History Comicbook / AQUAMAN

22nd Nov '16 9:59:54 AM Morgenthaler
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Aquaman (a.k.a. Arthur Curry a.k.a. Orin) is a Creator/DCComics {{Superhero}} with water-based powers. He's probably [[InkStainAdaptation best known for his]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' appearances, the [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway lame nature]] of that version's powers and the fact that he is in practically every episode, whether this makes sense or not ("What's that? Trouble in the desert? Come on team, we haven't a moment to lose! And let's bring Aquaman with us; his ability to breathe underwater and talk to fish are ''sure'' to be useful there!"). [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman In essence, having him take part in anything whatsoever was sort of the super-powered equivalent to pity sex.]]

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Aquaman (a.k.a. Arthur Curry a.k.a. Orin) is a Creator/DCComics {{Superhero}} with water-based powers. He's probably [[InkStainAdaptation [[AudienceColoringAdaptation best known for his]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' appearances, the [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway lame nature]] of that version's powers and the fact that he is in practically every episode, whether this makes sense or not ("What's that? Trouble in the desert? Come on team, we haven't a moment to lose! And let's bring Aquaman with us; his ability to breathe underwater and talk to fish are ''sure'' to be useful there!"). [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman In essence, having him take part in anything whatsoever was sort of the super-powered equivalent to pity sex.]]
13th Nov '16 7:42:53 AM Saveelich
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The character made his live-action film debut in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. He was first seen as a footage [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', portrayed by former ''Series/GameOfThrones'' star Creator/JasonMomoa.

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The character made his live-action film debut in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. He Portrayed by Creator/JasonMomoa, he was first seen as a footage [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', portrayed by former ''Series/GameOfThrones'' star Creator/JasonMomoa.
''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. He will also appear in ''{{Film/Justice League|2017}}'', scheduled for November 2017, and his own solo movie, ''Aquaman'', scheduled for 2018.
7th Oct '16 3:39:00 PM DustSnitch
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** Remember all the ''Superfriends'' jokes? During Geoff Johns' run, it's revealed that they exist even in-universe. And '''everyone''' in the DC Universe feels entitled to openly berate the "guy who speaks with fishes", married to "Aquawoman/Aquawife" ([[Film/{{Splash}} who may be a mermaid who turns into a woman when dry]]), broke because of a lack of employment, wearing a ridiculous shirt and useless if compared with the rest of the League. This despite, as mentioned elsewhere, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' portrayal being the exception to the rule and the character actually being quite {{Badass}}.

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** Remember all the ''Superfriends'' jokes? During Geoff Johns' run, it's revealed that they exist even in-universe. And '''everyone''' in the DC Universe feels entitled to openly berate the "guy who speaks with fishes", married to "Aquawoman/Aquawife" ([[Film/{{Splash}} who may be a mermaid who turns into a woman when dry]]), broke because of a lack of employment, wearing a ridiculous shirt and useless if compared with the rest of the League. This despite, as mentioned elsewhere, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' portrayal being the exception to the rule and the character actually being quite {{Badass}}.badass.
4th Oct '16 9:07:08 PM comicwriter
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: His original [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] status quo would seem quite jarring to modern readers. Instead of being half-Atlantean, he was a normal human who owed his powers to experiments performed by his scientist father. Atlantis was a dead, sunken kingdom instead of a place where people actually lived. He actually ''did'' talk to fish instead of communicating with them telepathically, and even then, these powers had time and range limits. He also had NoNameGiven, and wouldn't go by "Arthur Curry" until the late '50s. And of course, his iconic supporting characters and villains like Mera, Aqualad and Black Manta wouldn't exist until UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|Of Comic Books}}.
4th Sep '16 10:22:49 PM Doug86
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Aquaman originated in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. He first appeared in ''"More Fun Comics''" #73 (November, 1941). He was created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. In his earliest appearances, Aquaman was also [[SuperStrength strong]] and [[NighInvulnerable durable]] enough to deflect an artillery shell one-handed and outswim a torpedo. His powers were at first said to be [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower the result of special training]], but were later described as the result of his scientist father experimenting on him. Rather than communicating with sea creatures telepathically, he could speak with them "in their own language".

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Aquaman originated in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. He first appeared in ''"More ''More Fun Comics''" Comics'' #73 (November, 1941). He was created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. In his earliest appearances, Aquaman was also [[SuperStrength strong]] and [[NighInvulnerable durable]] enough to deflect an artillery shell one-handed and outswim a torpedo. His powers were at first said to be [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower the result of special training]], but were later described as the result of his scientist father experimenting on him. Rather than communicating with sea creatures telepathically, he could speak with them "in their own language".



