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Adventure 445 – Aquaman gets a new Aquacave, and the Creeper begins

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Adventure 445 (June 1976) has a largely forgettable tale by Paul Levitz and David Michelinie, though the Jim Aparo art is, as always, excellent.

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The Aqua-Family move into a spiffy new four story Aquacave, which gets a cutaway diagram.  As it turns out, little of this cave will actually be shown or used in the coming stories.

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Aquaman fights a scary monster, at the behest of some underwater religious freaks who kidnap Mera.  But really the only interesting moments in this story have Topo sneaking up on the oblivious Aquababy, which continues next issue.

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The Creeper begins a three-part back-up story in this issue, written by Marty Pasko, with art by Ric Estrada and Joe Staton.  The Creeper had last appeared in a team-up with Wildcat in Super-Team Family, and his last solo outing was in an issue of First Issue Special.

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The story has Jack Ryder interview a physical therapist whose patients have been dying mysteriously, then coming to her aid as the Creeper, when she gets attacked by a strange robotic figure.

Not a bad beginning, but it feels pretty generic. It doesn’t really capture Ryder’s abrasiveness nor the Creeper’s manic side.

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