It's Adventure Sunday!
Just in time for Aquaman's final appearance in Detective Comics (and I pretty much mean that literally), he finally is involved in an actual mystery! Break out the magnifying glass and fingerprint kit, Arthur!
The treasure map points to the surface as the next stop, so Aquaman and Aqualad head there, finding their way to a cave at the far end of a lagoon. Waiting for them there is Professor Peters, who is confused when our heroes mention that his "friends" have been looking for him. In fact, these guys are crooks who have been on Peters' trail in attempt to steal the golden idols for themselves! Holy Belloch!
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!
Talking about going out on a winner! This was my favorite of all of the Detective Comics stories--first off, I'm a sucker for any Raiders of the Lost Ark-esque adventure, and all this particular story needs is Peters to have a hat and a whip. Secondly, Nick Cardy ups his game--if that was ever really possible--with some wonderfully dynamic sequences, like page two with the vines ("Vines, why did it have to be vines?") and page five, which is draped in shadow. Plus, I just plain love the fun of panel one on page six, with Aquaman and Aqualad just barreling into the bad guys like a couple of wrestlers. I could have seen a whole page of that.
After this brief run in Detective, Aquaman appeared "just" in his solo title and in Justice League of America. But DC wasn't done with him quite yet as a back-up star: a few months down the line, he started appearing in World's Finest Comics, which we will start covering next week, beginning our final stretch of Adventure Sundays!