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Showcase Presents: Aquaman - VOL 01 Paperback – Feb 14 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1 edition (Feb. 14 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401212239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212230
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 3.2 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b5318b8) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a635384) out of 5 stars AQUAMAN COMMANDS THE FISH! March 28 2007
By Bradley M. Hamlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6353d8) out of 5 stars Aquaman... the Aquatic Ace, the Marine Marvel, the Sea Slueth and, of course, King of the Seven Seas! Feb. 2 2009
By J. D. Beyrent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.

Adventure Comics # 266 (Nov 1959): Aquaman meets Aquagirl- Aquaman meets a surface girl with powers similar to his own and the reader gets a glimpse into Atlantean society.

Adventure Comics # 267 (Dec 1959): The Manhunt on Land and The Underwater Archers- Despite having shared the same comic books since 1941, Aquaman and Green Arrow meet for the first time in these linked stories. Although not technically a team-up story, Aquaman does make a cameo appearance in the last panel of the Green Arrow installment.

Adventure Comics #268 (Jan 1960): The Adventures of Aquaboy- The adventures of Aquaman when he was a boy. Hey, it worked for Superman.

Adventure Comics #269 (Feb 1960): The Kid from Atlantis- Aquaman's supporting cast gets a real boost with the introduction of Aqualad into the series! Before this, the only recurring character in the series was Aquaman's exceptionally intelligent and loyal pet octopus, Topo. The reader gets another glimpse into Atlantean society and the series gets another plot engine.

Adventure Comics #272 (May 1960): The Human Flying Fish- Aquaman faces off against his first costumed, super-powered super villain. The Human Flying Fish may not have been cool enough for a rematch with the Sea King, but it was a start.

Adventure Comics #275 (Aug 1960): The Interplanetary Mission- A story involving "aliens" and Kryptonite. Superman is lucky to have a friend like Aquaman looking out for him.

Showcase #30 (Feb 1961): The Creatures from Atlantis- Aquaman stars in his first book length feature! For the first time since his silver-age series began, Aquaman interacts with the citizens of Atlantis when he and Aqualad go to their aid against alien invaders bent on world conquest! Aquaman's origin is recapped.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #55 (Sep 1961): The Monster that loved Aqua-Jimmy - Jimmy temporarily acquires Aquaman's super powers when Superman and the Marine Marvel go on a interplanetary mission. Of particular interest is the cameo by Lori Lemaris, Superman's mermaid friend from the "other" Atlantis.

Aquaman #1 (Feb 1962): The Invasion of the Fire-Trolls- At long last Aquaman stars in his very own comic book! Another supporting character, Quisp, the Water Sprite, is added to the series.

The DC Showcase Presents series, as well as Marvel's Essential series, are black and white reprints presented at a very affordable price. This book features great Aquaman art by Ramona Fradon and Nick Cardy! Enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a635810) out of 5 stars Backstory July 25 2007
By Barnard Rollit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a6357f8) out of 5 stars 500 pages of budget priced B DC heroes April 24 2007
By C. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a635cb4) out of 5 stars Aquaman: King of the Seven Seas! Feb. 5 2011
By agalli83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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. I wanted to learn more about the DC universe, for they have some interesting characters too. Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, has some interesting stories here. The origin story in the beginning is good, along with how he met Aqualad, his super sidekick! It is a very fascinating line of stories and it is also very family friendly, which is not always something you find with graphic novels. A fun read!