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Sunday, August 17, 2014

World's Finest Comics #130 - Dec. 1962

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

It's Adventure Sunday!

Aquaman undergoes a kooky transformation, and it's up to Aqualad to save him!
Aquaman, now in control of the land animals, runs roughshod over the authorities. After escaping the zoo, they head off into the woods, leaving Aqualad behind. The chief chemist arrives, and tells the young hero that if Aquaman doesn't receive the antidote within one hour, he will die!

A plan is devised, and Aqualad makes his way into the jungle, to see if he can talk sense into his mentor:
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

Oh man, this was one of those "It was all a dream" cop-outs! And I was really hoping this story was canon, I loved the idea of a green, monster-faced Aquaman running around.

Of course, I love Ramona Fradon's design for Aquaman's transformation, it looks so wonderfully iconic, like one of those Ben Cooper Halloween masks.


Earth 2 Chris said...

Seems odd that they'd pull back like that at the last minute while Batman, a character who in theory is less fantastic, is going through some whacked-out transformation in his books every month!

I like that monster design too. Looks a bit Skrull-like.


Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Say what you will about Bob Haney, but I don't think he ever reverted to the "it was all a dream" copout. He was too busy taking all those 70's Brave and Bold plot twists seriously to resort to a cheap trick like that.

Wonder what this says about Aqualad's subconscious? Think Aquaman was letting him watch too much TV?

James Chatterton

Anthony said...

Yeah, why the "It was all a dream" copout? The story running up against its pagecount or something? :-p

Agree Aquaman looked Skrull-like...

Elsewhere on Earth-1...

Re: World's Finest: Taken verbatim from my source: "In order to stop a star-shaped creature from destroying the Earth, Superman must voyage to four planets in search of an antidote, and Batman and Robin must join a travelling circus in space." What Earth-2 Chris said about Batman's bizarreness during this period despite his "realism". ;-)

R Duncan said...

Likes like the first appearance of Kordax to me.

Joseph Brian Scott said...

I really like this story; Aquaman now had something to contribute when Supes and Bats were sitting around talking about their crazy "dream" adventures.

And whoever was inking Fradon here, giving the proceedings that pleasing angularity, deserves some kudos.