Adventure 267 (Dec 59) features not only an early appearance by the Legion of Super-Heroes, but also an interesting not-quite-team-up by Aquaman and Green Arrow.
Of the three stories, the Superboy one is the least impressive; and if a Legion freak like me is saying that, you can be sure it’s true.
The costumes are almost right, but there is really little else to recommend this story.
Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl show up in Smallville again, stopping crimes and treating Superboy badly. Even Krypto and the Kents turn against him. He leaves, and discovers a world built in his honour by Legionnaires, who promptly imprison him in a kryptonite cage. They had seen him on a time viewer destroying military property, so feel he deserves death. Saturn Girl had used her telepathy to turn everyone against him.
Of course, it’s all a misunderstanding, and everyone is buddies again at the end of the story.
Hate to say it, but this mess was written by Jerry Siegel, although I’m not sure he’s the one to blame for Saturn Girl emitting destructive beams from her eyes, as that detail is in the art, but not the text.
Aquaman’s story begins with Shark Norton and the Wizard, old enemies of Aquaman and Green Arrow respectively (although this was in fact the only appearance of either villain), each deciding to switch their areas of operation. Shark Norton will evade Aquaman by committing crimes on land, and the Wizard will elude Green Arrow by heading out to sea for his larcenous activities.
This story is also the earliest I can find that specifies the one-hour time limit for Aquaman, so delicately phrased by a police officer, “you gasp for water like a dying fish.”
Nevertheless, Aquaman pursues Shark Norton, and once again Ramona Fradon has fun with Topo, who uses his tentacles to shoot four arrows at the same time. Aquaman goes through the tale with his head in a bowl of water, but triumphs anyway.
Meanwhile, Green Arrow and Speedy don underwater gear to pursue the Wizard. Some really nice art by Lee Elias on this, I do like his work on the Green Arrow series.
The Wizard is using an artificial iceberg as his base, and while Green Arrow and Speedy attempt to melt it with arrowheads made of salt, they stumble across a Godzilla-type sea monster awakened by atomic testing, whose fire breath proves more effective at the task.
The two heroes interact only in the very last panel of the story, congratulating each other. Not a real team-up, but an enjoyable way to link the two back-up features in this issue.