Sunday, March 03, 2013

Adventure Comics #224 - May 1956

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Comics Weekend "The Seventh Wonder of the Sea"  by George Kashdan and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!
 
This month in Superboy: DC Officially Runs Out of Stories!

Let's hope that's not the case with Aquaman:
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Aquaman, with the help of his finny friends, snaps pics of the first two wonders (one, a canyon in the sea floor bigger than the Grand Canyon, the second, the "Lost Continent of Mu") and then moves onto the third:
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...and with that, so ends another adventure for Aquaman!


Say what you want, Aquaman is a really nice guy. It seems like every third story, he's helping some poor Surface Dweller who's down on his luck, dropping everything. I guess once Black Jack got put away for good, the Sea King's schedule really opened up. Nice to see that those self-same Surface Dwellers noticed this--I love Arthur's befuddled/embarrassed look in the last panel.

This adventure must have been particularly daunting for Ramona Fradon, having to visualize six different, vastly impressive settings, and in an incredibly tiny space. As usual, she pulls it off.


3 comments:

Anthony said...

This one shows things are still on Earth-2, as Atlantis here is some sunken, unoccupied ruin (and not the occupied Earth-1 version seen in Aquaman and Superman comics of the Silver Age). Though the writer forgot Aquaman's visited Atlantis previously (without needing some eel to protect from being crushed), as his Golden Age origin relied on such.

Again, nice Fradon artwork.

Re: Superboy: From my source for such: "Jonathan Kent is accidentally struck by lightning while wearing a Superman uniform, and all of Smallville---including Superboy---must play along with his delusion that he is a Superman." Well, the stories *do* pick up for DC eventually... ;-)

wich2 said...

>This month in Superboy: DC Officially Runs Out of Stories!<

Love DC. Love the Superman series.

But was there ANY character in the ever-growing Superman Family who didn't wear the ol' red, blue, and yellow at some point in the Late Gold/Silver Age?!

-Craig

Anonymous said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Was this reprinted in the silver age as well? I seem to dimly recall it, but I could be manufactoring memories.

Page 2 is just a master class in mood and perspective from Ms. Fradon and the uncredited colorist. Great stuff!

James Chatterton