes things up from the usual "bad guy attacks" plot, and because it moves at a such a crazy, breakneck pace. The U.S. Army had a rocket out on the pad, full of fuel and ready to launch, what would they have done if Aquaman had said no? Call the Teen Titans?

This episode's title calls the orange guys "The Bimphars", but in the show they are called "The Bimphabs." Maybe it's a regional thing.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Convergence: Justice League of America #2

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Comics Weekend "Heroes Interrupted Part 2" by Fabian Nicieza, Chriscross, and Snakebite.

The alt-dimension Secret Six attacks Gotham City, and unfortunately Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna have been forcibly removed from the action:


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This leaves it up to Elongated Man and the four new, inexperienced JLAers to stop these new bad guys. Not only are they outclassed, powers-wise, but they don't even believe they deserve to be called superheroes, much less members of the Justice League of America. Ralph, always one of the old team's members most proud of his inclusion, finds he has to step up and lead these men and women and give them the confidence they need to do the job.


Ralph's Kooky Quartet holds off the Secret Six just long enough for Arthur, J'onn, and Zee to return from their other-dimension prison and use a combined assault to end the fight:

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The local media wants to talk to...not team leader Aquaman, but Elongated Man, who fought so bravely. Ralph states that, as always, he's proud to be a member of the Justice League of America!

Obviously I was more than a little disappointed that Aquaman is entirely removed from the fight and the book for eighteen of its twenty-one pages, especially when he looks so cool as drawn by Chriscross. That said, the character stuff between Ralph and the others is pretty good, and considering the hell DC has put the Dibneys through over the last decade, I'm happy to see them get a chance to shine.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Aquaman Tech Deck


F.O.A.M.
er Christopher Chance sent this in, and I really have no idea what it is. I could Google it and find out of course, but I've led a fairly satisfying life to this point not knowing, so I don't see the need to change that. Thanks Chris!





Thursday, May 21, 2015

Missed Opportunity: Super Friends Pencil Cup


What do Brazilian merchandisers have against Aquaman? They actually had to go out of their way to remove Aquaman from this Super Friends logo before slapping it on this metal pencil cup. I mean, the standard SF logo comes with all five characters, why does a four-character version even exist?!?

One (small) bonus: Superman has yellow piping on his boots, a detail most colorists didn't bother with but I always enjoyed. Doesn't make up for the anti-Aquaman bias, however. Que diabos!


(h/t: Wonder Woman Collectors)


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Super Powers T-Shirt


Here's a new t-shirt available in stores--the Super Power Sausage Party!

What the heck is with whoever put this together? Would Wonder Woman on this thing really have been so bad? Are people really clamoring for 70s-era General Zod on their shirts?!? At least Aquaman gets the front row, but still--where are the chicks?


Monday, May 18, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 126

sgTHE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: Episode 126
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Episode 126 - Live Action: Avengers/ Supergirl/ Firestorm

Shag and I discuss AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, the new SUPERGIRL show, Firestorm on THE FLASH, and DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Aquaman Episode 31 - The Programmed For Destruction

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Aquaman Episode 31 - "The Programmed For Destruction" by Dennis Marks

My favorite Guns N' Roses album!


On a remote island, The Brain (oh great, him again) is working on yet another plan to destroy Aquaman. This time it involves building a computer that has every known fact about the Sea King, so when it is asked how to kill him, it spits out a perfect plan!

In this case, the plan is to create a "buoyancy ray" that will force Aquaman to float to the surface. Such a ray comes from certain crystals buried in the sea floor, so the Brain orders his men to head to a particularly mineral-rich part of the ocean.
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Aquaman and Aqualad get wind of this, and engage the Brain's mini-henchmen. One of them zaps Aqualad with a freeze ray, rendering him immobile. Aquaman gets hit with it too, but they get free thanks to some high frequency soundwaves emitted by some dolphin pals.

Meanwhile, the Brain has distilled enough of the crystals' energy to be used for the buoyancy ray. They aim it at Aqualad and some finny friends, causing them all to head to the surface! Aquaman heads into a nearby cave, marshalling the help of weird fish he calls "cyclops." When the Brain hits Aqualad with the buoyancy ray, it opens its mouth revealing one giant glass eye! The beam is directed back at the Brain's ship, causing it to rise:
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Aquaman then sneaks aboard, reversing the beam's polarity, allowing Aqualad and the rest to return to the deep. The Brain's ship is smashed by a whale with Aquaman atop, meaning the threat is over...for now.


Oh Brain, when will you ever learn? There are numerous shots of his henchmen standing around, just sort of looking at each other. Of course that was Filmation's way of filling some time without having to create new animation, but I tend to think it was the little Brain guys muttering to each other what a feeb their boss is.




Saturday, May 16, 2015

Convergence: Aquaman #2

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Comics Weekend "Deathblow" by Tony Bedard, Cliff Richards, and John Rauch.

Aquaman's fight against Deathblow continues:

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This was extremely violent issue, even by modern superhero comic book standards, ending as it does with Aquaman caked in Deathblow's blood. I guess this Convergence iteration of the Sea King follows the storytelling rule about, if you bring in a hook hand in the first act, you have to use it by the third.

