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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Adventure Comics #263 - Aug. 1959

Comics Weekend "The Great Ocean Election" by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

If Aquaman thinks pirates are unsavory to deal with, just wait until he gets involved in politics!
The local citizenry attempt to pick up the sea shell messages, but are stopped at gunpoint(!) by hired goons of the Governor, who say that these shells are considered litter, and are being removed at once. Aquaman's direct marketing campaign has failed!

Vic is despondent, but Aquaman refuses to give up. He tries one last effort latet that day, which leads people to a "big sea show" where Vic will have the chance to talk to potential voters directly:
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman!

I wonder if Aquaman ever went back to see how well a job as governor Vic Wake did? I think he was a little too swayed by Vic's water-related last name, but who knows? We never saw Vic again so for all I know he ended up a pretty good public official.

Ramona Fradon does excellent work (Ibid), especially on Vic Wake's body language. He's such a sad sack through the whole story, you don't really need to read the dialogue to understand what's happening in any given panel.


Anthony said...

Wonder why they didn't just make it a US state instead of a rather American-feeling fictional island country?

Re: Superboy: when Pa Kent is given $1000 for saving a detective's life (a deed actually done by Clark), he finds a way to give it back ethically---paying said detective the money to discover Superboy's secret identity.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Has "Honest Vic Wake been resurrected lately? I'm sure the new 52 could use an honest politician.

James Chatterton