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Curiouser and curiouser.  A green glob.  A green slime (co-written by Bill Finger).  DC was certainly playing the long game.  It all fits together, he says conspiratorially.  

Doctor Hmmm? said:

Great green gobs of greasy, grimy Martian guts?

Metamorphic Martian meat?

Itty bitty birdy feet?

Captain Comics said:

J'onn adopts a human guise when among humans, because giant green snot balls gross us out.


Philip posted the cover to Skull the Slayer #6 in the cover thread, and that got me wondering why it only lasted 8 issues. I like series concept. Do you think the series failed because the characters weren't likeable enough? Or was the problem the genre? The title? The star?

I think it was the rotating creative teams. It got off to a strong start, then it was handed off to Steve Englehart, who made sweeping changes to a title he thought would be an ongoing assignment. Then, after one issue, Super-Villain Team-Up came available and he took that. The next writer changed the status quo back to what it had been before, and yet another writer followed that. On his web-site, Englehart says this about the series: “I used to call this the job I least liked doing, because I never felt any empathy with the character.”

Aquaman's artists to Crisis on Infinite Earths

As a supporting feature:

Paul Norris More Fun Comics #73-#80; World's Finest Comics #6; More Fun Comics #81

Louis Cazeneuve More Fun Comics #82-#107; Adventure Comics #103-#117, #119-#120

John Daly Adventure Comics #121-#123

Louis Cazeneuve Adventure Comics #124

John Daly Adventure Comics #125-#152, #154, #156, #158, #160, #162, #164

Ramona Fradon Adventure Comics #167-#168, #170-#201 

Ralph Mayo Adventure Comics #202

Ramona Fradon Adventure Comics #203-#206, #208-#280, #282

Jim Mooney Adventure Comics #284

Nick Cardy Detective Comics #293-#296

Sheldon Moldoff Detective Comics #297

Nick Cardy Detective Comics #298-#300; World's Finest Comics #125-#126

Ramona Fradon World's Finest Comics #127-#133, #135, #137, #139

As a lead feature (Showcase #30 appeared after Adventure Comics #279; Aquaman #1 appeared after Detective Comics #298; the supporting feature ended after Aquaman #13):

Ramona Fradon Showcase #30

Nick Cardy Showcase #31-#33; Aquaman #1-#39

Jim Aparo Aquaman #40-#56

As a filler item:

Sal Amendola Super DC Giant #S-26 (illustrated text story)

As a supporting feature:

Mike Grell Adventure Comics #435-#437

As a lead feature:

Jim Aparo Adventure Comics #441-#452; Aquaman #57-#59

Don Newton Aquaman #60-#63

As an anthology feature (during the above period):

Don Newton DC Special #28

Dick Dillin DC Special Series #1

As an anthology and supporting feature (after Aquaman's second cancellation):

Don Newton Adventure Comics #460-#461

Don Heck Adventure Comics #462-#463

Don Newton Adventure Comics #464-#466; World's Finest Comics #262

Jose Delbo World's Finest Comics #264-#264

Dick Giordano Adventure Comics #475-#478

Don Heck Action Comics #517-#520

Alex Saviuk Action Comics #521 (+Atom), #527 (+Air Wave), #528-#529, #530 (+Atom), #536-#540

Aquaman also appeared in Justice League of America and Super Friends; co-starred in issues of The Brave and the Bold (incl. in #51 and #73 before Batman became the regular star), Super-Team Family and DC Comics Presents; and occasionally guested, sometimes with guest-star prominence (Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #115, Superboy #171).

Aqualad appeared as a member of the Teen Titans, and starred in stories in Teen Titans #30 (+Aquagirl) and #36.

Sources: DC Indexes, the GCD.

To the rescue!

Scroll down to "Field Report" here for a sighting of a comic strip Easter egg in Columbo.

Blackhawk was initially a Quarterly. The first issue went on sale in 1943, but there was then a hiatus, so only one issue appeared during the war. It was numbered #9, a continuation of the numbering of Uncle Sam Quarterly.

Military Comics started in May, 1941. France had surrendered in Jun. 1940, but there had been more recent fighting in Greece and Yugoslavia, and the Allies were fighting Germany, Italy and Vichy France in North and East Africa and the Middle East. The Germans didn't invade the Soviet Union until Jun. 1941.

In their early stories the Blackhawks conducted raids in occupied Europe, protected Atlantic convoys, and fought in Yugoslavia and North Africa. In #7 they took time out from fighting the Axis and stopped a Mongol horde in Asia led by a fake Genghis Khan.

I thought I'd find Chop-Chop was added to the cast after Pearl Harbor, in reference to Japan's invasion of China. But not so: he debuted in #3, in a story about Yugoslavia. #7 came out a few days after Pearl Harbor. The first instalment evidently created after Pearl Harbor is #11's, which opens with the Blackhawks debating whether to concentrate on the war in Europe or the Pacific. They fought both the Germans and the Japanese subsequently, but mostly the Japanese after mid-1943. 

Japan surrendered in Aug. 1945, and Quality changed the title to Modern with the next issue, #43. But the Blackhawks continued fighting the war for a few more instalments. The story in #48 opens with the Blackhawks celebrating the end of the war and preparing to disband.

In the Silver Age "Combat Diary" back-up stories, set during WWII, appeared in Blackhawk from #196 to #226. They mostly appeared every second issue, alternating with the "Detached Service Diary" series in which the contemporary Blackhawks had solo adventures.

There were also two WWII-set lead stories in thr period: a book-length origin story in #198, and a story about how Chop-Chop joined the team in #203. The former story depicted the team (minus Chop-Chop) as having been formed by the Allies for a D-Day mission.

This was the period when the Blackhawks wore red and green uniforms in the lead stories. The new costumes debuted in #197, and the transition to the New Black Era started in #228.

Luke Blanchard said:

I thought I'd find Chop-Chop was added to the cast after Pearl Harbor, in reference to Japan's invasion of China.

Japan had invaded China ten years before Pearl Harbor, so Chop-Chop may have been added to acknowledge that.

As a side-note, Japan took over French Indochina (from Nazi-affiliated Vichy France!) in September 1940. A recent documentary pointed out that the people of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos initially thought that the Japanese Empire would treat them better than the French. Apparently, they treated them worse. The world is still waiting for acknowledgments and apologies from Japan.

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