Friday, September 14, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 161

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 #238 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #238 (July 1957) - The Floating Doom

Aquaman stops some men from laying mines, only to learn that they are scientists studying ocean currents... or are they?

Aqua-Exclamations: "Great Catfish"

Glove Color: Yellow.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo.

Finny Friends Report: Hilarious splash page with four finny friends sunning themselves on mines: A sea cow that barely fits, a seal, an octopus that appears to have it's "legs" crossed, and a swordfish! Aquaman rides Topo up to the ship laying mines. A whale helps him board the ship. An octopus throws the first mine out of the way of the Santa Anna. Later, a whale, swordfish, octopus, and shark all push mines out of the way. An octopus throws Aquaman onto the ship. The octopus then knocks away the gun of the boss. Aquaman rides a dolphin and lassos the bad guys with a lasso of electric eels. Swordfish punch holes in the ship's hull. And octopus and swordfish round up the bad guys.

Quotefile: Aquaman, "Well... you must admit you certainly looked suspicious -- wearing masks that aren't really masks -- and launching mines that aren't really mines!"

The mines being laid are plastic bubbles containing scientific instruments used to measure the speed of ocean currents. The guys are wearing masks because the instruments use radium, which the masks supposedly protect them from. Uh-huh. The men on the ship convince Aquaman to tell sea captains that the mines are harmless. Of course, as soon as Aquaman leaves the ship, the men start laying some alternate instruments.

Aquaman realizes he's been had when he sees a pieces of metal sticking to one of the "plastic bubbles".

Have you read this story? What do you think?