Sunday, August 03, 2014

World's Finest Comics #128 - Sept. 1962

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Comics Weekend "The Trial of Aquaman" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman is put on trial! If the green glove fits, you must acquit:
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Aquaman's intransigence on the stand is noticed by a couple of shady-looking guys in the courtroom, who are worried that if Aquaman goes to jail, he won't be able to do any more looting for them. What the what?

Later that day, Aquaman is convicted killing Aqualad, and is took away to jail in his giant fish tank (oh, the indignity). But on the way, those crooks get the drop on the cops, and smash Aquaman free, carrying him away!
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...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!


*Whew* Good to know that Aquaman had not, in fact gone plumb loco and turned into a bad guy--it was of course all a ruse to trick the crooks into revealing where the kidnapped Aqualad was.
I really enjoyed Aquaman being such a jerk on the stand, Ramona Fradon does wonders with body language, making the Sea King look like he's just a second away from punching a bunch of Surface Dwellers. Ironic(?) that the Tootsie Roll ad that fills the bottom half of page seven also takes place in a court room, thereby confusing some of the more slow-witted comic book readers of the 1960s.

1 comment:

Anthony said...

A founding JLAer on trial for murder? Yeah, I'd expect OJ-level coverage... or at least a cameo by Lois Lane/Clark Kent/Vicky Vale covering this for the Daily Planet/Gotham Gazette. :-)

Elsewhere on Earth-1...

Re: the World's Finest: Superman's vulnerability to kryptonite is transferred to Batman due to Red Kryptonite exposure, and Batman's body becomes distorted due to Red K. All that and Robin (again) standing by to comment on the action on the cover. :-p