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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 36

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at Aquaman using his powers in an interesting fashion.

Enjoy!

Adventure Comics #266 has an interesting Aquaman story within its pages, written by Robert Bernstein and drawn by the great Ramona Fradon.

In it, Aquaman meets Aquagirl (who would not exactly turn out to be a major character in the series).

That’s not the important thing, though.

No, you see, later in the issue, the musicians on a ship got seasick and were unable to perform for a child’s birthday party.

The day was lost, you would think, right?

Under normal circumstances, totally.

But that’s the thing about Aquaman.

Aquaman prepares for everything.

Even training his friendly octopus Topo to perform as a one-octopus band for the children!

Come on, that’s awesome!!

Thanks to my pal H at the awesome Comic Treadmill for the scan!

21 Comments

I’m most impressed by Topo’s ability to play the xylophone with three mallets held in just one tentacle. That’s talent.

Squiddly-Diddly-Tastic!

That wasn’t lame at all.

See, if Aquaman did things like that today he would be much more popular. Or at least more awesome.

Joe writes:
“I’m most impressed by Topo’s ability to play the xylophone with three mallets held in just one tentacle. That’s talent.”

Well Lionel Hampton did teach him well…

I enjoy that, as master of the seas, it’d be a lot easier for him to steady the ship, but he’s clearly been waiting for a chance to use that octopus for years.

I like to think this is where the Beatles got the idea for “Octopus’s Garden.”

Also, boy is Krypto an asshole.

Matthew Johnson

February 6, 2009 at 7:38 am

This just reinforces the idea that Aquaman has WAY too much spare time…

“So, what world-saving feats did you do today, Aquaman?”
“Um… taught my octopus to play ‘Happy Birthday.’”
(Awkward silence)
“On a whole bunch of instruments!”

That Octopus has two eyes. Attenborough would be disappointed.

This just reinforces the idea that Aquaman has WAY too much spare time…

“So, what world-saving feats did you do today, Aquaman?”
“Um… taught my octopus to play ‘Happy Birthday.’”
(Awkward silence)
“On a whole bunch of instruments!”

Nuh uh!

He has NO spare time, because he is filling up every single moment with “just in case” scenarios like this!

Just like Batman!

Haha, I love that Batman’s “just in case” scenarios are, say, “The entire Justice League has gone mad and I have to stop them,” whereas Aquaman’s losing sleep over the idea that someone, somewhere, is being serenaded with an a capella “Happy Birthday” as compared to the instrumental masterpieces we normally hear once a year.

I dig me some Ramona Fradon!

A teacher of mine gave me a list of ’100 Creators To Know Before You Graduate’ and I made a second list (he just wanted ten more, but I couldn’t stop!) and, warranted or no, I had to put Fradon on the list.

“I like to think this is where the Beatles got the idea for “Octopus’s Garden.”

Don’t blame the whole band for that song. That’s Ringo’s cross to bear.

That Octopus has two eyes. Attenborough would be disappointed.

?????

Octopi HAVE got two eyes…

HAHA! This one is pretty funny! Nice choice, Brian.

*Looks at the cover*

Yeah, somebody needs to be spayed.

Bad Krypto! Bad Krypto!
Surely Aquaman is the one true King of Atlantis.

Too bad they’ve got such short lifespans. All that training and talent and then dead. Probably keel over at a kid’s party, too. How’d you like a dead octopus musician for your birthday?

You know he got some of that sweet sweet Aquagirl poontang after the show

@Joe

It isn’t impossible to play a xylophone with three mallets in one hand, by spacing them out between your fingers you are able to chords like you can on a piano. Whether or not such a thing could be done with a tentacle is of course an open question.

That’s so awesomely bad.

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