Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Decent Comics: "Is This My Foe?" by Skeates and Aparo

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Here's the third chapter in Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo's sensational Aquaman saga! From Aquaman #42 (September 1968), here's Aquaman vs. Black Manta in..."Is This My Foe?"
Cover art by Nick Cardy

Yesterday was Sir Steve's birthday. Happy birthday, Mr. Skeates!


  1. There's my late 60s DC that I remember and loved. Dick Giordano was doing all kinds of things to push the envelope, like that crazy logo on the cover. I always wondered how Black Manta kept from cutting his feet on those jagged edges.

  2. It's not as though DC's space heroes are paragons of realism, but a lot of things about Aquaman bugged the heck out of me to the degree I couldn't read his stories. Throwing punches and flinging spears under water that remains crystal clear and well-lit at all times just grates on my nerves. And everything happens in a two-D plane...but that's a rule sci-fi maintains as well.
    It's not so much the violation of verisimilitude but rather the metatext: "I don't really want to write a sea/space story, I'd rather just do some more Wagon Train. And so I shall."



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