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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Adventure Comics #209 - Feb. 1955

Comics Weekend "The Island That Vanished!" by Jack Miller(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

This is probably the only time Texas and France have ever been next to one another, for any reason.

Anyway, this month Aquaman gets involved in a mystery that only he can solve!
On the instruction of Rogers, the ship heads further South, even though no one--including Aquaman--believes him. They hit a patch of ice, so thick that the ship's built-in icebreakers can't gain purchase to move.

Aquaman calls in some whales and swordfish, with the latter punching holes in either side of the ship. Then long ropes are run through the ship, out each side, and attached to whales, which rock the ship free:
...and with that, so ends another adventure for Aquaman!

This adventure doesn't quite live up to the gangbusters splash page by Ramona Fradon--you think you're in for an action-packed little tale, but it really is mostly Aquaman and the others standing around talking, trying to figure this whole "missing island" thing out.

Still, I love how optimistic Aquaman is when it comes to Surface Dwellers--he tends to want to believe what they say, no matter how cockamamie Eisenhower it might sound. The Silver Age Aquaman of course wouldn't be quite so positive.


Anthony said...

Nice a deed it was, I'd like to think Aquaman didn't spend *months* with this guy (versus checking in every so often between other jobs), as the caption claims... :-p

Re: Superboy: Superboy promises to do a few super-tasks for several individuals during "Superboy Week", which a crook tries to take advantage of.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Looks like the Marvelous Ms. Fradon was channeling the spirit of EC comics in the splash page. Really reminded me of Ingels or Kamen. I can't believe how much I took her art for granted when I was a kid.

Once again, Aquaman demonstrates that the ability to talk to "fish" is a dandy power to have.

Also once again, Aquaman shows us what a great pal he is. Makes me proud to be a friend of his shrine.

James Chatterton

Russell said...

"Cockamamie Eisenhower"??? I had to read that twice to figure out what the heck you were saying, Rob!

I love these Ramona Fradon-packed weekends. Great, great stuff even when the stories are...well, I hate to say "pedestrian," but.... less than they could be?

Joseph Brian Scott said...

I really like the 5th panel at the bottom of page 5; his hair truly looks wet.