Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ripples Through Time - 182

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 #259 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #259 (April 1959) - The Octopus Man!

Sinister Mastermind Roland Peters is working on a brain-wave transmitter to duplicate Aquaman's powers when Aquaman catches him, forcing him to use the transmitter in a different way.

Glove Color: Yellow.

Regular Supporting Cast: none.

Aqua-Exclamations: "Jumping Jellyfish!", "Shades of Davy Jones!"

Captured/Knocked Out report: Peters actually manages to punch Aquaman and daze him.

Quotefile: Whalers, "After seeing that, I haven't the heart to kill any more whales today! Head back for port!" The whales thank you. Wait, "today"? Scumbags.

Finny Friends Report: In the body of an octopus, Aquaman attempts to signal to a ship using shreds of an old sail. In the body of a whale, he evades whalers then organizes a group of whales into a landing strip for a plane having engine troubles. In the body of a shark, he "bats" a depth bomb out of the water. Before he can be switched to another animal, he has a swordfish reset the transmitter, then an octopus and whale attack Peters while electric eels destroy the machine.

I like how the machine is originally intended to duplicate Aquaman's powers, but then is able to be adjusted so quickly by the "sinister mastermind". Transferring Aquaman's mind into sea creatures was a neat twist, and it's fun how quickly he adapts to each situation. But the funniest part of this story is how Aquaman is busting Peters for fishing in a preserve, not for his infernal machine.

In the next Ripples Through Time, "How Aquaman Got His Powers!" I'll be into the stories that more of you are likely to have read, so I'm expecting more comments.

Next Month

Have you read this story? What do you think?