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Saturday, October 11, 2008

DC Challenge #7 - May 1986

sgComics Weekend Ok, so we're back to the DC Challenge!

I thought that Aquaman's appearances in the 12-issue long series were limited to #s 3, 4, and 12, but after doing some research I saw he made an appearance in this issue, as well.

This issue's story is titled "Don't Bogart That Grape...Hand Me The Gas Pump!", and is written by our pal Paul Kupperberg, with art by the great Joe Staton, and inks by Steve Mitchell.

When we last left Aquaman, he was still(!) stranded in the desert, this time with his fellow JLAer Zatanna, after watching the Martian Manhunter get kidnapped by a group of malevolent aliens.

So this issue opens with The Joker as our narrator, and we see where we stand:
After much comings and goings featuring Adam Strange, Jimmy Olsen, Batman, Plastic Man, (plus an ancient, dessicated Hitler!) we rejoin a really thirsty Aquaman and Zatanna and we see they get help from an unexpected source:
...wow, Mr.Mxyzptlk saves the day!

So we end with Aquaman and Zatanna still in the desert...hey, wait a minute! They're still in the desert??

Now I have go buy DC Challenge #8!


Anonymous said...

Man, poor Aquaman, always getting stuck in the desert. He really needs to get a new travel agent. Anyway, the Joker narrating a story...that is pure awesomeness.

Anonymous said...

I am so NOT a fan of Joe Staton's art. I think it's the elongated faces he gives everyone. And the bulbous noses. And it looks to me like everyone he draws has a nasty overbite.

But that's probably just me.

Paul Kupperberg said...

People forget that Mr. Staton was a Top Tier penciler back in the day! He was on several major titles, including a run on Superman with Marv Wolfman. I've done a ton of work with Joe as a writer and an editor and I've always been a big fan...but, of course, everyone's entitled to their own likes and dislikes.

As for Aquaman: I have the vaguest memory of the writers kind of agreeing to leave Aquaman out in the desert for a large chunk of the story...kind of a running joke at the expense of poor Arthur. I don't have the rest of the series, so I can't reality check my memory on that, but it sounds right to my poor, abused memory banks.

rob! said...

yeah, count me in as a fan of Joe's work. (hence my referring to him as The Great Joe Staton in the post)

his style is unusual, and i can see how it might strike people differently, but i've always liked it.

although i would argue steve mitchell was not the best inker for joe's style.