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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Adventure Comics #129 - June 1948

Comics Weekend "The Treasure Beneath The Lake!" by Joe Samachson(?) and John Daly.

It's Adventure Sunday!

As a giant Superboy shows up those prep school fops, Aquaman...takes a vacation?!?
Duke lights the fuse on a bomb and tosses it next to Aquaman, then takes off, leaving Aquaman with only seconds to live!

Luckily, Aquaman's seal pal Ark jumps aboard the ship, knocking Aquaman off the side of the boat, into the water, away from the bomb's blast!
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

This story is yet another instance where Aquaman seems to give nary a thought to when a crook dies a horrible death as payment for his crimes.

I'm not saying Duke didn't deserve it--he's a cold-blood killer with multiple victims--but I still find it just a little startling how blithely Aquaman regards the death of yet another bad guy: "Oh look at that, he's been decapitated! Hey, Ark, let's go swimming!"

Too bad Aquaman was never part of the Justice Society; he, Batman, and the Spectre really would have gotten along!


Anthony said...

What the heck?! *More* more crooks dying through semi-unusual means (knocked out by Aquaman's punch, the crook's plane crashes into the ocean and he drowns)?! Yeah, Earth-2's Bats and the Spectre would love Aquaman. :-p

(Aquaman *did* show up at the tail end of the run of "All Star Squadron" as a member, so it's possible he *did* meet Batman and the Spectre...).

Re: Superboy: Again, what the heck? Why the heck is Superboy on that cover huge?! Nothing to do with the story apparently (plot: Superboy helps a retiring teacher find the identity of her secret admirer)...

Wings1295 said...

As a side note, the pic of Aquaman in the ship in the bottle would make a cool piece on a Shrine, wouldn't it? Maybe the Aquacave in a bottle?

rob! said...


Yes, he meets them (Batman at least) in those two issues of, er, ASS.


It would make a handsome piece, wouldn't it? Someone who does those ships-in-a-bottle thing (does anyone still do those?) could just add a Super Powers Aquaman!

Marc Tyler Nobleman said...

Morbidity aside, some of these classic stories actually have pretty cool action sequences - Aquaman leaping onto a flying plane?

rob! said...


I agree! A lot of these stories are really solid adventures (no pun intended). No wonder Aquaman lasted through the late 40s/50s superhero drought (again, no pun intended).

Anonymous said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

I thought this adventure was a vast improvement over last weeks. The airplane stunt was epic! Interesting that instead of resorting to telepathy, the Earth-2 Arthur just talks to sea life. Might make for some interesting dialogue if Tarantino ever adapts Aquaman.

Now I know where Westlake got the idea for Drowned Hopes.

James Chatterton