David Michelinie contributes the Aquaman story in Adventure 450 (April 1977), which pits him against the Flash’s foe, the Weather Wizard. Jim Aparo stays on the art. The Weather Wizard had last appeared in DC Super-Stars, with other villains, playing baseball against super-heroes. I am sooo looking forward to writing about that story!
General Morgan turns to Aquaman for help when a NATO plane goes down over the ocean, and Aquaman discovers it in an area of dry land, where the water is being held back by the Weather Wizard.
Mark Mardon had done this in order to lure the Flash, and is disappointed when Aquaman shows up instead, which is a nice touch.
Some good art on their battle, and it’s interesting to see Aquaman battling on dry land, even if it is an ocean bed.
Intercut with this is the confrontation between McCaan and Aqualad and Aquagirl. Garth’s purple eyes are the key, a trait of the Idyllists, whom McCaan blames for stealing his son. He has been tracking Aqualad over the past few issues, convinced he was part of the group because of his eyes. Garth disabuses him of this notion, but agrees to help him find his son.
This story is also notable because Aquababy finally gets a name, mentioned in passing by Mera. After what must have been seconds of thought, he is called Arthur, Jr.
The Weather Wizard, defeated by Aquaman, next appears a few months down the road in The Flash.
The Martian Manhunter approaches Earth in this chapter of his story, written by Denny O’Neil, with are by Mike Netzer and Terry Austin. He is pursued by N’or Cott, though unaware of that.
He winds up in a confrontation with Supergirl, appearing between issues of Superman Family, though he claims to have mistaken her for someone else. Exactly who he thought she was is not explained.
Once again there is little use of his extensive powers, and the best thing about this chapter is the art.