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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Adventure Comics #231 - Dec. 1956

Comics Weekend "Three Fates For Aquaman" by Bob Haney(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman being felled by...a fish? Say it isn't so!
With the help of some Sponge Fish and some Whales, Aquaman saves the ship by sinking it, thereby keeping it from being ripped apart by the typhoon. Score another for the Think Machine!

This leads Aquaman to believe that the Think Machine can actually tell the future, which means the Sea King will die at the hands(?) of a fish, which of course is more than a mite unsettling:
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

I'd say the Think Machine was being too cute by a half, but hey it's batting average was pretty good all in all. Better than the blind optimists behind the Marne World of Tomorrow's other exhibits, like the bridge stretching from the East Coast to Europe. Nowadays we're lucky if we can get a Post Office named without it becoming some partisan battlefield.

He's done it many times before, but I love Aquaman's whole falling-from-the-sky-thanks-to-some-Sea-Eagles bit. It's fun and dramatic and always makes for a killer panel, as the Sea King drops onto crooks heads, seemingly from out of nowhere!


Anthony said...

Boy, those must be some strong sea eagles... still, yay sea eagles!

Still no name yet for Topo, just "the octopus."

Re: Superboy: Superboy does favors for several people that helped him as Superbaby.

Russell said...

So, uh.....how exactly does Aquaman "ride" an octopus? That's just a silly image.

Besides, everyone knows that octopi have no "mussels" to support him! haha, get it? Haha, I crack myself up.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Shouldn't the caption on page 2, panel 5 read "...atop his pet octopus, Topo?"

Those darned sea eagles have got me wondering...are they purely the domain of Earth-2? I sure don't recall the Earth-1 Aquaman showing off with sea eagles in the JLA. By god, if I was him, I would've used them to annoy Hawkman at every opportunity. Here's my latest theory: The use of sea eagles is the separation point between the end of the golden age and beginning of the silver age.

Or, maybe Mike Sekowsky just couldn't draw a sea eagle worth a dang. After all, we can't all be Ramona Fradon.

James Chatterton

Mike Carlson said...

The little superman is so cute!