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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Adventure Comics #121 - Oct. 1947

Comics Weekend "Shades of John Paul Jones!" by George Kashdan and John Daly.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman meets the legendary Led Zeppelin bassist in this issue of Adventure. Oh, okay, maybe not:
Aquaman has his finny friends collect massive clumps of seaweed, which they then carry towards the surface. Aquaman packs into the holes of Jones' ship, with some hammerheads jamming it into place for good measure.

Back on the surface, the crew of the Serapis can't figure out why their opponent's ship isn't sinking:
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

This story is the first Aquaman tale by legendary comics and animation writer George Kashdan, as well as the first drawn by John Daly. To this point, the Sea King's adventures were steadfastly earthbound: there were little to no super-powered villains or magical foes or anything like that: like Scooby-Doo, it was almost always some crook behind it all.

And while this story doesn't explicitly say Aquaman went back in time, the reader is left with that impression--presumably new writer Kashdan thought adding some fantasy elements would work just fine. And he was right!


Anthony said...

Wonder how well "Aquaman meets Led Zepplin" would sell? :-p

Other observations:
- The closing blurb... "actionful" is a word? Maybe it's like how they always abbreviated "teen-ager" or "to-day" in the old days...

- Re: Superboy: this issue sees him helping kids win a rare collectibles' contest against a spoiled rich kid's entries. Yes, that weird-drawn leg on the cover (and the stamp itself) appears a few times in the issue, along with an anachronistic mention of a small country still recovering from "Nazis blowing up their tracks during the war"...

Joseph Brian Scott said...

Yow; Superboy's going to pull a muscle flying like that.

I liked the change of pace in the Aquaman story, too. It reminded me of how popular "historical" time travel was in comics from the 40's through the 60's; you don't see it that much anymore, I don't think. Now time travel is either dinosaurs or far-flung future.