Monday, September 10, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 159

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 #236 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #236 (May 1957) - The Iceberg of Doom

Aquaman becomes suspicious when a single iceberg hits and sinks three ships owned by the same merchant.

Finny Friends Report: On the splash page, Aquaman clings to a chain of octopi. When the first freighter hits an iceberg, a seal uses the Sea Siren to alert Aquaman. Aquaman rides Topo to the scene of the sinking, then Topo helps rescue the people on the overturned lifeboat. At the second sinking, Aquaman ties old leaky lifeboats to the back of a whale for the rescued sailors to ride to safety on. At the third sinking, Aquaman has sharks, swordfish, and octopi help rescue the cargo and deliver it to port. To save the fourth ship, Aquaman has thousands of sponges fling themselves onto the iceberg to cushion the ship. Electric eels "blast" a path through the iceberg into its core. Flying fishes drop a giant lariat over the iceberg, and whales pull the berg into another iceberg, smashing it. Dolphins rescue the bad guys.

Captured/Knocked Out report: Aquaman is captured when he enters the iceberg, and thrown in a crevice on the edge of the iceberg with walls too slippery to climb, and from which he cannot summon his fishy friends (apparently the telepathy is still not quite developed).

Quotefile: Aquaman, "There's something mighty fishy about this "jinx" operating against Porter's line! How can the same iceberg run down just those ships and no others?"

Aqua-Exclamations: "Great Neptune!"

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo.

Just an idle thought: Why are some of the sailors that Aquaman rescues from the first freighter wearing suits and ties?

Aquaman faced a very similar problem back in the Golden Age in More Fun Comics #79. Yeah, right at the beginning of his career!

Have you read this story? What do you think?

NOTE: there will be no Ripples Through Time tomorrow