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  1. Aquaman's continuous publication history from the Golden Age right through the Silver Age was bettered only by that of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Here it is: 

    More Fun Comics 73 (Nov 1941) - 107 (Feb 1946)
    World's Finest Comics 6 (Summer 1942)
    Adventure Comics 103 (April 1946) - 206, 208 - 280, 282, 284 (May 1961)
    Showcase 30 (Feb 1961) - 33 (Aug 1961)
    Detective Comics 293 (July 1961) - 300 (Feb 1962) 
    Aquaman 1 (Feb 1962) - 56 (April 1971)
    World's Finest Comics 125  (May 1962) - 133, 135, 137, 139 (Feb 1964) 

    Not surprisingly therefore that there's some controversy as to where Aquaman's Silver Age stories begin. Some would date it to Adventure Comics 229 which is the issue where the first recurring character, Topo the octopus, was introduced into the Aquaman series:



    And coincidentally Adventure Comics 229 has the same October 1956 cover date as Showcase  4. I don't believe that Topo's introduction though was sufficiently important to rate the exalted "first Silver Age" issue designation. I'd argue that Adventure Comics 260 with his origin story kicks off the Silver Age for Aquaman:



    I myself became a huge fan of Aquaman after picking up a copy of Aquaman 11 in which Queen Mera was introduced:


    Though I'd bought The Flash 139 in which Professor Zoom the Reverse-Flash was introduced, The Atom 8 featuring the return of Doctor Light and Justice League of America 22 with the second part of the first team-up between the Justice League and the Justice Society the very same day, Aquaman 11 was the issue which induced me to immediately subscribe! But I was then deterred from subscribing to any more comics when issue #12 arrived a few weeks later folded in half.


    The Aquaman covers and stories were no disappointment though!



    So taken was Aquaman by the fulsome endowment of his new fiery-haired ally that he actually married her a little over a year after her introduction: 


    A marriage that was neither "imaginary" nor some kind of hoax was a groundbreaking development for a comic superhero at the time

    So impressed was I with the Aquaman title that Aquaman immediately became my third favourite member of the Justice League after Green Lantern and the Flash, and just above Hawkman and Green Arrow. Nor was I alone in my devotion to the Sea King. The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure cartoon show which premiered 9 September 1967 vaulted Aquaman up as high as the #3 slot within the DC pantheon of superheroes behind only Superman and Batman in the public consciousness:

    Aquaman even got his own Hasbro board game in 1967 (with Wonder Woman and the Flash getting ones of their own as well)!



    Why though Aquaman was portrayed completely out of character socking some poor octopus is beyond me. Somebody doing the licensing at DC was asleep at the switch I guess. Nonetheless a sealed copy of this game can command prices of up to $1500 these days.

    And his buxom consort Mera together with Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl gained Super Queen status with the Ideal Toy Company in 1967: 



    Purchasing one of these lovely Mera dolls MIB could set you back $5000 or more these days. Well worth it since it's only money of course!

    On a final note Aquaman had the coolest day job of any Justice League member, even better than Batman/Bruce Wayne's millionaire playboy post. He had the exclusive distributorship for Hostess snack cakes across the Seven Seas!




    Hostess snack cakes must have been an integral part of the dietary regimen that allowed Aquaman to maintain his ripped physique and Queen Mera her sleek but still well endowed figure of course!


  2. On 4/20/2024 at 12:12 PM, Robot Man said:



    Those Collegeville "Big Daddy" Roth costumes are boss cool! There's also a Surfink:

    Surfink%202_zpstvuhsgdg.png (Not mine.)

    Were you the one to get Ed Roth's autograph on the costume? ??? I never actually met Roth anywhere but I had a couple phone conversations with him circa 2000.


  3. One of the house ads that appeared in most of the comics I was buying in the summer of 1963 was this one:


    Well, yes! It went without saying that I absolutely, positively had to know the origins of the heroic Kid Flash and Elongated Man plus the dastardly villainous Mr. Element and Super Gorilla Grodd. I couldn't find it though at either Ken's or Les' Variety stores since every store didn't necessarily get even one copy of every comic and of course the one copy could have been swiftly snapped up by another kid.

