Aquaman (Arthur Curry) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the . Aquaman has had his origin story retold differently several times over his many From the books and records, he learned ways of teaching me to live under the of Aquaman Special (officially titled as Aquaman Special #1 in the comic's legal. Arthur Curry is Aquaman, an adventurer who is half-human and Aquaman at Comic Book Database · Aquaman at TV Tropes · The Aquaman Shrine.
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A founding member of the Justice League of America, Aquaman has fought preserbelleodo.gq See All Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Since that time, DC has published thousands of Aquaman comic books, which have included some incredible storylines, Aquaman story arcs, graphic novels. Aquaman made his last appearance in More Fun Comics # and .. Arthur Joseph Curry had his first comic book appearance in May of.
This would be the end of Aquaman's Pre-Crisis solo appearances. Post Crisis, Aquaman's next solo titles were 2 miniseries and 2 specials. This was followed up with volume 4, which lasted 13 issues. Volume 5 was the longest solo series Aquaman has had to date. Sword of Atlantis with issue Aquaman's first origin story was presented in flashback from his debut in More Fun Comics 73 November , 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.
Aquaman's adventures took place all across the world, and his base was "a wrecked fishing boat kept underwater," in which he lived. During his wartime adventures, most of Aquaman's foes were Nazi U-boat commanders and various Axis villains where he once worked with the All-Star Squadron.
The rest of his adventures in the s and s 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 , before being moved along with Superboy and Green Arrow to Adventure Comics , starting with issue in Aquaman's adventures continued to be published in Adventure Comics through the s and s, as one of the few superheroes to last through the s in continuous publication.
Starting in the late s, new elements to Aquaman's backstory were introduced, with various new supporting characters added and several adjustments made to the character, his origins, his powers, and persona.
The first of these elements was the story "Aquaman's Undersea Partner" in Adventure Comics October , where his octopus sidekick, Topo, was first introduced. This and subsequent elements were later, after the establishment of DC's multiverse in the s, attributed to the Aquaman of Earth-One. In it and subsequent Silver Age comics it was revealed that Aquaman was Arthur Curry , the son of Tom Curry, a lighthouse keeper, and Atlanna, a water-breathing outcast from the lost, underwater city of Atlantis.
Due to his heritage, Aquaman discovers as a youth that he possesses various superhuman abilities, including the powers of surviving underwater, communication with sea life, and tremendous swimming prowess. Eventually, Arthur decided to use his talents to become the defender of the Earth's oceans. It was later revealed that he had, in his youth, adventured as Aquaboy and on one occasion, met Superboy , Earth's only other publicly active superpowered hero at the time.
It was later revealed that after Atlanna's death, Tom Curry met and married an ordinary human woman and had a son named Orm Curry, Aquaman's half-brother. Orm grew up as a troubled youth in the shadow of his brother, who constantly bailed him out of trouble with the law.
He grew to hate Aquaman not only for the powers that he could never possess but also because he believed that their father would always favor Aquaman.
Orm disappeared after becoming an amnesiac and would resurface years later as Aquaman's nemesis, Ocean Master. Aquaman's ability to talk with fish eventually expanded to full-fledged telepathic communication with sea creatures even from great distances.
He also retroactively developed a specific weakness akin to Superman 's vulnerability to kryptonite or Green Lantern 's vulnerability to the color yellow: Aquaman had to come into contact with water at least once per hour, or he would die.
Prior to this story, Aquaman could exist both in and out of water indefinitely. Aquaman was included in the Justice League of America comic book series, appearing with the team in their very first adventure,  and was also a founding member of the team.
Aquaman's supporting cast and rogues gallery soon began to grow with the addition of Aqualad , an outcast, orphaned youth from an Atlantean colony whom Aquaman takes in and begins to mentor. Aquaman is recognized as the son of Atlanna and is later voted to be the King after the death of the former regent, who has no heirs.
The s series introduced other such archenemies as the Ocean Master Aquaman's amnesiac half-brother Orm ,  Black Manta ,  the Fisherman ,  the Scavenger ,  and the terrorist organization known as O. Vulko , a trustworthy Atlantean scientist who became Aquaman's royal adviser and whom Aquaman eventually appoints to be king after leaving the throne himself;  and Tula known as " Aquagirl " , an Atlantean princess who was Aqualad's primary love interest.
In the mids, after his own feature's demise, Aquaman is briefly made the leader of the Justice League of America. In a storyline in Justice League of America —, an invasion of Earth by a race of Martians occurs at a time when the core members are missing.
