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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Adventure Comics #226 - July 1956

Comics Weekend "The Showoff of the Seven Seas" by George Kashdan(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!
Not sure why a second flying boy is all that exciting, when you've had Superboy around for years, but whatever.

We know Aquaman to be a humble, unassuming hero. But that all changes this month:
Aquaman dismisses the news of "T.N.T." Dillon, still concerned with his advertising campaign, going so far as to hang a banner across town for all to see, telling them of his next sea-based trick.

Meanwhile, the scrungy Dillon is happy to see all this, professing that the Sea King is falling "right into his hands":
...and with that, so ends another adventure for Aquaman!

Yet another story where it seems like Aquaman is being a big jerk...but of course we all learn that the Sea King is merely performing a ruse to draw some bad guy out into the open. You'd think people would have more faith in the guy by now.

Art-wise, I love the two profiles Ramona Fradon pulls off in panel two of page two: that woman looks so cheesed off at Aquaman, and that shot of Arthur annoyingly pointing at himself makes me laugh.

Little known fact: This issue of Adventure Comics was brought to you by Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.



Anthony said...

Had to look up what "Sterling Cooper etc. etc." was, not ever having watched "Mad Men." Not that the Earth-2 Sea King needs an ad agency, as he's still active long after nearly all his All-Star Squadron buddies have retired/long since left the scene. ;-)

Wonder if Aquaman ever broke it to "TNT Dillon" that TNT and dynamite are two separate types of explosives...

Re: Superboy: Given the only other noteworthy active superhero's the far-from-Smallville/yet-to-be-introduced Aquaboy, maybe Smallville's just surprised to see *any* active super-type other than Superboy. Anyway, this issue's plot sees Superboy stymied by crooks who fly through the air with help from statues of famous flyers of the past. I don't write 'em, I just report 'em...

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Too bad Sterling Cooper didn't represent Aquaman for real. he might've scored a well-deserved cover of Adventure for a change.

James Chatterton