Love the Becky Cloonan covers for this series, I would really like to see more of her work on Aquaman. Two covers ain't enough!


Friday, May 15, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Aquaman #41 Sneak Preview


You can check out ten pages of Aquaman #41 by Cullen Bunn and Trevor McCarthy, available over on DCComics.com now. I can't speak to the story just yet, because this is just a sample. But on the art front, I feel I can safely say that Aquaman once again is the recipient of some truly superb comic book artistry. From Ivan Reis & Prado to Paul Pelletier & Sean Parsons to Trevor McCarthy, this New 52 Aquaman is really on a roll!


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

International Cover: Greece

Submitted via our FB page, here's a Greek edition of DC Comics Presents #5! All hail Akoyaman!

This seems to be issue #48 of this series, which, ironically enough, also guest-starred Aquaman over in the United States.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Aquaman vs. The Great White Shark Playset

Would you love to own the Aquaman vs. Great White Shark playset but don't happen to have an extra ten grand lying around? Figures Toy Company has you covered with this new edition of the set, along with a similarly Mego-scaled BatCave playset!

I never had the GWS set (I doubt I ever saw it, because I'm sure if I had I would have nagged my parents until they caved), but man did I have a lot fun adventures with the Mego BatCave. I tried to get my coworkers interested, but none of them ever wanted to be Penguin. What a bunch of stick-in-the-muds.





Monday, May 11, 2015

Aquaman: The Cast of the Angler


A few months ago there was a rash of articles all about this fan-made Aquaman movie produced in the 1980s by some enterprising uber-fans. Anyone who was an Aquaman fan had already seen this movie in the early days of teh internets, so I pretty much ignored all the articles. In fact, I was sure that the Shrine had covered it in the first year or so of its existence.

Then I went and looked for that post, and couldn't find it! Did I really never cover this? Apparently I didn't, so, better late than never, here's Aquaman: The Cast of the Angler:



Here's some background info on the movie. Let's hope Zack Snyder hires them as consultants on the 2018 Aquaman movie (along with me, of course).


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Aquaman Episode 30 - The Vicious Villainy of Vassa

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Aquaman Episode 30 - "The Vicious Villainy of Vassa" by Oscar Bensol

The villainous Vassa is back, with a new plan: using a series of laser drills to burrow into the sea floor. The plan? To attack Atlantis from underneath! Vassa did fracking way before it was cool.
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Meanwhile, the Aqua-Team ("and Mera", the narrator adds) is in Atlantis, talking to its Minister of Defense. A new alarm system has been put in, alerting the citizens of trouble. And it's going off now!

Suddenly, several geysers of water spring up in the middle of the city, spewing gallons of water into the air. Aquaman and Aqualad head off to investigate, and are met by some of Vassa's Mer-Men. Back in Atlantis, the water level rises, so Mera heads out to see if she can help. She is spotted by Vassa and kidnapped via a water vortex:
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Aquaman and Aqualad make short work of the Mer-Men, but then the Sea King finds himself about to be zapped by one of Vassa's laser cannons. Mera frees herself from her Mer-Man captor long enough to redirect the beam, saving Aquaman's life!

He then swims aboard Vassa's ship, and starts cracking Mer-Men skulls. He then orders some giant mantas to cover the holes in Atlantis' floor, stopping the water from rising. Vassa and her henchmen are then put to work, pumping out the water. The End!


This episode has some fun, relatively "new" stuff to look at: the background paintings of Atlantean architecture, plus Mera plays a larger role than usual. And I could watch Aquaman bonk Mer-Men heads together all day!



Saturday, May 09, 2015

Convergence: Justice League #2

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Comics Weekend "Convergence" by Frank Tieri, Vicente Cifuentes, and Monica Kubina.

Jade, Zatanna, Supergirl, and Jesse Quick head down to Atlantis to rescue Mera, who has been kidnapped by Flashpoint Aquaman. At one point Jade thinks that's who she is fighting, but it turns out to be Ocean Master in disguise. So where's Aquaman?

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Eventually Aquaman and Supergirl square off, leading to the Girl of Steel about to be skewered by a Kryptonite-tipped trident. Luckily for her, Mera steps in and manages to fool Arthur with her feminine wiles. It also helps that Flashpoint Aquaman is apparently dumber than a bag of rocks.

This issue--and series--ends on a sad(?) note, with Aquaman sitting on his throne, about to die. Comics are fun!


Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 125

sgTHE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: Episode 125
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Episode 125 - Gerry Conway Interview on Creator Equity

Comics legend Gerry Conway joins Shag and me to discuss his current concerns with DC Comics over "Creator Equity" for THE FLASH TV series, and a host of other topics. Part of the massive "Conway's Corner Crossover" podcasting event! #ConwayXover

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Game of Thrones Aquaman at C2E2


F.O.A.M.er Erik Henrickson attended the 2015 C2E2 con as, as he calls it, "Game of Thrones Aquaman" and posed with some other Aqua-Fans, as these photos show. Nice job Erik!


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