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Cover Artist: JIM APARO
Page Count: 336
Colors: Full Color
What InStockTrades Says: Don’t miss this dramatic 1970s tale from ADVENTURE COMICS #435-437, 441-455 and AQUAMAN #57-63! As Aquaman faces his greatest foes, Black Manta plans his ultimate revenge on the Sea King – resulting in the death of Aquaman’s infant son and the dissolution of his marriage.
What I say: I can’t tell you what a treat this trade was for me! This book contains my first solo introduction to Aquaman. It was the summer of 1977, the same summer that brought us Star Wars. And I walked into my local corner store that Friday (back then, comics came out of Fridays! Imagine that!) and found Aqualad ready to kill Aquaman on the cover of Adventure Comics #452. I was, dare I say it?, hooked from that point on!
Consider for kids my age, the only introduction to Aquaman before this was The SuperFriends cartoon, old Aquaman cartoon reruns, and his appearances in Justice League Of America where he didn’t exactly stand out. So to see him on his own, in his own element, was the chance to really see the full heroic potential of Arthur Curry.
But one of the major pluses for me was the backup stories. Srarting with AC # 453, Aquaman was moved into his own title again and Superboy became the main focus of Adventure Comics. But Aqualad, who had struck out on his own for the quest of his own beginnings, was a backup story for several issues there. This trade actually does something surprising to me: It includes the backup stories of both Aqualad from Adventure Comics and Mera’s backup stories from Aquaman!
The Pros: It’s Jim freaking Aparo and Mike Grell on art and Paul Levitz on writing! What else do you need?
The Cons: The only con is that you might not have read this story yet! Shame on you!
Considering the true lack of trade paperbacks focusing on Aquaman, to have this great storyarc out there is absolutely a must-have!
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