The Aquaman Shrine's Twitter feed went off like fireworks last week, upon news that the Sea King made an guest appearance in...Deadpool #9?!?
Yes--in "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (by Brian Posehn, Gerry Dugan, and Tony Moore), a certain blond-haired, orange-and-green-clad swimmer shows up on page twelve and...well, it's a good thing that this isn't really Aquaman:
I'm not sure what I find more absurd about this nifty illustration by the artist known as Butcher Billy (part of a whole "Post-Punk/New Wave Super Friends" series): Billy Idol subbing for Aquaman, or that an Aquaman book got to issue #197!
Aquaman manages to squeeze his mug into this JLA group shot, during their guest appearance in Starman #43 (June 1998). Considering that he doesn't appear at all inside the comic itself, this cover might hold the record for the slightest Sea King cameo ever!
The Fire and Water Podcast Presents: WHO'S WHO: THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE, Volume IX This time around we chat about WHO'S WHO: Volume IX, discussing characters such as Green Lantern (three different GLs, the Corps, and the Guardians), two incarnations of Green Arrow, Geo-Force, Gentleman Ghost, and many more! We wrap up the show with Who's Who Listener Feedback!
Comics Weekend "The Aqua-Mailman" by ? and Ramona Fradon.
It's Adventure Sunday!
Okay, this is slightly embarrassing.
As some of you more familiar with blogging probably already know, I don't use original paper copies of Adventure Comics as the image source for these posts: it would simply take much too long to scan, correct, and upload the hundreds and hundreds of pages just for these Adventure Sundays alone.
So I use scans of the original books, helpfully provided to me by Aqua-Fans over the years. Over time, I've received enough files from people that I now have a complete run of Aquaman in Adventure Comics, and that's what I've been using for these posts.
For some reason, every single digital version of Adventure Comics #215 (Aug. 1955) available to me features the story "The Super-Aquarium" as the Aquaman segment. But that's not correct--that story actually ran in this issue, #234! I don't know why this substitution was made, or why I didn't catch it while looking up the issue on Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics. So when I did the Adventure Sunday segment on #215, I was talking about the story that I should be talking about this week, for #234.
Of course, that means at the time I missed the story that did run in Adventure Comics #215, so I decided to right the ship by talking about that story, "The Aqua-Mailman", today. Confused? Me, too, but let's just keep moving:
Jim Blake keeps getting harder and harder deliveries to make, and contemplates packing it all in. But Aquaman refuses to give up, even when the task is to deliver a wreath on a sunken ship, which is now crushed under an iceberg:
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!
This is an incredibly wordy story (check out pages three and six, which reach Skeates-ian levels of verbosity), which doesn't leave Ramona Fradon a lot of room to really kick it up a notch--so we have to settle for her normal top-flight work on the strip. I like the idea that there are teeming masses of crooks just hanging around large bodies of water, just waiting to exploit other people's plans or ideas. I wonder, does this hold true as the areas get smaller? According to these Aquaman stories, the ocean has hundreds of bad guys hanging out. So that means there's dozens around lakes, a small group along rivers, and then just one or two really sad crooks waiting to run a scam around the local pond. Sorry about the story mix-up; The Aquaman Shrine is running an internal investigation to come up with answers as to how this mistake could have happened, and the people accountable will be sacked. Press conference to follow.
A gorgeous splash page courtesy Patrick Gleason and Christian Alamy from Aquaman (Vol.7) #22. I love the crazy perspective, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense in Reality but nonetheless looks great. And standing amid all the crazy angles are Bats and Aquaman, ramrod-straight. As it should always be.
F.O.A.M. member Brent Beyerle sent in this beautiful Aquaman sketch he had done by artist David Dell'oso, who works out of Pheonix, AZ. Check out his blog to see other great work including some more Aquaman stuff! Thanks Brent!
I don't know how the Shrine went this long before posting this...it's a bona-fide Aquaman theme song! Despite the graphic used in the video, this theme song did not appear on the 1975 Songs and Stories About The Justice League of America LP, which I had and played over and over again until it warped. The material from that record was cribbed from an earlier 1968 release, with some material--like the Aquaman theme song--cut out.
As a kid, I was confused why other characters that got solo audio adventures (Plastic Man, Metamorpho, Wonder Woman) were bestowed with custom theme songs, but Aquaman didn't. As far as I can tell, there isn't any material on the 1975 release that doesn't appear on the 1968 one, so why anything had to be cut at all is a mystery (as are a lot of things concerning the Power Records). In any case, it's two and a half minutes of goofy fun, so enjoy!
I love anything and everything about the DC Comics Superhero Sea World show, even if the pictures from it are fuzzy and indistinct, as this one is. It might be hard to make out, but that's Mera performing another amazing stunt as part of the show. I've always said, if I had a time machine, I'd probably go back and pick winning lottery numbers or invest in Apple or something. But once I was done with that stuff, I'm sure I'd attend at least a couple of these Sea World shows just so I could say I saw them live! BTW, if you want to learn more about the DC Comics Sea World show, visit my pal (and F.O.A.M.er) Marc Tyler Nobleman's truly amazing work on the subject, starting here!
