Sunday, October 21, 2012

Adventure Comics #204 - Sept. 1954

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Comics Weekend "The Lagoon of Doom!" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.
It's Adventure Sunday!

This story ends with the Boy of Steel melting the little sh*t with his heat vision. At least, that's what I would do.

Aquaman has swam through many, many bodies of water--oceans, lakes, tributaries, ponds, waterfalls, and rivers. But he's never faced anything as fierce as a Lagoon of Doom!:


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Along with the whales, Aquaman commands some paddle fish to help get rid of all the water in the lagoon. Even with all that help, the job is still taking too long, so the Sea King tells his whale pals to form two columns, much to the bewilderment of the lagoon's new owners:
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...and with that, so ends another adventure for Aquaman!


Creature From The Black Lagoon came out in March 1954, just a few months before this story was published. And while it features nothing in common with that movie, I have to think the title was at least inspired by the hit film. Considering Aquaman was dabbling with more sci-fi/fantasy adventures in the last few months, its a little surprising that writer Jack Miller didn't think to go all the way and have the Sea King encounter a similar, lagoon-based fishman. Great Neptune, what a battle that would have been!


Just as side note: those top two panels on page six are all about the sound effects. Considering the time period, I'm surprised Aquaman didn't end up getting stuck with two fish sidekicks named Wroomp and Clump.


2 comments:

Anthony said...

A new nickname for Aquaman... "Sea Man." Not sure if that's better than "Fish Man"...

Re: Superboy:
"This story ends with the Boy of Steel melting the little sh*t with his heat vision. At least, that's what I would do."

That or the "heat of his x-ray vision", as heat vision was called during the 50s Super-books. ;-)

The plot: Superboy is stymied at how to stop the practical jokes of a rich young boy (the aforementioned "super-brat").

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Holy cat! Lots or wroompin' in this saga. I loved how the sea king had fun at these fellows expense. The dragnet made of weeds was one nifty idea.

Re-A tip for Superboy on how to deal with rich little s**ts: Use your coal-into-diamonds trick to finance the purchase of controlling interests in whichever companies they control...then kick 'em out.

James Chatterton