Sunday, March 17, 2013

Adventure Comics #226 - July 1956

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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:
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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":
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...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.

 

2 comments:

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