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Showcase Presents: Aquaman, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 14, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (February 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401212239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212230
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bradley M. Hamlin on March 28, 2007
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AQUAMAN is by far the most underrated DC COMICS hero. This Showcase collection provides the very hard to get silver age stories from Adventure comics + a story from Lois Lane not collected in the Archive edition + the Showcase issues and the first couple issues of the regular Aquaman series. Money well spent. This is A+ stuff from a historical perspective and, if you like the character, it's a good fun read.

And, for all of you Sub-Mariner fans out there, you might want to know that Aquaman was actually connected to Atlantis way before Namor. Namor was originally from the Artic sea and didn't connect with Atlantis until Stan Lee wisely gave him what Aquaman already had. Sure, the Sub-Mariner came first, so it's a fair trade.

But AQUAMAN commands the fish! How cool is that?

Bradley Mason Hamlin, Mystery Island Publications 2007.
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Aquaman made his initial appearance in DCs' More Fun Comics #73, cover dated November 1941 ( Green Arrow debuted in the same issue) during what is referred to as the Golden Age of Comics. Not a headliner at that time, he was a popular back-up feature and as the super-hero genre died out in the early 1950s, Aquaman was one of the handful of super-hero characters who survived and made the transition into the Silver Age of Comics.

Showcase Presents Aquaman, Vol. 1 contains forty-nine Aquman stories... over 540 pages of the Sea King's amazing Silver Age adventures reprinted from Adventure Comics 260-280, 282 and 284; Detective Comics 293-300; Showcase 30-34; World's Finest 125-129, Lois Lane 12, Jimmy Olsen 55 and Aquaman 1-6. The stories are family friendly, light-hearted and just plain fun. No angst, no soap opera drama to speak of, but plenty of action.

This was an interesting time in Aquaman's history. The editors at DC decided to do more with the long-running feature, giving Aquaman a new origin and expanding his supporting cast. Listed below are a few of the highlights.

Adventure Comics # 260 (May 1959): How Aquaman Got His Powers- Aquaman gets a brand new origin to usher him into the Silver Age and the reader discovers that the Atlantis is a living, (water) breathing civilization, giving the Sea King something he hadn't had before in his 18 year history... a plot engine for his adventures.

Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #12 (Oct 1959): The Mermaid from Metropolis- More important than the story's plot of this 13 page gem is that this story marks the first time that Aquaman appears outside his own series. Aquaman meets both Lois Lane and Superman and emerges from his solitary Aqua-verse into the larger DC universe.
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his book collects the early Silver Age Aquaman stories from 1959-62. This contains a variety of stories ranging from 6-13 page stories published as back-up features in Adventures Comics, Detective Comics (believe it or not), World's Finest Comics, guest appearances in the Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane books, the full length try-outs for Aquaman in Showcase #32 and #33 and the first six issues of Aquaman's own comic.

There are some landmark stories in the comic, particularly the Silver Age Aquaman origin story and the introduction of Aqualad. The stories themselves are pretty bare bones. Atlantis is in the book, but there are only a couple stories involving it and Aquaman, while King of the Seas, has no actual political power. The only interaction with the rest of the Nascent DC Universe is seen in crossovers with Superman's friends, and a couple of cases of Aquaman stopping large chunks of Kryptonite from making it to market. The only recurring character introduced was Quisp.

The stories have a laid back feel. There's a sense that they're just trying to be fun adventures and they succeed at that. They're rarely as silly as some of the DC books and never boring. The art is solid and overall, this is just a pleasant uncomplicated read that's great for a young child or just anyone wanting to have a few pages of sea adventures with the King of the Sea.
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I didn't start reading Aquaman until the mid-1960s, so these stories are more history than memory to me. Still, it's a good package, and you just can't go wrong with the work of Nick Cardy. Advisory: there are virtually no female characters of any kind in this volume, so it's not a prime item for collectors of Cardy Women.
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Unable to afford even all the major DC comics, I missed many of the secondary character adventures. Here is a fabulous collection, budget priced, for old and new readers. This is another case of buy it before it goes out of print. So, don't delay. Unlike Namor, Aquaman never engaged in insane violence. A few of the Sub-Mariner adventures, were enough to make me wonder why Namor was considered hot stuff. Now, Aquaman may have been a bit dopey, but he was a good guy. I would have given this title 5 stars, had not it been printed into the binding. Interestingly enough, the same stories, and less are printed in "DC Archives The Aquaman Archives,vol l," albeit in color and hardbound at the retail of $49.95. Those who wish to see how the other "fish" lived may be interested in "Marvel Masterworks Presents The Sub-Mariner Vol. 1.," a collection which primarily postdates the Aquaman stories.
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