Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jason Momoa, Aquaman Collector

Over the weekend, Jason Momoa posed for this picture, doing some "research."

The Aquaman Shrine hopes that Mr. Momoa draws from the many, many different eras of the Sea King while preparing for his historic role. In that spirit, here are some alternates to inspire further reading:



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1117


Aquaman DIY Halloween Costume

Want to learn how to make a kick-bass Aquaman costume for Halloween that won't cost a fortune? Check out this article over on Carbon Costume that shows you how!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1116


The Power Records Podcast, Episode 7: More Monsters!

sgThe Fire and Water Podcast Presents: THE POWER RECORDS PODCAST, Episode 7

It's Halloween time, and that means Monsters!  Chris Franklin and I talk about two spooky Marvel Monster records, "The Monster of Frankenstein!" and "The Curse of the Werewolf!"

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Aquaman Episode 1: Menace of the Black Manta

Aquaman Episode 1: "Menace of the Black Manta" by Bob Haney

Welcome to our new Sunday feature, Saturday Morning Sundays, where we will take a look back the Aquaman animated series by Filmation, which ran from 1968-1969, as part of the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure!

This first episode kicks off with Aquaman's (then, and arguably still) #1 foe, Black Manta, skimming the bottom of the seas in his fearsome Manta Ship:
Manta spies on our heroes, Aquaman, Aqualad, Mera, and Tusky the Walrus, as plans his attack. Having attached an antenna to a nearby whale, Manta emits a transmission, causing the whale to go wild! Aquaman's finny friends try to warn him of danger, and they go an investigate.

Aquaman tries to calm the whale down, to no effect. After Mera is knocked off her steed into the mouth of a giant clam, Aquaman orders a hammerhead shark to smash the antenna on Manta's ship, breaking the transmission and calming the whale down. Next, Manta sends out a small band of his really creepy-looking Manta Men.

Aquaman and Aqualad fight them off, but Manta keeps attacking: using various powerful beams of energy, Manta has different sea creatures grow out of control in size and become deadly. They free themselves, only to see that Manta has spun a large net of coral with which to trap nearby ships. Aquaman again uses his telepathic powers to have some swordfish cut the net loose.

Aquaman and Aqualad then use the coral to trap the Manta Men. Black Manta follows our heroes into a canyon, where his ship gets caught between to cliffs. Now it's time for Aquaman and Black Manta to fight mano-a-mano:
After a brief fight, Manta falls into a nearby whirlpool. Aqualad thinks he's gone forever, but Aquaman is none too sure. After freeing the still-trapped Mera, who has to play catch up, we have reached...The End!

This first episode of the series--written by then-Aquaman scribe Bob Haney--establishes the necessary template that Filmation would follow for the remaining episodes. At only seven minutes each, there's virtually no time for set-up or characterization (not that there would have been even if there had been time): a villain appears, attacks Aquaman, there's some initial setbacks, and then the heroes triumph in the end. Filmation's visual imagination is on full display here, with the really cool Manta Men and bright, dazzling colors. 

This show aired in tandem with Super Friends way back in the early 1970s, and it was my first true introduction to the character. And what an introduction! Aquaman (voiced by Marvin Miller) is the epitome of a can-do hero: never flustered, brave, powerful, and kind to his sidekick Aqualad, steed Storm, and partner/wife Mera (though here on the show she seems more of an equal to Aqualad, and no relationship between the two is ever suggested). Aquaman the series is essentially the Haney/Cardy era of the Aquaman comic book brought to life.

For some reason, despite the Shrine being eight years old, I never did quite get around to covering the show in detail. So when Adventure Sundays started winding down and I wanted something equally fun and light-hearted to replace it, I realized than an episode-by-episode look at the show that kicked off my Aqua-Fandom would fit the bill. I hope you all enjoy and let the Shrine know what you thought of the show!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Justice League #35 - Dec. 2014

"The Amazo Virus" by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, and more.

This issue of Justice League opens with the newly-reformed (yeah, right) Lex Luthor talking about how to make the world a better place, and taking inspiration from its heroes:
Of course, all this good cheer from Luthor doesn't fool the Justice League, who are on patrol across the city, both in their civilian identities and (in Aquaman's case) right out in the open. As Bruce Wayne and Lex engage in a tense conversation, Aquaman spots a mysterious figure on a rooftop. The figure jumps, landing on the LexCorp building, and it's revealed to be the supervillain Neutron, who has been hired--blackmailed--for this mission: kill Lex Luthor!

As The Flash and Cyborg help evacuate the building, the Sea King steps in--er, drops in:
Neutron blasts through a wall, leaving Lex looking ashen. Bruce wants to know what's happened, but we see what it is: the "Amazo Virus" is loose! To be continued!

