Hey, I'm in this one! Well, I'm on the letters page anyway, gushing enthusiastically about what a swell job the folks at DC were doing with this revival of one of my favorite superheroes, Aquaman. This was Aquaman's first book-length solo outing since his own title was cancelled in 1971. To expand it into a genuine make-believe 100-pager, we're adding a Silver Age Aquaman story, Golden Age exploits starring Green Lantern and Robin, more 1960s action with former Charlton Comics Action Hero The Question, and a backup strip from DC's 1970 licensed triumph Hot Wheels, a book deserving of praise, acclaim, and deluxe reprints, none of which it's ever gonna get. But Hot Wheels was indeed a terrific comic book, so we'll at least continue to celebrate its wonder in this willfully fanciful space.
Aquaman in "And Death Before Dishonor," Adventure Comics # 444 (March-April 1976)
Aquaman and Aqualad in "The Creature King Of The Sea," Showcase # 32 (May-June 1961)
The Golden Age Green Lantern in "Rumors Of The Round Table!," All-American Comics # 72 (April 1946)
Hot Wheels in "The Mint 400," Hot Wheels # 2 (May-June 1970)
Robin the Boy Wonder in "The Campaign Crooks!," Star Spangled Comics # 101 (February 1950)
The Question (untitled), The Blue Beetle # 2 (August 1967)
Hot Wheels is copyright Mattel Inc., and everything else is copyright DC Comics Inc. The Question story is now public domain, but only my subscribers get to see the whole fabricated package in all its pretend glory. Yesterday's 100-Page FAKE! edition of Detective Comics # 451 featured the lead story from Hot Wheels # 2, and I'm gonna be running more phony Detective Comics to reprise the full run of DC's Hot Wheels in those faux pages. But don't worry, Adventure fans! We'll be back before long, as The Creeper takes over the backup spot. I really loved this book. I have a letter to prove I did.
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