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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Adventure Comics #237 - June 1957

Comics Weekend "The Secret of the Sea King" by Otto Binder(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

It feels a little wrong to even bother to examine what the Aquaman story is this month; because there's no way it's going to be as entertaining as whatever Superboy story follows this cover. But let's trudge ahead:
Aquaman's name becomes mud to Surface Dwellers. It gets so bad that when a cargo ship gets caught in a massive storm, its captain waves the Sea King, not wanting his help!

Aquaman understands, but refuses to give up. He orders some whale pals to rescue the ship, with no one on board realizing it was Aquaman who gave the command:
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Yet another story of Aquaman doing the right thing while everyone is thinking he's doing the wrong thing. But this one has some extra little bits of business that keep it from being entirely a retread--I love the scenes of the people on land, who are so quick to believe the worst about the Sea King (gee thanks guys!).

Also--while Aquaman's final line isn't meant to have a double meaning, in our current parlance it can't help but read a little funny: Aquaman just loves being a Confirmed Bachelor! None of this Moody Xebel Refugee stuff for him, no sir!


jim said...

"...I love the scenes of the people on land, who are so quick to believe
the worst about the Sea King (gee thanks guys!)."

See?? Namor was right not to trust the Surface Dwellers!!

Anthony said...

Given nobody trusts Namor (unlike DC's Sea King), guess the feeling's mutual. ;-)

Wonder what'd happen if someone showed up late not having heard about this being a hoax... ("Get the Fish Man! Make him leave the sea eagles alone!" "Sorry, pal, it's just a hoax. Aquaman's a good guy." "He is? Darn...maybe I shouldn't have gotten that 'I Loathe the Fish Man' tattoo..."). ;-)

Re: Superboy: This month's story sees Superboy return from a mission to learn that everyone in Smallville's been turned into a robot.

Unknown said...

The whale, being an air-breathing mammal and not a fish, would drown if restrained on the ocean floor.

r duncan said...

That Superboy cover is freaky. Reminds me of Futurama.

Joseph Brian Scott said...

"The Secret of the Sea King" is probably catchier than "The Persecution of Aquaman As Performed by the Inmates of The Asylum of Charenton Under the Sea".

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

6 pages a month, and Aquaman's complaining about how busy he is? That's nothing compared to Superman's schedule at the time (Superman, Action, World's Finest...and a TV show to boot).

Good call on the whale, Barron. That's a telltale sign that we're in the Haney-verse now.

James Chatterton