Monday, January 14, 2008

Ripples Through Time - 187

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 #264 Aquaman Splash Page
Adventure #264 (September 1959) - Aquaman and his Sea Police!

On a visit to New Venice, flooded six months ago, Aquaman takes over police duties.

Glove Color: Green.

Regular Supporting Cast: Topo (Aquaman is riding an octopus at the beginning of the story, but Topo is not named).

Quotefile: Aquaman, "The job is finished! New Venice is saved! Now it can remain forever a city of canals!"

Finny Friends Report: Aquaman rides Topo at the beginning of the story. Slinky the Seal puts seaweed into the propellers of speeders to foul their engines and stop their boats. When Slinky fails due to a more powerful motor, a whale lifts the speeding boat out of the water. An octopus detective catches a pickpocket. Aquaman rides behind two dolphins. Sea gulls bombard the litterers with litter. Swordfish pick up all the litter in the canals and then put junk on fishermen's fishing lines. Sharks threaten the robber. Various sea creatures fill the crack in the sea to prevent New Venice from draining.

Ah, New Venice. This town will become more important in the future, but this story is just a nice little Silver Age tale. The town is adjusting to their new reality, which they like, but the regular police haven't quite adapted to having canals for streets yet. Aquaman visits, and breaks some bad habits people have formed. Simple and very Silver Age. There is no indication of the role this place will later take.

Have you read this story? What do you think?