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Friday, July 16, 2010

Missed Opportunity: DCCP Pin-Up - 1981

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This beautiful pin-up by the master, George Perez, appeared in DC Comics Presents #38, the first issue of the series sporting the increased 60 cent cover price. DC was trying to give readers "more for your money" so they threw in little bells and whistles like this for the first few issues with that new price.

Anyway, this pin-up was, as it states, celebrating Superman and his co-stars of the first 38 issues of DC Comics Presents. That's all well and good except...where's Aquaman? Aquaman did, in fact, team-up with Supes in DC Comics Presents #5, and yet he is nowhere to be seen here. What's a Sea King gotta do?!?

Somehow, Arthur was either forgotten by Perez when he was roughing out the sketch, or he was left off a list presumably sent to him by DC (by editor Julius Schwartz?). And yet no one forgot Man-Bat or Hoppy The Marvel Bunny. Geez.



(As a side note: I wrote a piece about this issue of DCCP over on my Hey Kids, Comics! blog, which in some ways could be called "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius." I don't want to oversell it, judge for yourself)

7 comments:

Randy said...

I have always wondered about this grave injustice to our hero Aquaman too!

Doug said...

Lokks like gorgeous George missed Red Tornado too. . .frickin' Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. . .

Andy Luckett said...

Yeah, what the crap, man? Although I do dig that Swamp Thing got some love...doesn't make up for Arthur missing the party tho...

Wings said...

That is kind of a slap in the face to the character! So many others made it!

Dene said...

Is there a larger version of this I could see? this one is kinda teeny-!

rob! said...

Dene--Click the image!

matthew jones said...

I never realised Aquaman was missing from that pin-up till now. Oh dear. Thanks for sharing that with us Rob. A great pin-up anyway, and how cool is it that George Perez got to draw Hoppy The Marvel Bunny! There's another pin-up of Superman's team-up buddies in DC Comics Presents 50 by Alex Saviuk, and I think Aquaman appears in that one, along with He-Man no less.