I'm reading every Aquaman solo adventure in publication order. After I read each story I will post the cover/splash page and a few thoughts on the story.
Adventure #211 (April 1955) - The Mystery of the Seven Sea Statues!
After a statue of Aquaman in Ocean Square is left unfinished due to lack of funds, Aquaman goes around planting statues of himself.
Finny Friends Report: On the splash page, Aquaman rides his sea cow and a turtle, octopus, and seal carry his other statues. Later he rides the sea cow. He also rides two whales and has them form a wave to reveal one of the statues. Aquaman rides to the treasure ship by holding ropes carried by two huge sea eagles.
Captured/Knocked Out report: Aquaman is put on trial for being a public nuisance in this story.
Quotefile: Text box, "Is it possible that Aquaman's disappointment has brought out a secret side of his nature?"
Glove Color: Green. This is the first time Aquaman's gloves are shown as green instead of yellow.
The ultimate explanation of why Aquaman put up the statues isn't very convincing or satisfying. It does show that Aquaman doesn't really care about the public's opinion of him, which is a recurring theme among these older stories. In this story he allows the public to think that he's vain and upset about not being properly honored, all to allow the Navy to conduct some secret tests.
Have you read this story? What do you think?