Sunday, September 01, 2013

Adventure Comics #250 - July 1958

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

It's Adventure Sunday!

Despite Aquaman's rage, he's still just a fish in a cage:
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Aquaman is trapped in Dr. Rush's cage, so he commands two of his finny friends to help free him, to no avail. While his equipment take readings of his famous subject, Rush heads out to collect more examples of sea vegetation.

Aquaman knows there are warnings of a storm approaching, and despite all he's been through, he's still worried about Rush being caught up in it:
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...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

An anti-climactic end to be sure, this story is really a showcase for Ramona Fradon, who gets to draw all sorts of mad scientist doo-dads and whatchamajiggers. The (unknown) colorist adds a lot too,  using mostly monochromatic tones while Aquaman is under water.

Dr. Rush was never seen again (of course), so I can only assume he ended up working for Dow Chemical, making sea-napalm or something for the upcoming Vietnam Conflict.


3 comments:

Anthony said...

The story seems to hinge on an odd point: that Aquaman doesn't know how/why he has powers. Which doesn't mesh with either the Earth-2 Arthur (his scientist father taught him to live underwater) or the Earth-1 Arthur (his mother told him on her deathbed that she hailed from Atlantis). Such was the mid-to-late 50s transition from the Golden to Silver Age, I guess...

Re: Superboy: Superboy is informed by a Scotland Yard inspector from 2958 AD (named Lorac-K7) that a criminal from her time is on the loose in present-day Smallville, disguised as a citizen. Again, more transitory stories---once the Legion became popular, they pretty much became *the* "1000 years from now" future of Superman's titles; I suppose Lorac-K7's future might just be an alternate to the Legion's. That or the UK of the Legion's era likes naming kids bizarre names that sound like some motor oil brand...

Anthony said...

Er, make that "Superboy is informed by a Scotland Yard inspector from 2958 AD that a criminal from his time named Lorac-K7 is on the loose in the present day."

Anonymous said...

It's not Artie's finest hour. "Gee, thanks for letting me rule the sea, pal. Now kindly step off my whale and swim the rest of the way home."