- 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: #974,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Showcase Presents: Aquaman, Vol. 1 Paperback – February 14, 2007
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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To me, Aquaman is to the Justice League what the Wasp is to the Avengers. Pretty much useless baggage. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Sesho
This showcase book is a good one. I didn't know hardly anything about Aquaman before I read, but that is why I got into these books. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by agalli83
I'm sure that some people are interested in how this collection fares to absolutely new readers as opposed to people who have read this more than 20 years ago. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Draven
I never was a big Aquaman fan. but I enjoyed reading vol.1 of this Showcase entry. The stories are quick and fun. Art by Ramona Fradon and Nick Cardy add to the enjoyment. Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by AvengersAssemble