After the success of his back-up series, Aquaman returns to become the lead feature in Adventure 441 (Oct 75). Paul Levitz and David Michelinie are credited as writers, and Jim Aparo, who did superb work on Aquaman’s own book in the late 60’s, does the art.
Captain Demo makes a mysterious threat, and in response Aquaman turns over the city of Atlantis to the one-armed pirate. Mera actually gets to do something, instead of just standing around being wifely, but her attack on Demo is thwarted when Aquaman attacks her to defend him.
Vulko gets the just-standing-around role in her place.
Aquaman shows his true colours towards the end, using a clam to block the radio signals in Captain Demo’s fake hand, preventing him from destroying Atlantis (his threat, now finally revealed).
An adequate tale, nothing really special, but this run in Adventure would climax with one of the most powerful Aquaman stories ever told.
The Star=Spangled Kid chapter of the Seven Soldiers of Victory saga has art by Ernie Chan, though it looks nothing like his usual work. It does, however, highly resemble the art on the Kid’s strip from the 1940s. Which is to say, horrible.
The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripsey wind up in a place with talking animals who behave like street toughs (or “dead end kids”, as the title reflects). The heroes convince the furniture to stand up to the brats, in a scene that feels like it’s straight out of a Disney cartoon.