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Friday, July 25, 2008


It's time for another installment of Aqua-Mail!

Like I mentioned the first time I did an Aqua-Mail segment, I get sent lots of stuff related to the Sea King.

Some of it is merchandise, but a lot of it is weird little mentions of Aquaman in the culture, which to me only serves to underscore the point of this blog, that Aquaman is quite literally everywhere.

So let's start with three submissions from F.O.A.M. member Tommy, who runs the uber-cool
Bat-Blog site. First are two gag cartoons from the online strip Savage Chickens:
...I don't see Christopher Walken as Aquaman, myself. Maybe if they make a Shade: The Changing Man movie...

Tommy also found this item for sale:
...while I appreciate the, er, enthusiasm for the character that any woman wearing this shirt would have to have, I don't think this is an Officially Licensed Product.

And then there's this, from a link Tommy sent me:
...this AquaSimpson is from the blog Springfield Punx, which features all kinds of characters if they lived in Springfield drawn, by artist Dean Fraser. Absolutely spot-on, I can only hope Matt Groening checks out Dean's site.

Next is another comic strip appearance for Aquaman, this one sent to me by F.O.A.M.er John Lijewski III from the comic strip known as
Evil, Inc.:
...I like the little tow-headed tyke in the last panel.

Aquaman makes yet another online comic strip appearance, this one sent to me by F.O.A.M. member Shag Matthews:
When I see this strip, it makes me think of Aquaman's appearance in that DC Challenge mini-series from the 80s. Am I weird?

F.O.A.M. member Russell Burbage sends me all kinds of fun stuff, and not just for the Aquaman Shrine; he is extraordinarily generous and a lot of the time, he doesn't even tell me something's on its way! I'll open my mailbox and I'll see a package usually decorated with something like this:
...it brightens my day, every time. And no matter what heroes Russell's chooses to decorate his packages, Aquaman is always included.

F.O.A.M. member Brian Heiler (of the awesome blog
Plaid Stallions) sent me this item a while ago, it's a little game he plays with his son to help teach him writing and spelling:
...I love Aquaman's quizzical look. Man, I wish my Dad had done stuff like this when I was a kid.

A few months ago, I found this curious headline over at the political blog
Talking Points Memo:
It's a satirical piece (as if you couldn't tell that already) wherein the author throws in "Aqua-Man" among a list of pop culture references.

Turns out he's confusing Aquaman with Sub-Mariner ("
Rasmussen Reports, which polled on a yet wider range of subjects has determined that Marvel Comics superhero Aqua-Man") but luckily someone in the comments section sets him straight.

This striking photo was something I found
over at the blog Occasional Superheroine:
...there are more pictures like this, so instead of me explaining it, just head over there (direct link to the post above) and read all about it. It's pretty cool.

sgFinally, I thought I'd mention that Aquaman scribe and Friend of the Shrine Paul Kupperberg now has his own blog, called
And Then I Wrote..., featuring some writings and random thoughts by Paul.

Paul's been a great friend to me personally, and to the Shrine, and I'm glad to see he's joined us all here on the web. So go check it out!

This concludes our latest rummaging through the Aqua-Mailbag, and, thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of you AquaFans, it won't be the last.
Thanks everybody!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the plug, Rob! And, just so no one's frightened away, "And Then I Wrote..." is less my thoughts ('cause my thoughts BORE even ME most of the time) than it is bits of stuff I've written, some previously published (shamelessly huckstered, with links provided for ordering), some from forthcoming projects, and some that will likely never be published. Anyway, so far I've managed to update it every day, so everyone's invited to stop by, take a look, and PLEASE, leave your comments.

And, if you want to LINK to my blog from YOUR blog or site, let me know and I'll be happy to return the favor on "And Then I Wrote..."!

Thanks all!

Anonymous said...

By the way, the sketch of me was done, may years ago when I still WAS a YOUNG Jewish writer, by Joe Orlando. He noodled it in his sketchbook during a story conference for the SUPER POWERS miniseries.


rob! said...


your blog has a permanent link here, a little further down on the right, under "aquaman's writers on the web."

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is and I appreciate it! Though poorly phrased to indicate so, that was an open invitation to ALL readers of the Shrine to trade links!


Doug Slack said...

Re- The t-shirt.
It looks like some kind of Entourage merchandise. Notice how the font on "Aquaman" matches the show's title font.