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Showcase Presents: Aquaman, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents: Aquaman #1)

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Since his dramatic debut in the 1940s, Aquaman has battled the forces of evil using his super-strength and his abilities to breathe underwater and communicate with and mentally control sea life. This fantastic, value-sized collection features over 500 pages of classic, black-and-white adventures of the King of the Seven Seas and his sidekick, Aqualad, as they battle ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by DC Comics
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Oct 20, 2016 Zac rated it really liked it
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First, Aquaman is my favorite superhero and he always has been. So, I may be a little biased. Also, apparently I'm a bit old fashioned. But I really loved this book. While admittedly, it being black and white really gives readers a real sense of the genuine inking talent, I would have loved to see all these old comics in their full color splendor. I understand that this was a cheaper way to get these old comics in the hands of new readers. 4/5 only because it made me yearn to see them all in ...more
Jason Luna
Jun 23, 2014 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
What a refreshing surprise from the usual murky writing of the late 1950s/early 1960s DC comics.

The best stuff is early on. Ramona Fradon and either an unknown author or Robert Bernstein doing 7 page little stories, often not even with a clear villain relationship. Beautiful artwork of hokey things like an octopus working as a stretcher, or Aquaman creating a fish based police force, etc. The jokes are pretty tame and predictable, but they go by quickly and are pretty charming.

But inevitably the
Adam Graham
Jan 19, 2016 Adam Graham rated it really liked it
This book collects the early Silver Age Aquaman stories from 1959-62. This contains a variety of stories ranging from 6-13 page stories published as back-up features in Adventures Comics, Detective Comics (believe it or not), World's Finest Comics, guest appearances in the Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane books, the full length try-outs for Aquaman in Showcase #32 and #33 and the first six issues of Aquaman's own comic.

There are some landmark stories in the comic, particularly the Silver Age Aquaman or
Aug 04, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it
Still reading this one, too. Aquaman is a recent discovery for me, who resonates with my persona a bit better than Spider-man actually! What a coup! I like water, which is big, and I like that Aquaman has a major weakness despite his superhero status. Aquaman's degree of weakness is a rare example of realism in the comic world. He can't be out of contact water for more than an hour. He is ridiculed by many, but he's a character after me own heart. Life in the seas can be rough, but I'm looking ...more
Jul 25, 2008 Trevor rated it liked it
Aquaman started out really, really badly, which i had more or less expected. It was worse than Superman (see my review on the first volume of that...). What was surprising was how good it became. After about the first 100 pages of this volume, the stories really pick up. There's still a turd here and there, but for the most part, not bad. Unlike other heroes of this time period, Aquaman's plans tend to go awry with some frequency, and the true value of the stories is in how he deals with these ...more
Andrew Fitzpatrick
Dec 28, 2008 Andrew Fitzpatrick rated it really liked it
Pure silver age cool. I picked this up after realizing I know very little about Aquaman, and this was definitely worth it. It's a little clunky at times, as most DC books from this period can be, but the fun factor makes up for it; for example, see Aquaman get gunned down by crooks, then saved by fish taking him to an undersea hospital he himself built for said fish. What is there to not love about that?
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Jun 15, 2012 M. Reedz rated it really liked it
Awesome undersea adventures, complete with a kid names 'Aqualad' -- how cool is that? Great bargain comcs in this format. What more could you ask for?
Dec 23, 2007 Trebro rated it really liked it
DC is finally in the cheap reprint business, which I heartily approve of! Goodreads does not approve of the size of my review, which you can read here:
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