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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Adventure Comics #258 - March 1959

Comics Weekend "The Incredible Fish of Doctor Danton!" by Jack Miller(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

This month, Aquaman takes on some mutants. No, not those:
Aquaman spies a mutated electric eel shooting bolts of electricity into a nearby lighthouse, so the Sea King commands a school of "regular" eels to surround it, drawing its out of control bursts of power into themselves, rendering the mutant eel harmless for the moment. But that's just one problem is left to solve: next up is an octopus with elastic tentacles!
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!

Another story brought to vivid life by Ramona Fradon. I particularly love the dialogue-less panel on page five, with the family watching their food disappear right off the table. Combine that with Dr. Danton's EC-esque visage, and this makes for one of Ms. Fradon's best Aquaman jobs.

Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Aquaman would so cheerfully help collect some of his finny friends to live in Danton's tanks? To a sea creature, living in a tank is essentially prison, so it seems odd to me that Aquaman would not only be okay with, but actively participate in, his friends' forced imprisonment. Maybe it's a good thing next issue is his last adventure (*sniff*).


Anthony said...

Maybe he asked his sea friends if they'd volunteer for living with the Doctor?

Now that you said that mutants remark, wouldn't mind seeing Aquaman face off against/team up with Wolverine ("those" mutants). :-p

Re: Superboy: Superboy first builds his time-viewer, and gets a glimpse of Green Arrow in action in the future, including learning his secret identity. Later, when the then-present teenaged Oliver moved to Smallville for a time, Clark decides to befriend him and help him fulfill his destiny. One problem: Ollie's a terrible archer.

Interesting that Superboy meets the young Oliver Queen this soon, yet took a bit over a decade after this story to meet the teenaged Aquaman.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Fradon renders the best multi-spout whale I've ever seen.

I had a reprint of that Superboy story when I was a wee lad. Come to think of it, I also had the Superboy/Aquaboy issue and the World's Finest where young Bruce Wayne moves in with the Kents. Smallville sure was happening back then.

James Chatterton