Aquaman is thus forced to defend Earth with a League much-depleted in power and capability, and he takes it upon himself to disband the Justice League altogether in Justice League of America Annual 2 , thereafter reforming it with new bylaws requiring members to give full participation to the League's cases. With the help of veteran Justice League members Martian Manhunter , Zatanna , and Elongated Man , Aquaman recruits and trains four new and untried members, Gypsy , Vibe , Vixen , and Steel , also relocating the team's headquarters to a reinforced bunker in Detroit , Michigan after the destruction of the JLA's satellite headquarters during the invasion.
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries, several short miniseries were produced in the late s and the early s, beginning with 's four-issue Aquaman February—May , written by Neal Pozner , and featuring Aquaman in a new, largely deep-sea blue, costume.
The series was well received and a follow up limited series was in the works, though it was eventually canceled due to creative problems. The series also added mystical elements to Aquaman's mythology and reinvented Ocean Master as a sorcerer. Aquaman reappeared in his blue costume in the Aquaman Special 1 In late , the character appeared in the " Invasion!
In , the Legend of Aquaman Special officially titled as Aquaman Special 1 in the comic's legal indicia, the second Special in back-to-back years rewrote Aquaman's mythos and origin, though keeping most of his Silver Age history intact.
As a baby, he was abandoned on Mercy Reef which is above sea level at low tide, causing exposure to air which would be fatal to Atlanteans because of his blond hair, which was seen by the superstitious Atlanteans as a sign of a curse they called "the Mark of Kordax. While his pleas fell on deaf ears, Vulko would later become a close friend and advisor to the young Orin. As a feral child who raised himself in the wilds of the ocean with only sea creatures to keep him company, Orin was found and taken in by a lighthouse keeper named Arthur Curry who named Orin "Arthur Curry" after himself.
One day, Orin returns home and finds that his adoptive father has disappeared, so he sets off on his own. In his early teens, Orin ventures to the far north, where he meets and falls in love with an Inupiat girl named Kako. He also first earned the hatred of Orm, the future Ocean Master who was later revealed to be Arthur's half-brother by Atlan and an Inupiat woman.
As detailed in the five-issue Aquaman limited series June—October by the same creative team of the special of Robert Loren Fleming , Keith Giffen , and Curt Swan , which continued a few of the themes from the Legend of Aquaman Special , Mera is eventually driven insane by grief over the death of Arthur, Jr.
Shortly afterwards, an alien force conquers Atlantis. Arthur is forced to save the city but is hampered by an escaped Mera, who personally blames Arthur for the death of their son. In a fit of rage, Mera leaves Aquaman's dimension. The publication of writer Peter David 's The Atlantis Chronicles 1—7 March—September , which tells the story of Atlantis from antediluvian times to Aquaman's birth, introduced the ancient Atlantean characters Orin after whom Aquaman was named and Atlan who was revealed to be Aquaman's father.
Another Aquaman ongoing series with creative team Shaun McLaughlin and Ken Hooper 1—13 thereafter ran from December to December , which portrayed Aquaman reluctantly deciding to remain in Poseidonis as its protector once again. For a time, he serves as Atlantis' representative to the United Nations but always finds himself thrust back into the superhero role.
Becoming more and more of a workaholic and solitary figure, Aquaman eventually returns to the oceans. He soon becomes tangled up in another attempt by Black Manta to destroy Atlantis by dragging it into a war with a surface nation. Peter David returned to the character in another limited series, Aquaman: Time and Tide , a — four-issue series which further explained Aquaman's origins, as he finally learns all about the history of his people through the Atlantis Chronicles , which are presented as historical texts passed down and updated through the centuries.
Aquaman learns that his birth name was Orin and that he and his enemy Ocean Master share the same father, "an ancient Atlantean wizard" named Atlan. This revelation sends Orin into a bout of rage and depression, setting the stage for later confrontations between the two, as it is said in the Chronicles that "two brothers will also battle for control of Atlantis".
This is in contrast to the Silver Age Aquaman, who had always known that the Ocean Master was his half-brother Orm, although Orm's amnesia prevented him from remembering that fact for some time.
This series is credited by Kevin Melrose of Comic Book Resources with helping the character reach the height of his modern-era popularity. Aquaman starred in his own series again with the publication of the fifth volume of Aquaman 1 August , initially scripted by Peter David, following up on his Time and Tide miniseries.
This series was the longest-running for the character, lasting until its 75th issue. David left the series after issue 46 July after working on it for nearly four years. David began by giving Aquaman an entirely new look, forsaking his former clean-cut appearance.
