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Monday, October 05, 2009

Aquaman as Dive Buddy

These amazing, awesome, wondrous (pick a superlative) photos of Aquaman patrolling the seas of Hawaii are courtesy our newest F.O.A.M. member Barry Fackler, who sent them to me along with this charming story:

"Aloha Rob!

I've been a fan of your site for some time now and have really enjoyed
all the articles which take me back to my youth when I lived for each new issue of Aquaman.

Of course, that was a long time ago and now I
live in Hawai'i where I take an active role in helping to raise my grandson, Jacques. As a responsible role model, I've taken time to teach Jacques all about my hero (Silver Age) Aquaman. I've provided him with plenty of Aquaman books & toys and he grasps the mythos as well as a five year old can.

Anyway, he thought it would be a good
idea for his Aquaman action figure to go diving with me this weekend. I'm sending along some photos of the results. Two photos show Aquaman patrolling his watery domain while the other two show him battling a mutant sea creature (played by a Crown-of-Thorns starfish) Hope you enjoy the pics."

Barry has a blog called Diving The Kona Coast which features more pics of his undersea explorations, which makes me want to drop everything and visit Hawaii right now (although, living in New Jersey it doesn't take much).

I'm so happy Barry thought to take these pics and send them to the Shrine, and that he's telling his grandson all about the King of the Seven Seas. Aquaman's popularity is in good hands thanks to people like him.

Keep up the good job Barry, and welcome to F.O.A.M.!


Saranga said...

Ha! So much fun! I did a similar thing with my Hawkman minimate recently.

Wings1295 said...

Great pics & another great little tale. Fun day!

Russell said...

What a great way to start a Monday morning. I hope you and Barry don't mind if I use these photos as my newest desktop pics. :-)

On a side note, had a great time at the Mid-Ohio Con Saturday and Sunday here in Columbus. Bought (and was bought) several Aquaman things. Even saw a guy in an Aquaman Hoodie...my first official sighting!!! Chatted with Len Wein, who signed several of my JLA comics as well as his DCCP team-up issue (with art by Murphy Anderson). Also swa two Aquamen attending the convention: dead, zombie Aquaman, and Aquaboy, who looked to be about 15.

Andy Luckett said...

This is why I love the Shrine, Rob, for one-of-a-kind Aquaman content like this. Mr. Fackler did a great job making pics of an action figure look really dramatic, and I love the idea of Aquaman fighting a giant Crown-of-Thorns. Sort of like a pointier Starro. Great stuff! Now I want to live in Hawaii too.

rob! said...


Yeah, stuff like this is my favorite stuff to post, too (we'll have something like this next week, as well).

And I already wanted to live in Hawaii, this just makes me want to a little more!

IADW said...

Wow thats really cool. Those photos are stunning.

Unknown said...

It's nice to be a member of FOAM. Russell, feel free to use the pics any way you like. Thanks, everybody, for all the kind words. I really appreciate it. I hope to contribute more in the future!

chunky B said...

One, those photos are simply amazing, you have raised the bar of action photography. Second, now I want to go to Hawaii!