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Aquaman (Arthur Curry) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published

by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character debuted in More Fun
Comics #73 (November 1941).[1] Initially a backup feature in DC's anthology titles, Aquaman later
starred in several volumes of a solo comic book series. During the late 1950s and 1960s superhero-
revival period known as the Silver Age, he was a founding member of the Justice League. In the
1990s Modern Age, writers interpreted Aquaman's character more seriously, with storylines depicting
the weight of his role as king of Atlantis.[2]
The character's original 1960s animated appearances left a lasting impression, making Aquaman
widely recognized in popular culture and one of the world's most recognized superheroes. Jokes
about his wholesome, weak portrayal in Super Friends and perceived feeble powers and abilities
have been staples of comedy programs and stand-up routines, [3][4][5] leading DC at several times to
attempt to make the character edgier or more powerful in comic books. [6] Modern comic book
depictions have attempted to reconcile these various aspects of his public perception, with many
versions often casting Aquaman as serious and brooding, saddled with an ill reputation, and
struggling to find a true role and purpose beyond his public side as a deposed king and a fallen hero.
[7]

Aquaman has been featured in several adaptations, first appearing in animated form in the
1967 The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and then in the related Super Friends program.
Since then he has appeared in various animated productions, including prominent roles in the 2000s
series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well
as several DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Actor Alan Ritchson also portrayed the character
in the live-action television show Smallville. In the DC Extended Universe, actor Jason
Momoa portrays the character in the films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League,
and Aquaman.[8][9][10]

Contents

 1Publication History

 2Fictional character biography

o 2.1Golden Age

o 2.2Silver Age

 2.2.1Allies and foes

 2.2.2End of an era

o 2.3Modern Age

 2.3.1Retelling origins

 2.3.2New direction

 2.3.3Hiatus between series

 2.3.4Sixth series
 2.3.5The missing year through "Final Crisis"

 2.3.6Blackest Night

 2.3.7Brightest Day

o 2.4The New 52 and "Convergence"

o 2.5Rebirth/DC Universe

 3Arthur Joseph Curry

 4Powers and abilities

 5Other versions

o 5.1Earth-3

 6Collected editions

o 6.1The New 52

o 6.2DC Rebirth

 7In other media

o 7.1Television

o 7.2Film

 8Theme park attractions

o 8.1Aquaman Splashdown

 9Reception and legacy

 10See also

 11References

 12External links

Publication History[edit]
Aquaman's Pre-Crisis publication history spans many titles and anthologies, and can be difficult to
follow.
Aquaman's appearances began in More Fun Comics #73, and continued until issue #107 (all
superhero features would be replaced with humor features by issue #108). At this time, Aquaman
began his first run in Adventure Comics, lasting from issue #103 to issue #282. A four issue run
in Showcase followed. These Showcase issues are notable as Aquaman's first cover appearances in
any comic.
Soon after this, Aquaman began his first solo series, which would last 56 issues in its initial run. After
a 3-year hiatus, Aquaman returned to Adventure Comics for 15 issues, (#435-#437 & #441-#452). At
this point, his new solo series began at #57 (continuing the numbering from the initial run) and ended
after 7 issues with #63. Aquaman once again returned to Adventure Comics as part of the Dollar
Comics revamp of the series. When this ended, Aquaman appeared in 3 issues of World's Finest
Comics (#262-264) and then returned to Adventure Comics for 4 more issues (#475-#478). The
feature found a new home in Action Comics for 14 issues (#517-#520; #527-#530; #536-#540),
which would be the end of Aquaman's Pre-Crisis solo appearances.
Post Crisis, Aquaman's next solo titles were two miniseries and two specials. This was followed up
with a new Aquaman series (Volume 4), which lasted 13 issues. Preceding Aquaman's fifth solo
series was the miniseries Time & Tide, which provided a revamped origin for Aquaman. Volume 5 is
the longest solo series Aquaman has had to date, lasting for 75 issues. Volume 6 followed the
Obsidian Age storyline in JLA, and was renamed Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis with issue #40 until the
final issue #57.

Fictional character biography[edit]


Golden Age[edit]
Aquaman's first origin story was presented in flashback from his debut in More Fun Comics #73
(November 1941), narrated by the character himself:
The story must start with my father, a famous undersea explorer—if I spoke his name, you would
recognize it. My mother died when I was a baby, and he turned to his work of solving the ocean's
secrets. His greatest discovery was an ancient city, in the depths where no other diver had ever
penetrated. My father believed it was the lost kingdom of Atlantis. He made himself a water-tight
home in one of the palaces and lived there, studying the records and devices of the race's
marvelous wisdom. From the books and records, he learned ways of teaching me to live under the
ocean, drawing oxygen from the water and using all the power of the sea to make me wonderfully
strong and swift. By training and a hundred scientific secrets, I became what you see—a human
being who lives and thrives under the water.
In his early Golden Age appearances, Aquaman can breathe underwater and control fish and other
underwater life for up to a minute. Initially, he was depicted as speaking to sea creatures "in their
own language" rather than telepathically, and only when they were close enough to hear him (within
a 20 yards (18 m) radius). Aquaman's adventures took place all across the world, and his base was
"a wrecked fishing boat kept underwater," in which he lived.[11]
During his wartime adventures, most of Aquaman's foes were Nazi U-boat commanders and
various Axis villains from when he once worked with the All-Star Squadron. The rest of his
adventures in the 1940s and 1950s had him dealing with various sea-based criminals, including
modern-day pirates such as his longtime archenemy Black Jack, as well as various threats to
aquatic life, shipping lanes, and sailors.
Aquaman's last appearance in More Fun Comics was in issue #106, before being moved along
with Superboy and Green Arrow to Adventure Comics, starting with issue #103 in 1946.