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 #241 (October 1957) - The Mutiny Against Aquaman
Roger Curtis, Jr will inherit his father's million-dollar circus only if he can train four dangerous fish to do an act in a tank under the big top.
Quotefile: Aquaman, in a punny mood, "This's one mutiny that paid off in plenty of bounty!"
Aqua-Exclamations: "Suffering Sea Cows!"
Glove Color: Yellow.
Finny Friends Report: The splash page shows sea life, including a squid, shark, whale, swordfish, and another small fish, attacking Aquaman. Aquaman rides Topo. A shark attacks Curtis and is chewed out by Aquaman (unfairly, more on that later). Aquaman helps Curtis train a squid, shark, whale and swordfish. Curtis will put his head in the shark's mouth, then box with the squid. The swordfish and Curtis will act out a bullfight, then Curtis will float between the whale's jaws as the whale dances. After being drugged, the shark attacks Aquaman, who creates a whirlpool to make it dizzy and knock it out. The squid then attacks, and Aquaman tangles up its arms. The swordfish plays bullfight, and Aquaman covers its eyes, then knocks out the whale by covering its spout holes.
Regular Supporting Cast: Topo, but only in one panel as a silhouette.
Curtis is trying to capture the dangerous creatures at the beginning of the tale, in order to start training them, but isn't having any luck. He stuns a shark with an electric shock, then aims a spear gun at it. Naturally, it attacks him. Then the shark is chewed out by Aquaman for it, even though the attack was completely justified. Way to support your finny friends, Aquaman!
Curtis' father thought that training sea creatures would interest his son, who loved the sea more than the land, but didn't realize just how difficult the task would prove. If not for Aquaman, Curtis would have lost his inheritance.
Have you read this story? What do you think?