Following his discoveries reading the Atlantis Chronicles during Time and Tide , Aquaman withdraws from the world for a time. Garth finds him weeks later, with his hair and beard grown long, brooding in his cave. Aquaman loses his left hand when the madman Charybdis , attempting to force Arthur to show him how he can harness Arthur's ability to communicate with sea life, sticks Arthur's hand into a piranha -infested pool.
His classic orange shirt is shredded in a battle with Lobo ,  and rather than replace it, he goes shirtless for a while before donning a gladiatorial manica.
A major storyline, culminating in 25, concerns the Five Lost Cities of Atlantis. Facing an unearthly invading species linked to the origin of the Atlanteans, Aquaman has to search out and unite the lost cities.
This storyline establishes him as a Warrior King and a major political power, ruling largely undisputed over all the Atlantean cities. The remainder of Peter David's run focused on Orin coming to terms with his genetic heritage and his role as a king.
During this time he discovers the remnants of a sentient alien ship beneath Poseidonis and is able to take control of it, returning Poseidonis to the surface and bringing Atlantis into greater contact with the outside world. The cultural changes this brings about, including increased tourism, as well as his conflicting duties as superhero and king, bring him into increasing tension with the political powers in his city.
The series ended with 75 January His second harpoon is also destroyed, this time in a battle with Noble, King of the Lurkers; he replaces it with a golden prosthetic hand developed by Atlantean scientists which can change shape at his command, thus retaining the powers of the harpoon but being more all-purpose.
After a brief war with an island nation, Aquaman expands Atlantis' surface influence by annexing the country to Atlantis.
Aquaman had no regular series of his own from —, but his plot went through several developments via his cameo appearances in several other titles. Aquaman was a founding member of the reformed JLA  and remains an active, if sometimes reluctant member of that team until the " Our Worlds at War " storyline in shortly after the cancellation of Aquaman vol.
The Justice League eventually find that the city was still there, just magically shielded, but in ruins and apparently uninhabited. The Atlanteans are trapped in the ancient past, where Tempest had sent them as a last measure when it appeared that the city would be destroyed by the probe. There, however, they are enslaved by their own Atlantean ancestors, led by a powerful sorceress named Gamemnae , and Aquaman himself is transformed into living water and imprisoned in an ornamental pool.
Over time, this civilization had collapsed until only Gamemnae herself, now immensely powerful, inhabited the ruins. Aquaman is freed from his prison in the pool, and Zatanna enhances his powers so that he can now control the entire ocean as a water wraith. With this power, Aquaman is able to sever Gamemnae's connection to the city by sinking it under the sea again. While he fights Gamemnae, the League members return the modern Atlanteans to the present, where they can begin rebuilding the city, which in the present too is once again at the bottom of the sea.
A sixth Aquaman series began shortly afterwards, initially written by Rick Veitch who sought to take Aquaman in a more mystical direction. This series ran 57 issues, starting in December cover dated February ; initially focusing on Aquaman's efforts to survive after he was exiled from Atlantis and the ocean, the theme of the storyline changed when Aquaman became involved after a sizeable portion of San Diego sunk into the ocean.
Over the next few months, it was discovered that the sinking was the work of a scientist who had acquired a sample of Aquaman's DNA; believing that the human race as it currently existed would destroy Earth, he had sunk the city while using the sample he took from Aquaman to convert most of the residents into water-breathers. Aquaman goes on to establish himself as the protector of 'Sub Diego', aided by new Aquagirl Lorena Marquez , despite such problems as the human residents' poor reaction to being trapped underwater or Ocean Master's attempt to 'rewrite history' so that he is Aquaman while Orin is Ocean Master.
Starting with 40 May , following the events of the " Infinite Crisis " storyline, it was renamed Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis which ended with issue 57 October Following the " One Year Later " storyline starting with Aquaman vol. Sword of Atlantis and taken in an entirely different direction by writer Kurt Busiek. Aquaman is missing and presumed dead. A youth by the name of "Arthur Joseph Curry" is summoned by the mysterious Dweller in the Depths to take up the mantle of Aquaman, but it gradually emerges that the Dweller himself is Aquaman, having lost much of his memory and been strangely mutated while gaining magical powers.
See the Arthur Joseph Curry section, below. These changes were explained later during the "missing year" depicted in the weekly series Aquaman makes a brief appearance at the memorial for Superboy. Sometime later Ralph Dibny , seemingly accompanied by Dr. Fate 's helmet, meets a bearded, long-haired, and amnesic Orin in the ruins of Atlantis.
