Friday, September 07, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 158

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 #235 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #235 (April 1957) - The Show-Off of the Sea

While performing historical re-enactments for a TV show, Aquaman can't seem to resist having his finny friends save him instead of sticking to the script.

Captured/Knocked Out report: As Aquaman approaches the pirate ship prop, he is nearly blown up by a floating mine. He is apparently undamaged.

Quotefile: Mr Stone, "Aquaman, this is the second time you've ruined a show, just to prove how cleverly you've trained your fish!" Aquaman, "All I can say is, I'm sorry! I... uh... just couldn't resist the temptation to put on my own act!"

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo (misindentified as "Toco").

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman rides up on Topo (Toco). A swordfish frees Aquaman during the Captain Kidd sequence. In the Count of Monte Cristo scene, an octopus unties Aquaman then throws him to the deck of the ship. The whale pushes him out of danger during the Moby Dick sequence.

Only nine months previous to this there was a story called "The Showoff of the Seven Seas". Like in that story, Aquaman has a secret. And, again, he doesn't care what people think about him... he does what needs to be done. Other than that, the two stories have nothing in common.

Aquaman last appeared on live TV over ten years previously. That wasn't a planned show, though. The opening text box says, "The famed Aquaman has always lent his expert assistance to TV shows wishing to film sea stories." That may be so, but we haven't really seen much.

This story also brings to mind Adventure #217. Only in this one, Aquaman keeps the problem secret. Well, mostly secret. Captain Wood, another consultant on the set, figures out what Aquaman is hiding, and why.

Have you read this story? What do you think?