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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Adventure Comics #147 - Dec. 1949

Comics Weekend "The Man Who Was Rescued 100 Times!" by Otto Binder and John Daly.

It's Adventure Sunday!

A rare moment of Aquaman being mentioned on the cover. Oh, the romance of second-class mailing permits!

This month, Aquaman gets involved in something even more sinister and sleazy than underwater pirates...the movie business!
Aquaman ends up rescuing Dan Dunbar over and over, until finally Dunbar is so exhausted he falls asleep. Aquaman then decides to climb up into Dunbar's blimp to see what the sufferin' swordfish is going on:
...and with that, so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Aquaman is absurdly good-natured here, especially when you think how much of his time was wasted by the moviemakers--I mean, after all, Black Jack was probably out there somewhere tripping over himself. I guess after spending almost half a decade pasting Nazis and assorted saboteurs, most of the problems he dealt with since seem pretty trivial in comparison. I wonder how big of a hit Peril at Sea was.

Speaking of movies, that octopus later starred in I Am Curious...Octopus. True story!


Anthony said...

And so Aquaman ends the 1940s dealing with sleazy Hollywood types. :-p

I noticed they credited Aquaman and "The" Green Arrow on the cover, too... didn't know it was for postal regulations! A weird requirement if that's the case...

Re: Superboy: This month's plot: Clark is sent to an orphanage after Ma and Pa Kent's plane is found wrecked (and the two are believed dead). He's soon adopted by a rich couple, who Clark helps find their long-lost real son, and soon finds Ma and Pa are alive (of course). I assume leading an exercise class had nothing to do with the story. :-p

Richard said...

I have serious issues with Aquaman seeing someone fall from the sky "at terrific speed" and nonetheless having time enough to swim in circles long enough to produce a whirlpool.

On the other hand: page three, panel three? I see the influence of Kirby…and you know I don't say that lightly. There's a lot of good stuff here. I've never fully appreciated John Daly, and this run of stories has really opened my eyes.

Anonymous said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

And a fond farewell to the 40's. We've had some good times there, but no decade lasts forever.

Now here's a movie I'd love to see. Just imagine, Aquaman played by Lloyd Bridges, Black Jack by Charles Middleton, and the Sea Sleuth by Basil Rathbone. Directed by Howard Hawks. I can dream.

Yet another in the exceptionally goofy-but-fun Binder/Daly series. I seriously do expect a talking tiger that excels at swimming to show up any day now.

James Chatterton

Anthony said...

Maybe a talking tiger *shark*? :-)

(Though there was a cartoon on a few years ago about such... "Kenny the Shark." Pretty funny show...)

Speaking of sharks, I noticed Aquaman didn't have control over that group of sharks in that panel mentioned above (versus telling them to "scram"). Interesting...

Joseph Brian Scott said...

That bit about Aquaman commanding the swordfish and octopus to "shake hands" and make up was fun, but I had the horrible thought of what if this non-violence policy of his was constantly being broadcast, perhaps even subconsciously, to all the sea life in his vicinity, so that they couldn't even hunt for food. And they all slowly starved.

Adventure Sunday!