I totally dug Aquaman standing on a rooftop, making like Batman, guarding over the city, trident in hand. Geoff Johns' love of the Sea King shines through in moments like this, where he is able to place Aquaman in situations other writers would not, because he doesn't see him as so tethered to bodies of water (though we get that too). And then to get that full page shot of him taking it to Neutron? Outrageous!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

"According to The Aquaman Shrine..."

Always fun when the Shrine gets quoted like we're an actual news outlet!

(via Shrine Correspondent Darrin Sutherland)

Random Panel of the Day #1114


Justice League: Throne of Atlantis DVD/Blu-Ray Sleeve

Here's the official DVD/Blu-Ray sleeve of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which hits stores on January 27, 2015. On the sidebar you'll see an Amazon link--go ahead and pre-order it, Aqua-Fans!

Lego: Batman Be-Leaguered!

Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered debuts on Cartoon Network October 27th! And as you can see, Aquaman is along for the (blocky) ride!

Here's the trailer, full of JLA goodness:

(h/t: Andy Kapellusch)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So It's Official Then: AQUAMAN in 2018

It's a good--great--time to be an Aquaman fan, and it will continue to be for the the next four years.

Random Panel of the Day #1113


Aquaman @ The 2014 New York Comic Con

Aww, Li'l Aquaman needs a nap! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1112


Batman #35 - Dec. 2014

Aquaman and the rest of the Justice League guest-appeared in Batman #35, out last week!

In "Endgame, Part 1" by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and Danny Miki, we have jumped a little while into the future and Batman has made an enemy of the GCPD. This story apparently follows events we haven't seen yet, so if you're confused, join the Bat-Club! Anyway, the Justice League is out for Bruce's hide, and they each attack him. First Wonder Woman, then Flash, then...
We won't reveal who is behind this sudden change of heart among the League, because it's nothing to joker about. On a different note--am I crazy, or has artist Greg Capullo used Benedict "Sherlock" Cumberbatch as his face model for the Sea King?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Random Panel of the Day #1111


Aquaman #35 On Sale 10/22!

Here's the dressed cover to Aquaman #35, which hits the stands on October 22! It's the first installment of a new storyline, "Maelstrom"!

By the way, today is the Aquaman Shrine's 8th Anniversary! We're happy to report that this is the best, most exciting time the Sea King has ever had since we started, and we're looking forward to even better things by year nine!

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


This time around we chat about WHO'S WHO: Volume XXIII, discussing characters such as Tarantula, The Teen Titans, Tellus, Terminator, Timber Wolf, and more! We wrap up the show with Listener Feedback!

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Cover

Our first look at the cover to Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, seen at the 2014 New York Comic Con. Can't argue with the figure placement, that's for sure!

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12 - Nov. 2014

Comics Weekend "A (Super) Friend In Need Part 2" by Sholly Fisch, Dario Brizuela, and Franco Riesco.

At the end of last issue, a band of ghosts were revealed to be The Legion of Doom. Worse yet, all the Super Friends were zapped into some nether-dimension, leaving just the Scooby Gang to deal with them!

The Gang takes off in all directions, with Velma, Shaggy and Scooby actually outsmarting Bizarro by appealing to his opposite nature: since his fellow villains are his friends, that means he should attack them! Of course!

During the commotion, they head to the kitchen, where the Super Friends have been miniaturized:
Even at their reduced size, the Super Friends manage to bring the pain to the Legion of Doom. Superman and Wonder Woman play some chin music for Solomon Grundy, Batman and Robin trip Scarecrow, and Aquaman leads Gorilla Grodd into the pool room, seemingly playing chicken. But of course:
Sinestro, looking for an easy win, prepares to blast Shaggy and Scooby. But his power ring, attracted to fear, makes a beeline for the biggest source of it in the room: the quivering forms of Shaggy and Scooby! They are turned into Yellow Lanterns, and Shag uses the ring to restore the Super Friends back to regular size. 

That makes the battle even easier, leaving only Luthor who is wielding yet another ultimate weapon. Just at that moment, Supergirl escapes the trap she was in and grabs it, smashing it to bits. The Super Friends then pay compliments to their young friends, and they make a trade:
Re rend!

Oh, why couldn't have Hanna Barbera done this as real episode?!? Writer Sholly Fisch perfectly captures the tones of both shows, keeping the story perfect for wee kids but dropping in bits of DC minutiae that made me smile. Now all we need for this series is a solo team-up between the Scooby Gang and Aquaman!

(Note: The Shrine reviewed the digital edition)

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