This piece of merch is a real head scratcher. Clearly, the stickers are, or were at some point, officially licensed merchandise--the stock art shots are recognizable (a Kurt Schaffenberger Aquaman, a Neal Adams Green Arrow, and...is that a Jim Aparo Green Lantern?!?), as are the logos.
But the hang tag is where things get weird. Not only does it look like it was drawn by a child, but it features all Marvel characters! What the what?!?
THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST: Episode 51 The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN
Episode 51 - Aquaman #19, Firestorm #19, and Justice League #19 Reviews
Shag and Rob discuss JUSTICE LEAGUE #19 by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Rod Reis. Next we dive right into AQUAMAN #19 by Geoff Johns, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rod Reis, followed by THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MAN #19 by Dan Jurgens, Ray McCarthy, Karl Kesel, and Hi-Fi color! We wrap up with another massive dose of Listener Feedback!
Comics Weekend "The Sea Clown" by Bob Haney(?) and Ramona Fradon.
It's Adventure Sunday!
This particular adventure of Aquaman's looks very disturbing. Let's see if we can make it through together...
Aquaman gets sprayed by Wackyman's "whale", followed by almost getting sliced and diced by some mechanical swordfish! The Sea King manages to evade them all, but realizes that he'll never be able to get close enough to the crooks' boat. However, he then sees a Signal Fish and gets an idea:
...and so ends another adventure with Aquaman!
Sadly(?), Wackyman never made another appearance in the DCU. I can only assume he got out of a life of clowning and became an Aquaman Impersonator full-time, hitting the club circuit. Two shows a night, three on Saturdays.
"Death of a King Chapter Two" by Geoff Johns, Paul Pelletier, Sean Parsons, and Rod Reis.
This issue of Aquaman opens with our hero putting in a call to his old friend, Topo. But this is not the Topo many of us remember:
Members of Aquaman's Atlantean army are scared that "the monster" has been awakened, but the Sea King and Topo seem to have a relationship of mutual respect. Despite this, and Aquaman's pleas for help in finding The Scavenger, Topo retreats back into the crevice he came from, ignoring his king. In response, Aquaman seems crestfallen.
After a quick interlude with Orm in Belle Reve, we find Murk and Tula on the outskirts of Atlantis, where the former is going to visit an old friend(?) named Swatt. This being lives far away from most of Atlantis so he can "come and go" in private, and indeed when they arrive Swatt is gone. Murk thinks nothing of inviting himself in, which Swatt doesn't take too kindly to when he returns:
Murk is here to ask Swatt for help rescuing Orm, but before he can answer, Tula is called away by Aquaman for help. Meanwhile, a sailing boat is caught in the massive snowstorm caused by the Ice Giant seen at the end of last issue. Mera, knocked unconscious at first, wakes up to find the boat's passengers all dead:
Mera blasts the giant with a blast of frozen water, and then escapes into the sea. Many miles away, Aquaman and some of his army are on the trail of the Scavenger's ship. But a trap has been set for them, involving fuel being ignited, causing a massive explosion.
They all stagger to the beach, to find one of the two men who found the ships dead. Aquaman detects a second heartbeat coming from inside the ship, and he rips it open, finding their lost man, who looks as though he has undergone torture and experimentation.
Down below, Mera is found by two armored men, whom she seems to know. She asks to see someone named Nereus, who we learn is waiting to make his presence known...to his wife!
To be continued!
Overall, I thought this was a mixed issue of Aquaman. The New and Badass Topo reveal is great, but it sort of fizzles out when he tells the Sea King to go get stuffed, essentially. Obviously he'll come back into the story at some point (as they say, if you introduce a Topo in the first act, he has to go off in the second) but I, like Aquaman, was disappointed this great big intro amounted to very little.
I'm intrigued of course to learn that Mera is/was married, and I'm already looking forward to Aquaman and Nereus squaring off. How The Others fit into this, I have no idea--I'm more than a little surprised Geoff Johns is working them back into the book so soon.
Art-wise, this is a fairly dense issue, with some pages having eight or nine panels of dialogue. There's a two-page spread of Mera swimming around the ship's burial ground that's well executed, and the full page shot of Topo rising into the frame is icky fun (well designed and executed by Pelletier and Parsons, and, as usual, beautifully colored by Reis). I hope we get to see him eat Murk soon!
This striking illustration of Injustice Gods Aquaman is by new F.O.A.M. member Louie Joyce. The chiarascuro is wonderfully done, as is the overall design of the piece. Nice job Louie, and welcome to F.O.A.M.!
(Looking for Aquaman? He's never far from an Aquafina machine!)
These photos of various members of the Aqua-Family at the 2013 MegaCon come courtesy F.O.A.M.er Dustan Garrison.I love how sparkly Arthur and Mera are nowdays--Rod Reis, the Shrine is looking in your direction!
Dustan also took this adorable picture of Captain Cold vs. Li'l Flash. It's not Aquaman-related of course, but it was too cute to pass up. Thanks Dustan!
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