Aquaman

Aquaman
Real name
Arthur Curry
Current alias
Aquaman
Aliases
Orin
Alignment
Relatives
Mera (wife)
Base of operations
The Sea

Characteristics
Gender
First appearance

History

Depending on which version of his origin story you choose to believe, Aquaman was either a) given the ability to breathe underwater by his scientist father, b) the son of a Princess of Atlantis and lighthouse keeper Tom Curry, raised in a lighthouse, or c) the son of a wizard and an Atlantean Princess, raised by either Tom Curry or a school of Dolphins. Other origins may well be available. Anyway, whoever he started out as, Aquaman ended up as the King of Atlantis, and a member of the Justice League of America by virtue of being the world's most prominent undersea crimefighter (though how much crime there actually is under the sea, I don't know).

Powers and abilities

Powers

Able to telepathically communicate with and command sea life (essentially, he talks to fish).

Abilities

Can breathe underwater or on land

Strength level

Superhuman

Weaknesses

Needs to be immersed in water at regular intervals or he'll die.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Once rode a giant seahorse called Storm (his junior partner Aqualad rode one called Imp).

Notes

Aquaman is an American character, but has appeared intermittently in British reprints for decades, both in solo stories and as part of the Justice League. His appearances include issues of the Superboy Annual, The Super Heroes Monthly, Superadventure Annual, Justice League Annual and DC Spotlight Vol 1 5.

Trivia

  • Aquaman's original 1940's incarnation (the guy who was experimented on by his dad!) can be differentiated from his revised 1950's incarnation (the lighthouse keeper's son) by the fact that the earlier version usually wore yellow gloves rather than the later green ones. Of course, since most British reprint comics pre-1980's were in black and white anyway, that may not be particularly helpful...
  • Aquaman has no connection to the Marvel character Namor, who also coincidentally happens to be the King of Atlantis and the son of a human father and an Atlantean princess.

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