Friday, August 17, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 143

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 #220 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #220 (January 1956)

Jim Blake, who looks just like Aquaman, is too afraid to swim despite being an expert swimmer.

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman rides his sea cow at the very beginning of the tale.

Glove Color: Green.

Quotefile: Aquaman, "That man... he look amazingly like me! ... I seem to remember him from somewhere!" maybe your mirror?

Aquaman last ran into a perfect double in Adventure #177. Whatever happened to Tommy Leeds, I wonder?

Johnny Blake is a retired Navy pilot, and Aquaman's memory of where and when he met him is triggered by seeing that Blake is wearing a purple heart. I don't know of many vets who actually wear their medals unless required or requested to do so. The art also doesn't show a purple heart.

The other people who witness Blake's inability to save his own girlfriend from the water shun him and tease him mercilessly. This is why Aquaman intervenes. The folks discover that it's Aquaman pretending to be Blake, though, and so Aquaman tells them why Blake is afraid. That shuts them up and shames them.

Aquaman takes advantage of a later situation to attempt to cure Blake of his water phobia, and it apparently works. Again, Aquaman ignores his own reputation in order to help someone.

Have you read this story? What do you think?