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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Adventure Comics #114 - March 1947

Comics Weekend "Skyscraper Aquarium!" by Joe Samachson(?) and Louis Cazeneuve.

It's Adventure Sunday!

As Superboy mocks those not blessed with super-powers, Aquaman once again tangles with that scurvy scourge of the seven seas, Black Jack!:
Aquaman spies Black Jack making a run for it. He follows into another room, where Black Jack was waiting. He hurls a robot jellyfish at the Sea King, stopping Aquaman in his tracks!

Aquaman figures a way out, however
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

This adventure is a crazy hodge-podge of elements: Black Jack has managed to build a small army of robot sea creatures, which is a very sci-fi-ish idea (how the hell did the decidedly low-tech Black Jack pull that off, exactly). But that scene where Aquaman is questioning the suspect only to have him shot feels like something out of classic Dick Tracy.

I like the idea that Aquaman is a big "draw" to surface dwellers; he always seems willing to help out whenever one or two of them have some crazy idea; a water skyscraper certainly qualifies!


JD said...

Cute! These older stories are silly but still fun, I don't care much for the antiquated comic book stone-age art style though.

Anthony said...

I suppose Black Jack could've hired (or coerced) some less-than-ethical scientist into creating the robots for this scheme? If he's seeking revenge, I guess he's willing to go to do whatever it takes. (Though if he were around these days, I'd hate to see what *that*'d involve, given the DCU's current tone...)

Re: Superboy: Use of Old Faithful as an easy chair aside, for once, the cover ties into the actual story---Clark Kent attends a spelling bee being held, for some reason, in Yellowstone National Park, and is forced to stop a crime as Superboy... ;-)

Anonymous said...

These Golden Age Aqua-stories keep getting better and better. I love the Aquarium Skyscraper concept. Such a simple, visually arresting, yet completely impractical idea. I also like seeing the friendly Aquaman, who enjoys cooperating with surface-dwellers that have some sort of respect for the ocean. Grafing Namor's personality onto him never seemed quite right to me.

James Chatterton

Joseph Brian Scott said...

Hmm, if there are human operators inside them, I'm not sure they can be called robots. And since his legs are clearly visible, I'm not sure Spike was trying to fool Aquarium patrons into thinking he was a real killer shark. Maybe he just wears that all the time.