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 #232 (January 1957) - Aquaman Joins The Navy!
Aquaman temporarily joins the US Navy as part of recruitment drive, but doesn't tell his immediate superior officer who he is.
Finny Friends Report: Aquaman rides Topo to the Navy fleet. A bunch of octopuses help swab the decks. Whales rinse them. Eels create a chute for the dishes to slide into the water, and sponges wipe the dishes clean. Octopuses toss the dishes back aboard... and other octopuses safely catch and stack the dishes. Swordfish punch holes in the dangerous wreck to sink it. Aquaman rides Topo again to direct whales to create a breakwater on all sides of the destroyer.
Quotefile: Sailor, "This is sure one for the books! Say, who are you anyway -- Aquaman?" Aquaman, "Do I look like Aquaman?"
Aqua-Exclamations: Freems: "Great Seahorses!"
Glove Color: Green.
Regular Supporting Cast: Topo.
Aquaman is assigned by Admiral Hanley to the USS Clay, a destroyer. Aquaman serves under Chief Petty Officer Freems, who isn't informed that his new recruit is Aquaman. Admiral Hanley has a "secret signal" to reach Aquaman, three rocket flares shot at different levels.
Topo is identified in the second panel: "...Aquaman patrols the waters aboard his trusted sea steed, Topo the Octopus..."
Note: Aquaman is a recipient of the Navy Cross in the Golden Age, and has always worked closely with the Navy and the Coast Guard.
Have you read this story? What do you think?