Aquaman continued in ''"More Fun Comics''" until issue #107 (January, 1946). He was then transferred to ''"Adventure Comics''", starting with its 103rd issue (April, 1946). During UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum, Aquaman was one of the few {{Super Hero}}es who remained in publication, largely due to his status as the backup feature in ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s title.

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Aquaman continued in ''"More ''More Fun Comics''" Comics'' until issue #107 (January, 1946). He was then transferred to ''"Adventure Comics''", ''Adventure Comics'', starting with its 103rd issue (April, 1946). During UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum, Aquaman was one of the few {{Super Hero}}es who remained in publication, largely due to his status as the backup feature in ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'s title.



This version of Aquaman turned out to be more popular than the original. He continued appearing in ''"Adventure Comics ''" until issue #284 (April, 1961). He became one of the founding members of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica in 1960, and was a regular there. In 1961, Aquaman's strip got transferred to ''"Detective Comics''", he starred in a few ''"Showcase''" issues, and he got several crossovers with Superman. All in preparation of his first solo title, ''"Aquaman ''" vol. 1 #1-63 (February, 1962-March, 1971, revived August, 1977-August, 1978).

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This version of Aquaman turned out to be more popular than the original. He continued appearing in ''"Adventure Comics ''" ''Adventure Comics'' until issue #284 (April, 1961). He became one of the founding members of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica in 1960, and was a regular there. In 1961, Aquaman's strip got transferred to ''"Detective Comics''", ''Detective Comics'', he starred in a few ''"Showcase''" ''Showcase'' issues, and he got several crossovers with Superman. All in preparation of his first solo title, ''"Aquaman ''" ''Aquaman'' vol. 1 #1-63 (February, 1962-March, 1971, revived August, 1977-August, 1978).



*** Averted in 'Chronicles of Atlantis', which boots Aquaman almost entirely in favor of telling the history of Atlantis from it's beginnings up until Aquaman's birth. It is is anything ''but'' boring.

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*** Averted in 'Chronicles of Atlantis', which boots Aquaman almost entirely in favor of telling the history of Atlantis from it's its beginnings up until Aquaman's birth. It is is anything ''but'' boring.



* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: You may not have heard about this, [[SarcasmMode but he talks to fish!]] Lampshaded perfectly in the first Justice League team-up episode on Series/{{Smallville}}, in which ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} relate to [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] how Green Arrow first met Aquaman when GA rescued him from a whaling vessel. GA snarks "I saved him from being canned," and Cyborg chimes in "At ''least'' he would have been dolphin safe!" An irritated Arthur rolls his eyes and says to Clark:

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* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: You may not have heard about this, [[SarcasmMode but he talks to fish!]] Lampshaded perfectly in the first Justice League team-up episode on Series/{{Smallville}}, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', in which ComicBook/GreenArrow and ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} relate to [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] how Green Arrow first met Aquaman when GA rescued him from a whaling vessel. GA snarks "I saved him from being canned," and Cyborg chimes in "At ''least'' he would have been dolphin safe!" An irritated Arthur rolls his eyes and says to Clark:



* NinetiesAntiHero: The Creator/PeterDavid revamp was a version of this, but probably the most well-received implementation of the trope on a pre-existing character. The changes actually seemed to make sense to many readers, and was intended to undo some of the damage that WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} had done to the character's reputation.

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* NinetiesAntiHero: The Creator/PeterDavid revamp was a version of this, but probably the most well-received implementation of the trope on a pre-existing character. The changes actually seemed to make sense to many readers, and was intended to undo some of the damage that WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' had done to the character's reputation.
27th Aug '16 10:52:04 AM rafi
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* {{Badass}}: Forget everything Super Friends ever taught you about Orin and face the facts, Aquaman is the King of the Seas,(that's 70% of the planet, folks), and he is a huge ''badass''.

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* {{Badass}}: AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Forget everything Super Friends ever taught you about Orin and face the facts, Aquaman is the King of the Seas,(that's 70% of the planet, folks), and he is a huge ''badass''.
26th Jul '16 8:32:48 AM andersonh1
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* [[FadSuper Fad Villain]]: The reasons behind Black Manta's villainy have changed with the times. First he was [[MalcolmXerox "Doing this to help black people!"]] then it was [[MoneyDearBoy "Nah, I'm doing this for the money."]] These days his motivation is [[ForTheEvulz "Screw you, Aquaman!"]]

