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Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.
Today we look at the Aquaman story from 1960’s Adventure Comics #278, where Aquaman decides to help Aqualad cheat on a test.
Robert Bernstein probably drew this story and Ramona Fradon definitely handled the artwork. The conceit of the tale is that Aquaman is enrolling Aqualad into school.
Aqualad is a fine student…
However, right before his entrance exam he suffers a severe blow to the head that messes with his memory and he can’t remember any of the answers. Despite the fact that this is obviously grounds for delaying the exam, the principal chooses not to, under the theory that Aqualad could be faking. What a diiiiiick.
So, of course, the only thing left for Aquaman is to cheat!
I love that the masthead they found was identical to the Mona Lisa!
When all is said and done…
If Aqualad just thought that it was a funny coincidence that eels formed a frame around a masthead that looked like the Mona Lisa when the answer to the question was the Mona Lisa then perhaps his brain trauma is more severe than we first thought!!
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