Sunday, May 20, 2012

Adventure Comics #182 - Nov. 1952

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Comics Weekend "The Ocean Restaurant!" by George Kashdan(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

You Know You're A Redneck If...your Kryptonian rocketship is up on blocks in your front yard!

After giving an underwater bank a try, Aquaman gives fine dining a shot!
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The next day, a booth is set up to take reservations for the Golden Gull, and the line is around the block (er, dock)! Of course this is a problem to have when opening a restaurant, but Bill wonders how they're going to get all these customers to the ship!

Aquaman steps in and, with the help of a whale pal, carries a bunch of customers out to sea. But there's real trouble--a typhoon! Bill is sure this is the end, but of course the Sea King goes into action:
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...and with that, so ends another adventure with Aquaman!


This story ends with the Golden Gull still in business, and far all we know it still is to this day, on Earth-2 somewhere. Between this and the underwater bank, it seems like Aquaman is well on his way to becoming quite a successful businessman!

Considering superheroes were few(er) and far between in the 1950s, I'd say his celebrity helped him corner this particular market. I mean, sure, there was Shining Knight Cleaners, but they had such a hard time with modern fabrics it folded in just a few months.

5 comments:

Anthony said...

Quite the businessman, indeed (and makeshift engineer---turning the old ship into a submarine!). No doubt Earth-2's economy benefited greatly from the Sea King's efforts...

Re: Superboy: Since he's from a one-horse town like Smallville, I guess the story title's technically true. (SUPERBOY: "That's a half-truth---I have my ship on blocks in a shed in the *back* yard, thank you!") The plot: Superboy helps a friend whose rich uncle is being scammed somehow. Nice cover...

Anonymous said...

Who do you consider Aquamans arch enemy? Black Manta, Ocean Master or someone else, and why?

Joseph Brian Scott said...

The Golden Gull was a resounding success--as a seafood restaurant, in large part because they had the freshest bill of fare on the entire coast. (Thanks Aquaman, wink!)

Anonymous said...

Interesting question, Anonymous. In my opinion, Ocean Master is to Aquaman as Loki is to Thor. Since Orm is Aquaman's brother he will always feel a twinge of remorse and guilt for Ocean Master's refusal to return to the side of good. Black Manta is Aquaman's main nemesis because his cruelty and ruthlessness seemingly know no bounds. He will (and has) slaughtered members of Aquaman's family and friends simply to cause him pain.Much like the Green Goblin did to Spider-Man, Manta makes it personal.

That's just my opinion though.



Andy Luckett

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Hmm, his own bank, interest in a restaurant...Does Aquaman open a luxury resort next issue? He's quite the entrepreneur.

Umm, what exactly do they serve at this restaurant? Not Turtle soup, I hope.

James Chatterton