Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy Aqua-Birthday Steve Skeates!

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The Aquaman Shrine wishes Steve Skeates a Happy Birthday!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Batman and Robin #38 - March 2015

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Comics Wednesday "Superpower - Fly Robin Fly" by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, and John Kalisz.

Robin takes a quick trip to Atlantis and meet with Aquaman in the newest issue of Batman and Robin:

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You can't go wrong with Aquaman being drawn by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray. And I love the dolphin taxi service!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis ON SALE NOW!

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Make sure you pick up a copy of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which is on sale now! Aqua-Fans, this is our moment!





Monday, January 26, 2015

Karl Urban as Ocean Master?

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Rumors are flying that Star Trek's Karl Urban will be playing Orm/Ocean Master in the 2018 Aquaman film. Here are the erstwhile undersea brothers posing together, it looks like they're getting along for now!

This same rumor mill is also saying that 300: Rise of an Empire director Noam Murro is being strongly considered for the director's chair, with Mud's Jeff Nichols still being mentioned as well.


The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 114

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The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

This week we flip the script, with me being joined by special guest Max Romero to discuss one of our all-time favorite characters, that stretchable sleuth, Plastic Man!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy Aqua-Birthday Geoff Johns!

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The Aquaman Shrine wishes Geoff Johns a Happy Birthday!


Aquaman Episode 15 - The Satanic Saturnians

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Aquaman Episode 15: "The Satanic Saturnians" by Oscar Bensol

Yet another group of aliens have arrived on Earth with plans to conquer. They are from the planet Saturn, and have faces only a mother could love:
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Their first attack involved lowering a ring into the water, which heats up everything around it, causing the polar ice caps to melt (FoxNews reports it's not happening, however). Aquaman and Aqualad get involved, and snap the wires holding the ring. As the Saturnians pull the frayed wires up, Tusky bites onto one of them, and he is dragged onto their ship.

The Saturnians then try another attack, sending troops into individual ships to attack. Unbeknownst to them, Tusky has hidden inside one of the ships, and takes off with the rest of them. The Saturnians then aim a "hard light" ray at Aquaman, trapping him and rendering him immobile. Tusky fires at the rings, causing them to dissipate, which allows Aquaman to attack and leaves the Saturnian high command in a confused, quaking fury:
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Aquaman and Aqualad climb aboard some whales and attack the main ship, causing much destruction inside. The Saturnians decide they've had enough, and tuck their rings between their legs and run. As we watch Aquaman and Aqualad chuckle at their defeated foes, we have reached...The End!


Tusky gets a lot to do this episode, going so far as to saving Aquaman. The Saturnians were a particularly feeble group of bad guys, so I guess it didn't take much more than the animal sidekick to do them in. On a side note, who knew our immediately solar system was so overloaded with malevolent residents? Considering how (relatively) local the Staurnians are, if I was Aquaman I would have asked my Filmation pal Green Lantern to, um, "take care of them" while they were on their way back.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cover to Cover: Adventure Comics #495

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This installment of Cover to Cover features another from Adventure Comics' final lap as a digest series, where it reprinted the classic Skeates/Aparo/Giordano run, in order, the only time DC has ever done so.

The back cover is by Keith Giffen and Romeo Tanghal, and this time around Giffen thought why not just recreate the classic Nick Cardy cover from the issue being reprinted, Aquaman #44:
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Friday, January 23, 2015

DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels 2015

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Check out Francis Manapul's delightful cover to the DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Noels and Chronology 2015 giveaway, which is available on January 28. Can't quite tell what comic book Aquaman is reading, anyone have a guess?


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





Thursday, January 22, 2015

Neal Adams Evian Water Sketch

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Comics legend Neal Adams posted this sketch on Amazon last week, of Aquaman pitching Evian Water. What the what? Did this campaign ever see the light of day?


(h/t: Newest F.O.A.M.er Neal Patterson)






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Super Amigos Sticker Album

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Check out this nifty sticker album cover from Venezuela, circa 1982. Clearly based upon the work of Jose Luis Garcia Lopez (PBHN), but whoever was doing the tracing went a little afield here and there. Still, pretty nifty!


(h/t: WonderWomanCollectors.com)



Monday, January 19, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 113

sgTHE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: Episode 113
The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 113 - Blue Devil

This week Shag and special guest Diablo Frank discuss one of their favorite characters, Blue Devil, with an in-depth look at his first appearance in the free preview from THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #24!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aquaman Episode 14 - Treacherous is the Torpedoman

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Aquaman Episode 14: "Treacherous is the Torpedoman" by Bob Haney

Aquaman, Aqualad, and Tusky come upon the wrecked hull of a boat, not knowing that waiting inside is an old foe(?) of Aquaman's, The Torpedoman!
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Torpedoman makes a frontal assault (considering his name and powers, that's really the only kind he can make), and Aquaman and Aqualad counter by lassoing him with some seaweed. He escapes by by transmogrifying into an anchor and dropping himself onto our heroes, who escape in the nick of time.

The Torpedoman then activates an electronic grid installed in the "wrecked" ship, followed by an attack that he hopes will drive Aquaman and Aqulad into it. But luckily they duck out of the way, and the Torpedoman helplessly flies into it. As he screams in pain, Aquaman shows mercy and has some of his finny friends help pry him loose:
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Aquaman's generosity is met with treachery, as the Torpedoman drumps a net onto his enemies. He then dives below the ship, causing it to come loose from the cliff it so precariously sits on. As the ship starts to tumble, Aquaman calls an octopus pal to free them from the net. They escape just as the ship falls, which Aqualad surmises took The Torpedoman with it. Aquaman isn't so sure, thinking they'll run into him again someday. The End!


