More Fun 87 – Green Arrow fires a rocket-arrow, Dr. Fate – doctor, Aquaman meets Atlanteans and Tubby Watts gets paid to do nothing
Johnny Quick gets his second cover appearance on More Fun 87 (Jan 43). He still doesn’t get the lead spot, and Green Arrow resumes his cover features with the next issue. This is also the final issue with a Radio Squad story, the one early series that stuck around.
Green Arrow and Speedy wind up in a complex case, which builds to a big prison breakout attempt. But the plot is not the important thing here, it’s the arrows.
Up until now the arrows have always been used in the acceptable variety of ways arrows are used – like setting them on fire, or shooting them up as signals. But in this story, it stretches a little further. In order to sneak into the prison to get information on the villain’s plans, Green Arrow and Speedy shooted hooked arrows at convicts, reeling them in almost like fish.
Towards the end of the story, the duo fire off rockets, but Green Arrow specifically calls them Arrow-Rockets, name branding them a la Batman. But also making this the first trick arrow.
Some really nice art by Howard Sherman on Gardner Fox’s latest Dr. Fate story.
Dr. Fate is pitted against a rival, but the doctor is a phony, as Kent susses out in his medical day job. This issue shows him as a doctor, while most of the issues simply refer to his occupation in passing.
Some of his powers seem to be back, as he is immune to bullets, and he’s pulled his crystal ball out of storage!
There are even a couple panels of Dr. Fate underwater, drawn in Sherman’s unique way of expressing that. A better story than most of the late Dr. Fate tales.
Atlanteans get introduced in the Aquaman story in this issue. The ark-type ship shown in the splash page is run by thugs in biker jackets, gathering rare creatures from around the world. They find an Atleantean man, beat the crap out of him, and throw him in a cage.
The reader is treated to a fairly standard telling of the destruction and sinking of Atlantis. The art makes ancient Atlantis look pretty urban and bland.
Aquaman discovers Atlantis and meets its inhabitants for the first time – the previous notion of him living in a temple in the abandoned ruins can easily be blended with this. He mistook an abandoned out-lying settlement for Atlantis proper.
He frees the captured Atlantean, and throws the men in cages to be displayed to the Atlanteans. Just temporarily. So he says.
Tubby Watts gets a more important role than usual, in a convoluted story that sees him paid by criminals to do nothing, part of a scheme to steal a farmer’s land that has oil on it.
Tubby gets the plot-line, but after a page of being Johnny Chambers, Quick gets into action.
Meskin is now making the most of the multiple images visual, which also appears on the cover.
Drawn this way, Johnny has finally become a visually distinct character from the Flash.