Friday, September 21, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 166

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 #243 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #243 (December 1957) - Aquaman's Amazing Bets

Kipp, first mate on the Frisco Dawn, keeps winning unlikely bets, even once Aquaman gets involved.

Aqua-Exclamations: "Suffering Sharks!" "Jumpin' Catfish!"

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo.

Finny Friends Report: Topo helps Aquaman save the crew members from the waterspout. Aquaman summons a whale for the "biggest fish" bet. Aquaman puts his head in a shark's mouth for the "fearful sea creature" bet. Aquaman has giant squid friends bring up a sunken Man-of-War for the "man overboard" bet. Then Aquaman wins that bet by having his swordfish rescue Kipp.

Quotefile: Kipp, thinking, "I'd recognize Aquaman anywhere, even under that thin disguise!"

After Aquaman rescues the sailors from the Frisco Dawn, they tell him about Kipp's bets. He agrees to go undercover and teach Kipp a lesson, but Kipp sees right through his disguise. He may be a scumbag, but Kipp is nobody's fool.

In the story we learn of two bets Kipp made with the crew. He then makes three bets against Aquaman and wins the first two. He tends to win his bets on technicalities and by cheating. The first bet we learn about is his bet that a turtle can win a race with a fish. The fish was a wind-up toy that ran out of juice before the finish line. The second bet he made was that a hurricane would arrive in five minutes. The hurricane was a squadron of hurricane fighter planes. The bets against Aquaman are won in similar fashion.

In the end, Kipp sinks himself by running away with the loot. He didn't want to face the wrath of the crew and Aquaman, but ended up losing the final bet by his action.

Have you read this story? What do you think?