As we all know, Bob Haney played fast and loose with continuity in the comics, and he does that here too--The Torpedoman refers to Aquaman as his "old enemy" even though we've never seen him before, either in the comics or on this show. As villains go, Torpedoman is particularly incompetent, getting caught in his own deathtrap twice in less than eight minutes. He probably eventually gave up the supervillain game and decided to rent himself out as a freelance anchor. Call 1-800-Tor-Pedo!


Post Script: As F.O.A.M.er Joseph Brian Scott mentions in the comments, The Torpedoman is most likely the animated version of the character that appeared in Aquaman #36, alongside fellow baddies Claw and Magneto. He's probably right, especially since that comic was published only a few months before this episode was produced. Given how limited time and money was for these shows, Filmation would have only had room to animate one villain, so Torpedoman got the nod. Good call JBS!



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis was released On Demand this week, and while the Shrine had originally planned to wait for the DVD release on the 26th, I bailed on that plan the minute the thing actually became available.


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Before we proceed any further, be advised that there are no spoilers here. In fact, we're not going to get into the plot at all. 

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, directed by Ethan Spaulding, written by Heath Corson, and starring Matt Lanter as Aquaman and Sumalee Montano as Mera, tells its own unique version of the story we all know. Everyone from the comics story is here (except for one member of the Aqua-Family), but the players have all been rearranged into a unique continuity. As much as I enjoyed the "Throne of Atlantis" storyline, it was exciting knowing this movie could pretty much go anywhere and do anything, not being tied to the source material.

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Matt Lanter does a fine job as the voice of Aquaman, handling some tricky character shifts that are endemic when you're trying to tell a story this big in such a small space (Throne of Atlantis runs a scant 72 minutes). Harry Lennix as Black Manta gets a solid laugh line (how many times do you get to say that), with Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern getting the lion's share of the gags. The delightful Sirena Irwin, who played Mera on Batman: Brave and the Bold, returns to the Aqua-fold, this time Aquaman's mother Atlanna.

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There have been some complaints from reviewers already that Aquaman does not get enough to do in Throne of Atlantis. And while the action beats are a bit more evenly distributed here than in the comics, I figured that was going to happen going in, since the title of the movie was Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, not Aquaman: Throne of AtlantisAnd while of course I would have loved to have seen Aquaman wall to wall, the story is still very much about him and his world. If anything, Mera takes a larger role, making for fine moments between DC Comics' preeminent power couple.

After starting out in his typical Angry Young Man persona, screenwriter Corson manages to lighten things up by getting Aquaman to accept his royal destiny and managing to have some fun with it. Balance that with some solid fight scenes between the Sea King and Ocean Master, Black Manta, and The Trench, Throne of Atlantis just whetted my appetite for a full-on Aquaman animated movie!

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After being almost completely ignored in DC's animated movie efforts, it's wonderful to see Aquaman and his supporting cast take center stage in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. He deserves it, and this is his chance to show his corporate overlords that he can carry a movie and people will like it and, just as importantly, buy it. So if you're an Aquaman fan (and I assume you are, why else are you here?), go out and purchase the movie On Demand or pick up a hard copy on the 26th. That's the only way we'll see more animated Aquaman!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Super-Team Family #999

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Everyone loves the Super-Team Family blog and its inventive cover mash-ups. Aquaman shows up pretty regularly, and last week it was his turn again, this time appearing with the Man Without Fear, Daredevil!

Bonus: Learn how this cover was put together via a step-by-step tutorial, on occasion of the Super-Team Family's 1000th issue!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Convergence: Aquaman #1 Solicit

Here's Becky Cloonan's beautiful cover to Convergence: Aquaman #1, on sale April 15! Just who is the Sea King standing up to?


Aquaman #40 Solicit

Here's the smash-o-riffic cover to Aquaman #40 by Jeff Parker, Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope and Sean Parsons, which is on sale March 25!




TBT: DC Super Heroes - "Prisoner of the Stars"

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With General Mills back in the comics business (sort of), I thought it was the perfect time to take a look back at another DC comic given away as a premium in GM brand cereals--namely, the 1979 "Prisoner of the Stars" mini-comic!

This book was part of a four-book series; Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman each got their own, with Aquaman (*sigh*) only making an appearance in this group book.

I had never read this comic before, so of course I was excited to finally see it (I get that way about any Aquaman comic)--that was, until I read it. I've decided to post the whole book without comment, so I'll join you after page sixteen:

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Sadly, this is the kind of comic book that really helped cement in kids' minds that Aquaman was pretty useless as a superhero. He's in this story just as a hostage; after page five he's basically an Aqua-cicle. To make matters worse, since this was part of a mass-merchandising tie-in, these General Mills comics were probably more widely read than any regular DC comic of the time, thereby reaching a lot more kids than, say, Adventure Comics ever did.

Also--why are the Super Friends planning to let Xisis go the next day? He did try and kidnap (and transport across planetary lines) a superhero, for Neptune's sake--you'd think that earns him a bit more of a punishment than being stuck in the Metropolis Zoo for a day. "Aw, come on, Aquaman, lighten up--he didn't do anything that bad!"


I don't know who produced this comic; though the cover is clearly by go-to guy Ross Andru. Can any of the regular Shrine readers who actually toiled at DC around this time clue us in?



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This post originally appeared on October 27, 2011.


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