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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Adventure Comics #278 - Nov. 1960

Comics Weekend "Aqualad Goes To School" by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Enough fun for you, Aqualad!
Aquaman determines that he needs to help Aqualad pass the test, since he knew all the answers yesterday, and will know them once the concussion wears off. Using his mental powers, Aquaman gives Aqualad visual cues that helps Aqualad's memory trigger the correct answers.
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

A cute story; nice to see Aquaman get a chance to show how much he cares for his young charge. I also love the last "gag" panel, something Aquaman writers generally shied away from in previous stories.

One more thing: my admiration for the art of Ramona Fradon knows no bounds, but sometimes she even outdoes herself. On the second page, we see a full on shot of the principal:
...I love how cartoony yet officious Principal Tracy looks here--he almost doesn't seem like the same species as the rest of the characters in the story. Its like a character from a Mad magazine parachuted into this Aquaman comic book.


Anthony said...

Nice story, indeed...I wonder how long Aqualad kept going to school, though.

Re: Superboy: Down about Superman not judging her ready to be adopted from Midvale Orphanage, Supergirl hits on the idea of going back in time to Superboy's era, revealing who she is secretly to Ma and Pa Kent, and spend time with the Kents while seeing if she can keep her identity a secret. She almost succeeds, but fails at the last moment, and heads back to her own time.

This story seemed to emphasize that Superboy was set in the past (Linda notes how old-fashioned the cars look, as well as the lack of television), versus the vaguely defined setting in some 50s stories.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Where was Aquaman when I had to take a test? I think I needed more help than Aqualad ever did. Love the school on the coast. I've lived on the California coast my entire life, and I've never seen one of those.

James Chatterton

Joseph Brian Scott said...

The teacher has something in common with Aquaman and Aqualad.