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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Adventure Comics #240 - Sept. 1957

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

It's Adventure Sunday!

A-B-C is not always as easy as 1-2-3, as Aquaman will soon learn...
Aquaman continues to help Sinker, and they work through the letters D-H for this book. For the letter I, Aquaman volunteers to photograph the sunken island of Atlantis:
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

You know, I was going to (gently) ding this story a little bit, because Aquaman is being way too nice--even for him--to this month's knuckleheaded Surface Dweller. But all my critical faculties (such as they are) fell away when I got to the very last panel, wonderfully drawn by Ramona Fradon:
...I could seriously look at this all day.


Anthony said...

Must've been a "back to school" themed issue, between this Aquaman story and the Superboy story...

Of historical interest is that (per Wikipedia) Christmas Island was transferred from British to Australian authority in the year this story was published, 1957.

Re: Superboy: a robot teacher Jor-El built to teach Kal-El survived Krypton's explosion, and arrives on Earth to put Superboy through a series of super-tests. The robot teacher reappears 20 years later in a 70s Superboy story.

Russell said...

..."Mr. Sinker, or whoever you are...."

Aquaman's no fool. He KNOWS he's been hanging out with President Eisenhower, but he's too cool to let the President know that he's on to him.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I know most of these old stories were pretty corny, but I kinda liked this one. Call me a cornball, I guess.
And yeah, that guy did look like Ike, didn't he?

Joseph Brian Scott said...

We must guard against the influence of the marine-invertebrate complex...

Cute story. I really like the panel of Aquaman wading into the surf.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Slight story, maybe, but Ramona Fradon's art carries the day. These weekly posts have really given me a new appreciation for her talent. She was up there with DC's best in the 50's. I coulrvd see this being the work of Binder. It's reminiscent of his work on Capt. Marvel. Way too tame for Haney.

Oh, and I like Ike too.

James Chatterton