The helmet portends that " if he lives Orin makes a deal with the gods of the sea in a desperate bid to gain the power to save the lives of several Sub Diego inhabitants who had lost the ability to live in water.
Using the bones of his severed left hand in a magical ritual, the sea gods give Orin the power to raise Sub Diego onto dry land. However, as a side effect of this, Orin mutates into the "Dweller of the Depths", and loses his memories. In the midst of trying to help his successor, Orin is murdered by Narwhal.
Orin seemingly reappears in Atlantis during the " Final Crisis " storyline to fend off the forces of Darkseid , but this Aquaman is revealed to be from another Earth in the multiverse.
In Blackest Night 1, Garth returns to Atlantis and tells Orin's wife Mera that he is angry at the notion of Aquaman's body being buried on land.
Mera relays to Tempest that Orin felt safe on land and that it is indeed what he wanted. Sometime later, a black power ring is seen entering Orin's grave, bidding him to rise. Garth is killed and joins the Black Lanterns himself. Mera rejects the corpse before fleeing. In the climax of the miniseries, Aquaman is among those resurrected by The White Lantern Entity , and is reunited with Mera. Because the Black Lantern Ring helps reconstruct Orin's body, when he is resurrected his hand is restored as well.
Aquaman and Mera spend the night together in the lighthouse of Amnesty Bay, but in the morning Mera finds Arthur on the dock looking at the sea and wondering why he was resurrected. While cleaning up an oil spill, Aquaman and Mera are attacked by soldiers from Mera's homeworld, led by Siren. Mera reveals that she was sent to kill him. She later reveals that Siren is her younger sister. Aquaman is told by the White Lantern Entity to find Jackson Hyde before a second, unidentified group does.
It is revealed that Aquaman's Silver Age origin has been re-established and he is once again the half-human son of Tom Curry and an Atlantean queen. Afterward, Aquaman is reunited with Mera, at which point he discovers that the Xebels' weapons were made of Atlantean technology. As part of The New 52 , DC's relaunch of their entire superhero line, Geoff Johns , Ivan Reis and Joe Prado served as the initial creative team of the company's new Aquaman series, the first issue of which was released September 28, The relaunched series cements Aquaman's status as the half-human son of Tom Curry and Atlanna , and sees him return to Amnesty Bay with Mera.
Greatly distressed by the harsh treatment given to the oceans during his time as ruler of Atlantis, Aquaman decides to abdicate the Atlantean throne and return to full-time heroics. However, he now struggles with his lack of reputation with the greater public, which views him as a lesser metahuman with less impressive powers than those of his peers.
All of The Others have in their possession an enchanted relic from Atlantis. From to , an independent Aquaman and the Others series was launched. The " Convergence " storyline gives Aquaman a new look at issue He has been deposed from his throne by Mera, now Queen of Atlantis, who is now hunting Aquaman as a fugitive.
Along the way Arthur acquires some new powers and new equipment giving him access to powerful mystical capabilities. It is later revealed that Atlantis is really being run by Siren, identical twin sister of Mera, whom she has taken prisoner. Following the company-wide rebranding in DC Rebirth with one focus point to bring back legacy and relationships, Arthur finally proposes to Mera in DC Universe: Rebirth 1.
Aquaman was given an eighth volume of his eponymous series, which started with a one-shot comic book entitled Aquaman: Rebirth 1 August This issue and the subsequent eighth volume of Aquaman kept writer Dan Abnett who had taken over the title of the three last issues in the New 52, having previously written the character for a short time a decade earlier. The eighth volume of Aquaman focuses on Aquaman's role as king and diplomat, with Arthur attempting to strengthen Atlantis-surface relationships by opening an Atlantean embassy in Amnesty Bay, with Mera appointed as ambassador.
The series largely focuses on the main cast featured in the New 52 series consisting of Aquaman, Mera, and Black Manta, while also fleshing out forgotten side characters such as Murk, Tula Aquagirl , Black Jack, and others.
Sword of Atlantis 40 May Sword of Atlantis with issue 40 May The new developments include a new lead character, a new supporting cast, and the inclusion of sword and sorcery —type fantasy elements in the series.
The character was short-lived, and was not seen much leading up to the revival of Aquaman in the Blackest Night miniseries, and is not featured in DC continuity at all following its reboot, The New Arthur's story resembles versions of the original Aquaman's. While awaiting transport to Miami , Florida , a young man named Arthur Joseph Curry is washed out to sea when a storm ruptures the tank he is in.
