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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Adventure Comics #177 - June 1952

Comics Weekend "The Man Who Was Aquaman's Double!" by George Kashdan(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

DC Comics Presents: Superman and Charlton Heston!

Aquaman gets in double trouble this month:
Tommy and Aquaman, each posing as the other, continue with their respective "missions." Tommy, in pursuing Spanner, gets a secret assist from Aquaman (currently busy impressing Ginny), who calls in some sea eagles and then some whales to keep Tommy from harm:
...and with that, so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Frankly, Ginny seems like a fairly shallow person, only interested in Tommy because he can swim. I'm betting the relationship didn't last. Even so, Aquaman's reputation as a solid, A+ wingman is secure.

As usual, Ramona Fradon delivers the goods. You can almost smell the salty sea air when looking at these pages!


bribabylk said...

Oh, the early '50s, when a superhero could grab you by the wrist, drag you behind a bush to "exchange clothes", and the Comics Code didn't have a say in the matter. Better than an injury to the eye.

Anthony said...

Well, the Comics Code (when it came along a few years after this story) did ban (glimpsing at Wikipedia) "illicit sexual relations" (read: extra-marital sex) and "sex perversion" (read: homosexuality). But yeah, they disliked eye injuries too (to put it mildly).

More sea eagles appear! Wonder when Arthur stopped relying on sea eagles (vs run-of-the-mill seagulls or flying fish) for help...

Also notice a trend in these stories of someone not knowing how to swim. I'd have figured more people would know how to swim at this time (more emphasis on the outdoors back then vs. now, or more use of public pools)...

Re: Superboy: Superboy goes back in time to ancient Rome to learn whether or not Ben Hur really existed. The story's recycled in an early 60s Superboy issue with Professor Lang (Lana's father) now involved.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Ho Hum. Another day, another Black Jack knock-off. We need a real a real villain here.

Of all the pals that Aquaman could get, why select a shark to help Tommy swim? That sure would've scared the bejeezus out of me.

James Chatterton

Craig said...

>Superman and Charlton Heston!<

No Big Chuck here - this is a '52 comic, and the film is from '59.

And I doubt they were remembering the '25 Silent - so I guess someone liked the book!


Russell said...

So wait a second here... Aquaman got buck naked not once, but twice here! You gotta love the Golden Age, haha!