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Sunday, August 10, 2014

World's Finest Comics #129 - Nov. 1962

Comics Weekend "The Menace of the Alien Fish" by Jack Miller(?) and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman meets an alien! Or maybe two...
The alien visitor explains that his(?) Lasso-Device can easy rope the runaway fish, but not with his ship in its current condition. Aquaman volunteers for the job, grabbing the gun, and heads out in a search for the third alien fish. He sends Aqualad in the other direction, but before long he overhears something shocking: a second alien, who is pushed around by the first at gunpoint!
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

Oh boy do I love the look of those aliens. Movies and comics can't really get away with "Little Green Men" anymore--I guess they're not imposing enough--but here they're weird little creatures, and work just fine. I love how the little guy's eyes pop out of his head when Aquaman pastes him one on the last page.

Also, as someone who has an affinity for turtles, I was happy to see them get a chance at saving the day. Maybe it's because Aquaman rode one of them during the credits to Super Friends, I don't know. In any case, I like how they dispense justice, albeit slowly.


Earth 2 Chris said...

That shadowy drawing of the one-eyed alien fish on page 2, panel 1 is kind of creepy. Looks like savage Mike Wazowski!

I didn't realize Fradon stuck around this long for another run. THIS may be Aquaman's true Golden Age, with an ongoing by Cardy, and back-ups by Fradon!


Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

I assume that these were stories for Adventure that were completed and paid for before Aquaman was moved out. I have no evidence to corroborate this, but it seems plausible considering DC's practices back then. They ran an organized ship, from what I've read. It looks like Mort Weisinger edited both Adventure and World's Finest. Interesting that Fradon, one of the few female comic artists at the time was working for a notorious personality like Wiesinger.

James Chatterton

Anthony said...

So the day is saved by a bunch of fighting turtles? How appropriate given this weekend's (for who-knows-why) successful TMNT film.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on Earth-1...

Re: the World's Finest: another Joker/Luthor team-up, this time striking a clock fair and hitting Supes with a disintegration weapon. "Joker-Luthor, Incorporated"? Wonder if that's who "Batman V Superman"'s legal-titled film sequel face off against. ("The exciting court case between Joker-Luthor, Inc. V Batman V Superman! And what happens when the King of the Seven Seas forms a Limited Liability Company?!")