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Friday, February 07, 2014

Aquaman Letter of the Week

(Brave and the Bold #129, Sept. 1976)


Jorge PR said...

Seems to me the guy who wrote the letter didn't get the line: "They won't believe me... the undersea freak" at all. By "they", Arthur definitely referred to toer people (I don't think Atlanteans, but more of "surface dwellers"), and by "undersea ferak", he referred to himself, as he thinks the surface dwellers would see him: an undersea freak. Some people should understan the lines before writing. But as we say here, ignorance is daring.

Wil Radcliffe said...

Read it in the voice of "Comic Book Guy" from "The Simpsons" and it will make a lot more sense.

Joseph Brian Scott said...

HA ha! Wildcat was in the very next issue. I can picture that kid gnashing his teeth.

Unknown said...

I loved The Brave and the Bold as a kid, but always wondered: What the heck is with all this Wildcat and Sgt. Rock nonsense? It did seem like they were in every other issue. Still, I think this kid had rocks in his head. Aquaman did not appear that often.

James Chatterton

The Daily Superman Podcast said...

I think all of the Sgt. Rock appearances had to have been a sales driving inclusion, I believe all of DC's War Books, especially Sgt. Rock were selling extremely well, and it was probably nothing more than an attempt to lure some of those readers over to Brave & the Bold. If they kept doing it, it must've been working. This would've been right around the time that DC started the "Dollar Comics" era, which were oversized and more expensive anthology books. A $1 for a comic, even oversized, was a lot back then, and while this format didn't last long for all of the books, I think Our Army At War ran in this format almost continually for about 60 issues or so? There were also multiple Sgt. Rock specials and annuals at this elevated price point as well. So the DC War books were obviously having strong sales even at that higher price tag during this era, so it only made sense to bring in Rock to try and boost sales.

I'd be interested to see single issue sales from this era and see how B&B compared to the DC War books, and if there were significant increases in sales in the issues of B&B featuring Sgt. Rock to verify my reasoning.