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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Adventure Comics #252 - Sept. 1958

Comics Weekend "The Robinson Crusoe of the Sea" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman, stranded on an island? How is that even possible? Well, let's sit right back and hear a tale...
Topo helps Aquaman find food, but danger lurks in the form of some wild bobcats who seem ready to attack. With the help of some turtle pals acting as shields, Aquaman and Topo fend the bobcats off.

When he gets back to the beach, Aquaman notices "the notorious pirate, Captain Troy",  attacking a tramp steamer. But since he's allergic to salt water, what's the Sea King to do?
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Topo really does all the heavy lifting--literally and figuratively--in this story. Aside from helping Aquaman figure out that he's no longer suffering from the chemicals, he fights off the bobcats alongside his hero, and acts as a sort of greek chorus for the audience (check out panel 5 of page 2, where Ramona Fradon cleverly drew Topo mimicking his pal's mood).

We also get to see Topo give Aquaman a full-on military salute, something I want to see in every Aquaman story going forward. Somebody call Geoff Johns!


Anthony said...

Cute story... including Topo in fine form. :-)

Nice showing off of Aquaman's abilities (in the artwork) in getting the ship off the reef.

Re: Superboy: Superboy's computer predicts an invasion from another dimension through a specific spots above Smallville is imminent, requiring him to stay put there until it happens.

Aquaman1054 said...

What a wonderfully entertaining story! Topo was the bomb in this one. I love Ramona Fradon's Aqua art, as always. But the way she rendered Topo, especially throwing off a salute to Arthur gave me a good chuckle.

Russell said...

I guess the colorists in this era couldn't decide if Aquaman was wearing green gloves, yellow gloves, or no gloves at all!

Great story, and I love Topo saluting Aquaman, too.

Joseph Brian Scott said...

Very cute! Loved it.

Boy, Topo was sure giving Krypto a run for his money in the super-pet personality dept. And he had Mogo the Bat-Ape beat all hollow.

Anthony said...

Topo and Krypto have teamed up in comics at least once---in 2009's "DC Super Friends" #14 (the all-Super Pets issue). The cover: