Friday, July 3, 2009

Aquaman #47

Aquaman #47 (On Sale: July 3, 1969) has another cover by Nick Cardy.

We begin with "Come the Revolution" by Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo. Aquagirl tries in vain to talk Mupo and his rebels out of starting a revolution to overthrow Narkran from power in Atlantis. As the revolt begins Narkran takes Aquagirl as a hostage. She is injured while escaping which triggers a fight between Mupo and the tyrant.

Meanwhile, Aquaman and Mera hurry home from the surface world to deal with the despot, but are temporarily side-tracked when they spot Aqualad battling the Bugala. This was reprinted in Adventure Comics #498.

The back-up story is "The Adventures of Aquaboy" from Adventure Comics #268 by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon. Aquaman rescues a drowning blind man. The man has lived on a deserted island for years and does not believe in Aquaman’s powers. Aquaman recalls other men being sceptical about his existence when he was just a boy.

Years previous, Aquaboy rescues the man, Captain Harte, from a sinking freighter. Harte believed that the boy was a liar, and that he was saved by accident. Aquaboy had more difficulty in proving his existence, when he saved a town from a broken dike and also when assisting some treasure hunters.

A sea quake causes Harte to fall back into the ocean. Aquaman summons a whale to help him. Harte is convinced of Aquaman’s abilities because he can feel inside the whale’s mouth. He reveals the location of a missing chest of pearls which can be used to pay for an eye operation. Aquaman finds the missing pearls and gives them to Harte.

Edited by Dick Giordano.

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