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Sunday, September 14, 2014

World's Finest Comics #135 - Aug. 1963

Comics Weekend "The Creatures That Conquered Aquaman" by Jack Miller and Ramona Fradon.

It's Adventure Sunday!

As the (quite nifty) cover promises, this is a BIG Aquaman adventure!
Aqualad realizes Aquaman will die if he's stuck in that alien cage for more than an hour. At that moment, he hears the alien baddies say that if they keep the power bands on continuously, it will prevent them from resuming their real identities. He realizes this is the break he was looking for, and has some finny friends storm the beach.

As they distract the aliens, Aqualad sneaks in via some sea eagles and snaps up the fourth power band:
...and so ends another adventure for Aquaman and Aqualad!

After missing last issue of World's Finest thanks to an extra-long Green Arrow segment, Ollie returns the favor here by stepping aside so the Aquaman feature can be a few pages longer. Funnily enough, this story feels padded to me, at least near the end--maybe it's just because previous Aquaman stories move so fast and cram in so much in just a few panels that having any extra space seems luxurious!

DC would continue with this one on/one off format with Green Arrow for the next several months, culminating with Aquaman's final appearance in World's Finest and our final Adventure Sunday in just two weeks!


Joseph Brian Scott said...

I think you dropped a paragraph or something. :)

Anthony said...

Yeah, a few pages are missing. :-)

Sorry to see Adventure Sundays end... maybe you can come up with some other retro-themed feature? (Aquaman's Silver/Bronze Age JLA appearances?)

Elsewhere on Earth-1...

RE: the World's Finest: The heroes must stop a villain from the future who's looking to fuse 20th century Kryptonite with Thor's hammer to create a super-weapon.

rob! said...

Whoops, don't know how that happened! Anyway, pages restored.

Unknown said...

Viva Adventure Sunday!

Once again, Aquaman is ahead of his time: He predicts the head-band craze of '67.

Were these the same aliens that battled Batman every other month before Swartz and Infantino took over?

Re: the cover. Man, Bob's brother from Bottle Rocket sure looked different back then.

And man, I'm gonna miss Adventure Sundays.

James Chatterton