Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 176

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 #253 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #253 (October 1958) - The Ocean of 1,000,000 B.C.

While charting a seabed cavern, Aquaman is thrown into the past and must save a caveman before returning to the present.

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo appears in one panel near the beginning of the story.

Aqua-Exclamations: "Suffering Sharks!"

Captured/Knocked Out report: Aquaman is pulled through a whirlpool timewarp, but he doesn't pass out.

Quotefile: Aquaman, "I never fail to marvel over my command of the finny ones! Big or small, they all obey me!"

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman's subject parade before him at the start of the story. At the end, some luminous fish illuminate the drawing of Aquaman and the caveman.

You know, this story might explain why the cavemen in Adventure #184 knew about Aquaman and trusted him. Hey, it's time travel! Why not? Ok, so this is the Silver Age Aquaman, and that was the Golden Age Aquaman.

Ah, cavemen hanging out with dinosaurs! Wonderful science in this one.

Aquaman faces off against a brontosaurus, a fire-breathing sea serpent, a stegosaurus, a giant eel, and a pterodactyl. He uses his belt buckle to attract lightning and defeat the eel and pterodactyl using "the story of Benjamin Franklin's kite".

Aquaman's rescue of the caveman is memorialized on the cavern wall by the caveman, just like in the previous caveman story.

Have you read this story? What do you think?