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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Adventure Comics #241 - Oct. 1957

Comics Weekend "The Mutiny Against Aquaman" by Otto Binder(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman has had the Surface World turn against him time and time again, because they're frequently a bunch of dicks. But now that his finny friends are revolting, can the Sea King survive?!?
Aquaman shows the young man that, under his command, the normally fearsome sharks, swordfish, and octopi are docile! Soon after, he chaperones Curtis under water, where he can develop his "act" with them.

Mr. Forrest is none too pleased at this development, so he pours a toxic chemical into the ocean which has some frightening results...causing Aquaman's finny friends to go berserk!
...and with that horrible pun, so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Based on these and other comic stories, it seems like the insurance industry was like the Wild West back in the 1940s and 50s--they signed policies to everyone, people with more-than-suspect motives. But I guess sociopaths pay their premiums like everyone else, so... (my Dad started working in insurance in the 1960s, I should ask him if the industry policed itself and cleaned up its act).

As I have mentioned before, I am a sucker for ant story that involved men in old-timey diving suits. I don't know why exactly, I just am--I guess cause they look kinda futuristic and retro at the same time. Maybe it's because I would never have the guts to do it myself. And when they're drawn by Ramona Fradon, they look just that much cooler.



Anthony said...

I like circus-guy's "Uh-huh..." word balloon on page 3. He seems to have the same uncertainty toward "let's feed the sharks" that I would...

Re: Superboy: The villain's some guy with a crudely-fashioned giant box (with what it does written on a sign Scotch-taped to the side) strapped to his back that gives him powers?! (Reads the description from his source) "'Wizard' Holton tricks Krypto into jumping into a box on Holton's back, then hypnotizes Krypto to make it look like Holton has super-powers." Geez louise, that sounds incredibly stupid (among other things, isn't carrying a dog around like that rather heavy?!)... maybe Black Jack *did* migrate to Earth-1 (and went into some villain-teaching business)...

Anonymous said...

That guy was lucky he ran into the 50's Superboy instead of Superboy Prime. S.P. did not have a sense of humor.

Russell said...

Did this guy turn out to be The Scavenger? It's the same retro diving suit. ;-)

Unknown said...

Viva, uh, Last Sunday's Adventure Sunday!

In London on vacation this week, so I'm a little late on everything.

A lawyer named Horace? On Earth-2? he may as well have just jumped up and down in the opening panel singing "I'm the bad guy! I'm the bad guy!". Wonder if he got a job after parole as the fake ghost of the week on Scooby Doo?

James Chatterton

rob! said...

"In London on vacation this week"

Oh shut up!