Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 157

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 #234 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #234 (March 1957) - The Super-Aquarium

Aquaman is collected for an alien Aquarium.

Quotefile: Alien, "We have gathered the most amazing creatures of the seas on all the planets -- and you are the one we have chosen to represent Earth!"

Aqua-Exclamations: "Great Sailfish"

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: none. Although octopi show up in this story, Aquaman never calls any one Topo or rides one of them.

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman is attacked by a swordfish with two swords, an octopus that has elastic tentacles, and a flying whale. He shows the aliens a Bahamian Scallop, but they aren't impressed. He also shows them a Giant Bat Fish. Finally he shows off a "tank fish", an armored fish with electrified feelers, multiple tentacles, and a sword. The aliens take the tank fish, but the electric eels, the octopi, and swordfish that were filling the shell drop away before the ship takes off.

Captured/Knocked Out report: Aquaman is captured by a giant pincer and put in a holding tank. He talks his way out of the tank, but has to trick the aliens into letting him out of the pincer.

There just isn't a lot to say about this one. If my rule about the Silver Age starting just a few months previous to this story, then this is the first "alien visitors" story of Aquaman's Silver Age. There have been three space stories so far, in Adventure #196, Adventure #216, and Adventure #222. Aquaman is running 50/50 with aliens so far. The first ones he met were friendly, the next were invading. The third was also friendly, but these ones are hostile.

Have you read this story? What do you think?