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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Solo #5 - Aug. 2005

Comics Weekend This is an unusual installment of our regular Comics Weekend segment, in that it features a submission from a F.O.A.M. member, in this case our newest member, Tim Charleston.

Solo was a series that DC published briefly back in 2005-2006, an anthology centered around a different artist for each issue. The artist in question would do...pretty much whatever struck their fancy, it seemed.

As a series, Solo was hit or miss, but frequently it featured really unusual, top-flight material, like it did for its fifth issue, devoted to the work of Darwyn Cooke.

Amid all the features in the book, Cooke featured an ongoing segment set in a bar where various DC characters hangout. If you look close, you'll see Aquaman in the background:

He even gets a line a few panels later:


He here is, making kissy-face with...well, I don't know who, but it sure ain't Mera!:


But that's not all--he also appears in a gag strip starring...Angel & The Ape, of all people:

The sad thing, I actually have this issue (I have most of the Solo run, I enjoyed the book so much) and yet I somehow completely forgot Aquaman's in here at all. Kudos to Tim for reminding me and helpfully providing the scans.

Thanks Tim, and welcome to F.O.A.M.!


Wings1295 said...

Those are some aqua-appearances I totally would have missed! Thanks Rob! And Tim!

rob! said...

Joe--Yeah, I know. Like I said in the post, I have this book, but I completely forgot about Aquaman even being in it--hiding in plain sight, as it were. Now I want to go through all my issues of Solo and see if I missed any other Aquaman cameos.

Also--that little Angel and the Ape strip makes me wish there was some sort of anthology book by DC featuring little bits and pieces like this. That way you could get amazing creators to do stuff, but they wouldn't have to commit to some multi-page story.

IADW said...

Wow that's some really nice art work.

I'm not sure if it's meant to be that way, but I like that even when others are drinking alcohol in a trendy night spot, Arthur sticks with a glass of water.

Now that's a responsible hero :D