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* [[FadSuper Fad Villain]]: The reasons behind Black Manta's villainy have changed with the times. First he was [[MalcolmXerox "Doing this to help black people!"]] then it was [[MoneyDearBoy "Nah, I'm doing this for the money."]] These days then his motivation is was [[ForTheEvulz "Screw you, Aquaman!"]]Aquaman!"]]. Post-New 52 it's "YouKilledMyFather!"
19th Jun '16 12:05:23 AM Doug86
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** Even earlier, an extended storyline used Comicbook/GreenLantern villain the Shark -- a hyper-evolved tiger shark -- as a nemesis.

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** Even earlier, an extended storyline used Comicbook/GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern villain the Shark -- a hyper-evolved tiger shark -- as a nemesis.
12th Jun '16 6:21:30 PM Doug86
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This led to yet another revamp. Atlantis was sent back in time thousands of years, its citizens enslaved by their own ancestors, and Aquaman himself was imprisoned as living water. The [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] freed them in "The Obsidian Age" storyline, but Aquaman himself was cast out as a traitor. This led to him finding KingArthur's Lady of the Lake, gaining a [[ShapeshifterWeapon magical hand of living water]], and going back to his original appearance. This series also involved an underwater San Diego ("Sub Diego"), whose inhabitants had become water-breathers.

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This led to yet another revamp. Atlantis was sent back in time thousands of years, its citizens enslaved by their own ancestors, and Aquaman himself was imprisoned as living water. The [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] freed them in "The Obsidian Age" storyline, but Aquaman himself was cast out as a traitor. This led to him finding KingArthur's Myth/KingArthur's Lady of the Lake, gaining a [[ShapeshifterWeapon magical hand of living water]], and going back to his original appearance. This series also involved an underwater San Diego ("Sub Diego"), whose inhabitants had become water-breathers.
3rd Jun '16 12:12:18 AM Morgenthaler
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After ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' rolled around, Aquaman, like many [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] denizens, got a new origin. Now, he was the son of an immortal Atlantean wizard, abandoned to die for his [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond hair]] and [[RaisedByWolves raised by dolphins]] before being found by the lighthouse-keeper. After this, Creator/PeterDavid became his main writer, and revamped him; his hand was eaten by piranhas and replaced with a hook, he [[GrowingTheBeard grew out his beard]], and moved toward epic, BarbarianHero-style adventures. This led to a successful ongoing series for a time, but it slipped in popularity after David was removed, and was eventually canceled.

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After ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' rolled around, Aquaman, like many [[Franchise/TheDCU DCU]] denizens, got a new origin. Now, he was the son of an immortal Atlantean wizard, abandoned to die for his [[BlondGuysAreEvil blond hair]] hair and [[RaisedByWolves raised by dolphins]] before being found by the lighthouse-keeper. After this, Creator/PeterDavid became his main writer, and revamped him; his hand was eaten by piranhas and replaced with a hook, he [[GrowingTheBeard grew out his beard]], and moved toward epic, BarbarianHero-style adventures. This led to a successful ongoing series for a time, but it slipped in popularity after David was removed, and was eventually canceled.



* BlondGuysAreEvil: Atlanteans believe blond hair to be a curse.
** This is played straight with Kordax (Atlanteans refer to blond hair as the "Curse of Kordax") and Atlan (Aquaman's father, ComicBook/PostCrisis).
** Going further back in time, Shalako and Orin I, first princes of Tritons and Atlantis. Orin I was dark-haired, Shalako was a blonde. Orin I was a good scientist, Shalako an evil wizard. On the next generation, Dardanus, Shalako's son, was blonde and every bit as twisted as his father, Cora, Orin's daughter, was a brunette and as good natured as her parents. Furthermore, Shalako and Dardanus did everything they could to make Orin and Cora's lives miserable.
** Son'a, the kind natured mermaid queen of Tritons during [=McLaughlin=]'s run, was forced to wear elaborate headdresses to hide her blonde hair, fearing to fall in this trope. During Atlantis' history many princes and princesses were rumored to shave their heads, dye their hair or wear headdresses for that purpose.
** Once again in the new 52, the original Orin, brother to Atlan, first king of Atlantis. Orin disagreed with Atlan being accepting of welcoming other people into Atlantis, wanting to keep the bloodline of their people pure. Orin killed Atlan's wife and daughter and took the throne. [[spoiler: And Aquaman is the descendant of Orin.]]
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