Sunday, August 24, 2014

World's Finest #131 - Feb. 1963

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Comics Weekend "The Man Who Controlled Water" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman takes on a bad guy who can control water! After so many Adventure Sundays, I can't think of anything clever to say!
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Aquaman has his finny friends fin out and check out the entire area, looking for the professor's hideout. Meanwhile, the Sea King retrieves something from the mainland...

A Sea Lantern finds the professor in a nearby cove, and Aquaman and Aqualad head there, only to find him gone! Yet there are three giant water monsters headed out to sea:
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...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!


This story ends way, way too quickly! A guy who can manipulate the water and turn it into various creatures is a perfect villain for Aquaman, and while we've been through this before, I can't believe he was never brought back. Sure, he's not very imposing, but surely some future crook could find Professor Polloy's ray machine, rebuild it, and go on a crime spree?

Ramona Fradon does some of her best work here, the action scenes are a total delight to look at and Aquaman looks so wonderfully heroic. And that last panel with Polly cursing the heavens is too good for words.


3 comments:

Anthony said...

ARTHUR: "I guess that's the last time we'll ever meet anyone using hard water powers... (to Aqualad) So, who wants ice cream?"

;-)

Elsewhere on Earth-1...

Re: the World's Finest: the heroes encounter a new would-be hero calling himself the Crimson Avenger (not to be confused with the Earth-2/Golden Age character of the same name).

Laurie S. Sutton said...

Right now I'm writing a Scooby-Doo adventure for Capstone Books, and the Professor's last line in the final panel of this Aquaman story reminds me of what a villain would say to Mystery Inc. at the end of a case: "And I would've gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!" (Wow, would I ever love to write a Scooby/Aquaman crossover!)

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

That must have been one heck of a ray. It not only solidified water, but gave it sentient life as well. I'd put Professor Polloy in Luthor's class.

Scooby and Shaggy go scuba diving? I think the world is finally ready to see that.

James Chatterton