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Sunday, August 24, 2014

World's Finest #131 - Feb. 1963

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!
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:
...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.


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