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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Adventure Comics #162 - March 1951

Comics Weekend "Under the Sea for Life!" by George Kashdan and John Daly.
It's Adventure Sunday!

As Superboy teaches humans it's okay to cheat, The Sea King meets a young man who dreams of living under the sea, just like him!

Steve tries to help Aquaman, but his inexperience gets the best of him: a vacuum created by the trapped sub almost sucks him under, but Aquaman saves him.

Steve tells Aquaman about his dream to live under water, but the Sea King warns him that he's just not equipped to do the kind of work Aquaman does. He drops Steve off on the shore, hoping he has heeded Aquaman's advice. As if!

A few days later, Steve is working on a fishing boat, and as luck(?) would have it, the boat's electric fish trap accidentally zaps Aquaman, leaving him temporarily paralyzed. Steve to the rescue!:
...and with that, so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Aquaman has to spend a lot of time teaching wayward surface dwellers not to mess with the seven seas, but they almost never learn. Let's hope Steve was a little smarter and listened to Aquaman, never again trying to be an underwater superhero.

John Daly, as usual, delivers a tremendous art job--I particularly like Steve's underwater outfit; it's very 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but with some superhero-ish coloring. Very snazzy.

For whatever reason, this month's Aquaman feature is seven pages, not the usual six. I think we can all be grateful for that!


Anthony said...

I noticed Aquaman mentioned his Golden Age origin in this story (his father enabling him to live underwater)---didn't expect it to be mentioned in a story as late as this point (1951). I figured it'd be something they'd either forgotten about or ignored by now.

Re: Superboy: The plot (quoted from my source): "Superboy saves a coach from a suicide attempt and helps him get Smallville High athletes in shape for a track-and-field competition, not knowing that a rival has vowed to make sure Smallville loses, no matter what the cost." Hey kids---pre-Code comics! Hard to imagine Superboy stopping suicides in his Silver Age stories... :-p

Anonymous said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

This one had some of that old Binder flavor. I could see Steve Sender and the Sea Sleuth as the nucleus of an oceanic crime-fighting team. Come to think of it, wasn't the Sea Sleuth adept at riding turtles? Take notes, Sender, take notes.

Re: The Aquaman Employmeent Agency. All that work, just to become a lifeguard?

James Chatterton