Aquaman was a founding member of the Super Friends
, along with Superman, Batman, and Wonderwoman. He appeared on every episode, and of course was prominent in all the intros and theme music. This wasn't just a cameo - this went on from 1973 to 1986. Actually Aquaman and Superman had their own show before the Super Friends
. The key thing here is 'name recognition'. Some people think his powers weren't strong enough. This article I just read goes so far as to call Aquaman's time on the Super Friends
'disasterous'. NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Sure he participated mostly when water was involved; so what. He wasn't a goofball or screw-up or anything. He was very respectable. Watch clips from the show - you'll probably see Superman getting captured more often than Aquaman. Bottom line is Super Friends
made Aquaman a household name.