Aquaman #49, February 1970

The sixties were over, and a new decade — all kipper ties, flared trousers and ABBA albums — arrives with a bang! This Nick Cardy circular composition hammers home the power of the explosion that appears to blow our hero right out of the cover. The brilliant use of colour only adds to the effect. “The Battle Ends… and the Sea Dies!” what more could the eager thrill seeker want?

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