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Sunday, July 20, 2014

World's Finest Comics #126 - June 1962

Comics Weekend "Aquaman's Super Sea Circus" by Jack Miller and Nick Cardy.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman just can't help performing charitable works for Surface Dwellers, even if it sometimes it causes trouble:
Aquaman and Aqualad get shot out of a cannon, only for Topo to do the same, where the three of them collide in the sky! Aquaman, unconscious, falls into the sea in front of the shocked spectators:
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

I was kinda glad that there was nothing sinister behind Topo's behavior; as Aquaman said, he's just a big ham! But of course he gets to redeem himself, taking care of the bad guys with extreme prejudice. Crook-wise, I don't really think there's much shame being defeated by an octopus wearing boxing gloves, since how could anyone prepare for such an occurrence?

By the way, if this story title sounds a little familiar, it's because he participated in "Aquaman's Sea Circus" in Adventure Comics #154. I guess in the intervening decade, comic editors felt they needed the adjective to jazz it up a bit.


Anthony said...

Wonder what the last comic was that had Topo drawn with cartoonish eyes (as seen in this story)?

Elsewhere on Earth-1...

Re: the World's Finest: Luthor creates a "negative" double of Superman that's dedicated to crime, which gives the World's Finest a problem.

Speaking of recycled titles/premises, this story has a similar title and premise to 1954's "The Phantom Superman" from Action Comics #199. Either this issue's events are the Earth-1 versions of the Earth-2 Superman and Aquaman's adventures, or someone with writer's block was rushing to meet a deadline. :-p

Earth 2 Chris said...

DC did A LOT of recycling from the mid 40s through the late 60s. Sometimes they'd only wait about 5 years before dusting an old story off and slightly tweaking it to redraw and republish. The thought back then was the readership turned over every 5-7 years or so. My, how times change, huh?