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Monday, March 23, 2009

The Aqua Family in "Channel Surfing"

Feast your eyes on this, a brand-new, all-original strip by the one and only Fred Hembeck!

I am a huge fan of the work of Mr. Hembeck, and one day I got the idea of commissioning Fred to write and draw a brand-new, Aqua-centric strip for the Shrine, done in the same format as those classic "Hembeck" strips that ran in those Daily Planet feature pages, so many years ago.

Fred thankfully agreed, and within a few weeks he sent this to me, and I couldn't be happier with the result. It looks and feels like one of those strips I loved so much as a kid, complete with terrible pun at the end. (You can click the graphic to see a in-color version)

I told Fred that maybe, just maybe, if he was up for it, I'd commission him to do more of these, and it could become a sort-of regular feature here on the Shrine. If that's something you'd like to see, leave a comment and let me know!

I'm so happy to present this new strip, that I've decided all this week on the Shrine it will be "Hembeck Week", featuring more Aquaman-related Hembecky goodness. Be here, it'll be fun!


Rick L. Phillips said...

This was great.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for this, Rob and Fred!

Although I know from reading (buying, I meant buying) most of Fred's old collections that he wasn't a huge Aquaman fan, I would love to try to convert him to our way of thinking. :-)
Plus I'd enjoy the strips.

Rob, I will go home tonight and drag out my original Hembeck collections and scan you my own personal Hembeck Aquamans to add to your collection.

Wings1295 said...

Cute strip and a great post. Can't wait for more this week!

Adama said...

Dude, that was awesome. Assuming its financially feasible, I would love to see more of these!

Paul Kupperberg said...

Always love the Hembeck!

Anonymous said...

I'd also love to see more of these, Rob, if Mr. Hembeck is agreeable. Aquaman and Hembeck, two great tastes that go great together!

Vincent Paul Bartilucci said...

I've been eagerly awaiting the appearance of this original Hembeck since our talk at the NYCC. Truly awesome! I hope we'll see more from Fred.

Scurvy said...

Great strip!

Is it wrong that I find Mera really sexy in this???

Luis said...

Fantastic Hembeck strip! I really miss him from the days when he was a regular feature in DC comics back in the day. If possible, I would like to see more. Thanks for posting the strip.

Anonymous said...

Yes! There is no such thing as too much Hembeck!!