Aquaman

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Aquaman is a male comic superhero who features in DC Comics.

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Biography

Golden Age

Silver Age

Arthur Curry was the son of a human named Tom Curry and an Atlantean named Atlanna. His father was an ex-sailor who maintained a solitary existence as a lighthouse keeper. One day, a hurricane hit the region and Tom was shocked to find a young woman trapped on a raft at sea. He quickly moved to rescue her and took her back to the lighthouse where the two fell in love. Two weeks later, the two got married and they had a son they named Arthur Curry a year later. Despite the love they shared though, a strange feeling came to Atlanna who was always staring out into the sea. Arthur himself also developed strange abilities from a young age where he was able to naturally swim in water when he was 10 months old. When he was two years old, Arthur struck his head and fell underwater by a derelict for an hour with his father desperately in search of him only to shockingly discover his son able to breath underwater. A year later, Arthur was in the water when sharks emerged but Tom was shocked to find that the animals did not harm his son and in fact allowed him to touch them. A while later, his father fell ill and was on her deathbed where she finally revealed her origins to her husband and son thus showing that she was from Atlantis. (Adventure Comics v1 #260)

Whilst setting up their lair, they were visited by a water sprite named Quisp who came to warn them about the Fire Trolls. The giant beings had invaded his realm but a fissure came to form a doorway to Earth with the fiery creatures invading the world. (Aquaman v1 #1)

Upon returning to Atlantis, he learnt that Juvor who ruled the city had died and that Aquaman was his successor. To avoid the bloodshed of civil war, he accepted the crown whereupon ancient law dictated that he needed to choose a wife. Shocked by this, Aquaman decided to go on patrol first before he came to a decision as he struggled with the idea of marrying any of the maidens in Atlantis as he was not in love with them. During patrol, he witnessed Mera being pursued by Oceanus who was from her kingdom and madly in love though she rejected his advances. Mera had actually left her watery dimension when the barrier between their worlds was set to shut for many years. Thus, she had left her kingdom in order to be with Arthur. However, the ancient law stated that he could only marry an Atlantean and regrettably had to reject her. Afterwards, a despondent Aquaman returned to Atlantis which had been conquered by Oceanus who had taken Mera to his side. The Xebellian had enslaved the Aquaman and Aqualad alongside the Atlanteans until Mera turned against him forcing him to flee. In the aftermath, Aquaman used his authority as ruler to make Mera an honorary Atlantean thus allowing him to marry her with a large wedding held for the pair. (Aquaman v1 #18)

Modern Age

Post-Flashpoint

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

Mera then inadvertently killed Arthur in a fit of rage where he passed into the kingdom of Mother Shark. The primordial being sensed a great destiny within him and decided to let him live but he for a time had forgotten his past. (Aquaman v8 #49)

After the fight, Mera had collapsed and was going into labour with Arthur quickly taking her back to Atlantis to get medical treatment. Whilst there, she had to be put into a coma to allow her body to heal but had given birth to a healthy baby girl who was Arthur's daughter. (Aquaman v8 #57)

Overview

Personality and attributes

Arthur's father was a human lighthouse keeper by the name of Tom Curry whilst his mother was an Atlantean named Atlanna. (Adventure Comics v1 #260)

Upon meeting Mera, he found her to be beautiful and had fallen in love with her. Eventually, he came to marry her and Mera became his wife. (Aquaman v1 #18)

At one point, one of his allies was a green-haired two-feet tall being called Quisp who claimed to be a water sprite (Aquaman v1 #1)

He once encountered an ancient primordial being called Mother Shark who was said to be as old as time. She was said to stand watch over those that passed from the world of the living to the dead. Mother Shark resided in the Sunken Forest where the ocean's collective memory resided amongst its corals. (Aquaman v8 #48)

Powers and abilities

Using telepathy in Brightest Day v1 #1.

Arthur was the son of a human and Atlantean where he inherited abilities of the latter such as being able to breath underwater. (Adventure Comics v1 #260)

One of his defining abilities was his telepathy that allowed him to communicate to aquatic life through a kind of sixth sense. (Adventure Comics v1 #260) He could also use his telepathy offensively against enemies as he could use it to locate the brain's basal ganglia that was a part inherited from a person's marine ancestors and use it to trigger a seizure in an enemy. (JLA v1 #4) In time, his control had improved to the point that he could conduct simple mental probes into a person's mind. (Aquaman v5 #40) Such was his level of control that he could communicate with even microscopic plankton and get their aid to attack his enemies. (Aquaman v6 #22) It was said that this power was tied to a force that linked all aquatic life which was known as the Clear. (Aquaman v5 #35)

Sometimes, when wielding magical relics, an effect that was shown to him wielding their power was his eyes taking a bright golden glow. (Aquaman v8 #32)

Unknown to him, within his body contained the force of the Life Energy that was a primordial power that came from the ocean itself. (Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth v1 #1)

Notes

  • Aquaman was created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris where he made his first appearance in More Fun Comics v1 #73 (November, 1941).

Alternate Versions

In other media

Television

  • In the DC Animated Universe, the character made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
    • In Superman: The Animated Series, Aquaman made his first appearance in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Miguel Ferrer.
    • In Batman Beyond, Aquaman was referenced in the animated television series in the episode "The Call: Part 1" where his daughter Aquagirl appeared in the setting.
    • In Justice League, Aquaman appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Scott Rummell.
    • In Justice League Unlimited, Aquaman appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced again by actor Scott Rummell.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aquaman made multiple appearances in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor John DiMaggio.
  • In Young Justice, Aquaman appeared in the setting of the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Phil LaMarr.

Films

  • In Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Aquaman appeared in the setting of the animated film where he was voiced by actor Josh Keaton.
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Aquaman appeared in the setting of the 2013 animated film where he was voiced by actor Cary Elwes.
  • In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Aquaman appeared in the setting of the animated film where he was voiced by actor Matt Lanter.

Video games

  • In DC Universe Online, Aquaman appeared in the setting of the MMORPG video game where he was voiced by actor Jens Anderson.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Aquaman appeared as a playable character in the setting of the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor Phil LaMarr.
  • In Injustice 2, Aquaman returned as a playable character in the setting of the fighting vide game where he was voiced once again by actor Phil LaMarr.

Other

Appearances

  • More Fun Comics v1:
  • Adventure Comics v1:
  • Aquaman v1:
  • Justice League of America v1:
  • Aquaman v5:
  • JLA v1:
  • Aquaman v6:
  • Brightest Day v1:
  • Justice League v2:
  • Aquaman v7:
  • Aquaman and the Others v1:
  • Aquaman v8:
  • Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth v1:

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