    I also couldn't find the then current issue of Green Lantern:


    I "scoured" a whopping total of three or four different variety stores in my neighbourhood plus another three or four outlets downtown trying to find these two comics without any luck. For whatever reason I didn't think to devote an afternoon to riding my bike around to the other eighteen or so variety stores and drug stores that stocked comics in the square mile or so of my school district. 

    In late August though we went on a family trip by train to far off Toronto to visit relatives and to take in the Canadian National Exhibition which was a mega fair even by the standards of American state fairs:




    To my dismay I didn't succeed in finding either the Flash Annual or the Green Lantern comic in Toronto although admittedly I only checked a couple of variety stores in the immediate High Park neighbourhood where our relatives lived. Oh well. C'est la vie. I have both comics in my present day collection anyway.

    I did however pick up this nearly three month old gem that had been forgotten and was still on the spinner rack at one of the stores on Bloor Street:


    The other thing I very clearly remember from that train trip to Toronto was admiring one of the 1963 CFL coins that had been free inside a ten cent bag of either Krun-Chee or Humpty Dumpty Potato Chips that I'd managed to score at either the CN train station or from the vendor that came down the aisles inside the train itself with a metal basket of various goodies (including cigarettes, chips, chocolate bars and Jocko chocolate drink in cans). Here are some pictures of these coins from my present day collection:



    I already had about five of these CFL coins and I wanted to collect both the CFL coins and the DC comics badly but my funds were very limited and I couldn't do both. The comics won out.

    Nonetheless being a huge Canadian football fan I started pecking away at completing this 160 coin CFL set back in the early eighties. It took me until 2000 or so to get all 160 coins because the coins were made available in two series and the high numbers ended up being short printed. Worse yet, forty of the short prints seemed to be distributed only regionally so that only the Toronto Argonaut, Hamilton Tiger-Cat, Ottawa Rough Rider and Winnipeg Blue Bomber twenty player team sets were generally available in Ontario. As a further complexity, the coins available within Humpty Dumpty chips had bilingual English and French text on the back while the ones in Krun-Chee chips had English only text.

    But I like the 1963 CFL coins so much (partially because of my memories of collecting them as a kid) that about ten years ago I decided to break my set up into two, one with unilingual English backs and one with bilingual backs so that I could keep on collecting these little treasures! I'm getting close to completing a double set but I'm still some 53 coins short. Here are a few pics:




    English backs



    Finding bilingual high numbered coins of the Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos and British Columbia Lions is like pulling teeth though.


  4. On 4/19/2024 at 2:01 PM, Marty Mann said:


    Which cover run of Star Spangled Comics was your very favourite? "Newsboy Legion and the Guardian", "Robin", "Tomahawk" or "Ghost Breaker"?

    On 4/19/2024 at 2:01 PM, Marty Mann said:

    My sons became avid collectors of mostly MARVEL titles....

    Sorry to hear that.

    On 4/19/2024 at 2:01 PM, Marty Mann said:

    we are no longer collectors.,

    Sorry to hear that as well. :frown: But are you saying that you haven't added any comics to your collection since that convention in 1976? You've not been tempted to fill in the missing issues in any of your runs?


  5. On 4/19/2024 at 11:14 AM, Robot Man said:

    Like anything that gains popularity, there are always imitators.

    While Ed "Big Daddy" Roth was already air brushing T-shirts at custom car shows in the late 1950's and selling these T-shirts through ads in car mags by the very early 1960's:


    Revell introduced his first fink kit, Mr Gasser, only in 1963. Mother's Worry, Drag Nut and Rat Fink as well hit store shelves by year-end:



    Incidentally the box art on all these Revell "Big Daddy" Roth model kits was done by longtime Revell box artist Jack Leynnwood.

    But at least the first tranche of Hawk Weird-Ohs, i.e Digger, Davey and Daddy, had already been released before the Revell Mr. Gasser:


    It was Bill Campbell at Hawk who designed the Weird-Ohs and subsequently both the Silly Surfers and Frantics.

    Much more here on Ed "Big Daddy" Roth:


    And on the Weird-Ohs:



  6. On 4/19/2024 at 6:40 AM, Get Marwood & I said:

    Depends who's looking... :)


    Doctor Mole certainly took villainy to a new low! He's right down there with Doctor Element, Doctor Destiny, Doctor Light, Doctor Doom and Doctor Octopus in my pantheon of villains.