Sunday, July 29, 2012

Adventure Comics #192 - Sept. 1953

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Comics Weekend "Murder in the Fish Preserve!" by George Kashdan(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

This Superboy cover makes my head hurt.

Anyway, it appears that Agatha Christie is the guest writer for this month's installment of Aquaman:

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Aquaman and the reporters spy someone trying to kill another member of the preserve, an Opal fish. Aquaman stops it, but the mysterious shooter gets away. Based on a comment from the reporter about how each fish that has been targeted is different than the last, Aquaman gets a hunch who might be behind this.

Aquaman tells the reporters to say in the papers that the Opal fish has been killed. The reporters agree to forge the story (they must work for The New Republic) and head back to shore. Meanwhile:
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...and with that, so ends another adventure for Aquaman!

Kind of a needlessly complicated plot on behalf of the crooks--methinks these guys worked for The Joker at some point and just lifted this whole idea from his book of heists.

I love the last couple panels of page four--we really didn't get to see the 1950s Aquaman tear into guys the way he did in the 1940s, so it was refreshing to have a couple of moments where the Sea King really got to cut loose. I'm sure it made him feel good to have one of the crooks beg for mercy.

5 comments:

Richard Bensam said...

Aquaman says "Remember, kids -- you should only kill your friends to eat them, not for the pleasure of the hunt!"

Anthony said...

Heh... that said, guessing Aquaman's attitude toward eating fish, or of regular humans eating fish, has probably changed over decades (or varies depending on the writer). For me, the idea of Arthur himself eating fish always felt awkward (and no, eating meat does *not* make one "badass"... and this coming from a non-vegetarian like myself). I don't suppose any writer's ever considered just making Arthur vegetarian?

"What's Staro?" Guess the Coast Guard Guy's Earth-One counterpart learned the answer to *that* in another 7 years...

Re: Superboy: The plot sees Lana fill in for a missing queen who looks like her; when Superboy enters her kingdom, she bosses him around under penalty of being punished as an illegal alien. Apparently the "kingdom" in question is stuck in the Renaissance, despite the (too-new-looking-a-model-for-Superboy's-era-at-this-point) automobile. ;-)

Joseph Brian Scott said...

We now interrupt the regularly scheduled broadcast of the Olympic Games with an important message from Aquaman about some dead fish...

Earth 2 Chris said...

Page 3, Panel 2...GREEN GLOVES!!!

Is this the first appearance of the Earth-One Aquaman?!?

Chris

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Staro!? Staro!? Or...was it Starro?

What kind of idiot kills fish in a preserve protected by Aquaman? I think Turk really needed a few tips on successful modern pirating from old Blackjack.

James Chatterton