Phillip Curry. Arthur's mother, Elaine, died in childbirth and Dr. Curry was forced to use a mutagenic serum on his son when he was born three months premature. Arthur has lived his whole life in the main tank of his father's research facility at Avalon Cay, his only window to the outside world being television. Shortly after his arrival in the sea, Arthur is mentally contacted by the mysterious "Dweller of the Depths", a deformed humanoid with tentacles instead of hair and a left hand made of water.
The Dweller urges him to help King Shark , who still bears scars from a previous battle with Aquaman during the recent Crisis. The Dweller, confusing Arthur for Aquaman and calling him his "charge", tells Arthur and King Shark of a prophecy regarding Arthur's future, a prophecy which seems to be a distorted version of the original Aquaman's history.
The Dweller reveals that the original Aquaman was "transformed into one akin to a great and terrible enemy of your people and became the vessel of power strange, ancient and terrible. Arthur's first trip causes him to meet many of Aquaman's supporting characters including Mera, the Sea Devils, Vulko, and eventually Ocean Master. During this adventure, the Dweller progressively realizes that he himself is the original Aquaman, despite having no memory of his former life.
Later, Arthur finds a humanoid squid named Topo, a naive youth attracted by superheroics and seeking to become a sidekick, and Tempest , now amnesiac, unable to breathe water, and implanted with a post-hypnotic suggestion warning of an upcoming battle.
The Justice League is called in to evaluate Orin's situation, but are unable to determine if he is truly dead, or if he can somehow resurrect himself due to his new magical nature. In Sword of Atlantis 57, the series' final issue, Aquaman is visited by the Lady of the Lake, who explains his origins.
The original Aquaman had given a sample of his water hand to Dr. Curry in order to resurrect Curry's dead son, Arthur, whom he had named after Orin. When Orin attempted to resurrect Sub Diego, a part of his soul attached itself to the dead body of Arthur Joseph Curry, while Orin mutated into the Dweller. Blaming himself for Orin's death, Aquaman vows to never be called "Arthur" again, refraining from using the "stolen" name, asking only to be called Joseph in the future. Joseph is considered as a candidate for the new Outsiders by Batman.
After seeing him in action with Metamorpho , however, Batman decides against his induction. In their quest to rid the Earth of all forms of kryptonite , Superman and Batman journey deep below the sea and find a large amount of it. The two of them are met with hostility by Aquaman and King Shark. A brief fight ensues, but eventually, Joseph allows them to take the kryptonite. Before doing so, he points out that not everyone may want Superman to find all of Earth's kryptonite, and that he would have to be at least part human to know that.
Joseph Curry would continue to be the stand-in king of Atlantis until after the "Final Crisis" storyline. It was revealed that Joseph had stepped down from his position due to being unable to deal with the pressure of carrying on Orin's legacy.
Tempest later finds Joseph's trident and costume draped over Orin's throne, confirming that he had abandoned his duties. Aquaman's most widely recognized power is the telepathic ability to communicate with marine life, which he can summon from great distances.
He once stated that this power more relied on encouraging and compelling the subject rather than full control, citing piranha as a species he has trouble commanding under any circumstances due to their ruthlessness and hunger.
Although this power is most often and most easily used on beings that live in the sea, Aquaman has at times demonstrated the ability to affect any being that lives upon the sea e. Per the DC continuity reboot, Aquaman's telepathy has been greatly downplayed: The character has a number of other superhuman powers, most of which derive from the fact that he is adapted to live and thrive in the harshest of underwater environments.
He releases a chemical into the water, which forms a molecular bond with the protective dome surrounding Atlantis. As the chemical begins to seep through the dome and into Atlantis, Mera leads the evacuation and uses her hard-water powers to protect her son.
Aquaman finally frees himself and returns to the city. They are forced to flush out all of the contaminated water, forcing everyone remaining behind to breathe oxygen instead of water. The Atlanteans can only remain out of the water for up to one hour.
At Aquaman's urging, Vulko initiates Project-X. Project-X is a serum that will transform Atlanteans into air-breathers. Aquaman, Aqulad, Mera and Aquababy do not take the serum, so that they can remain behind to defend Atlantis. Vulko begins inoculating the other Atlanteans.
To complicate matters, Aquaman's evil brother, the Ocean Master , returns to Atlantis. Although amnesia prevents him from recognizing Aquaman as his sibling, he still feels that only he may be the one to ultimately defeat him. Black Manta manages to kidnap Aquaman's son, Aquababy and holds him ransom aboard his sea-saucer. He gives Aquaman an ultimatum: He will release Aquababy if Aquaman surrenders to him.
Aquaman has little choice but to comply with Black Manta's demands. However, it is the Ocean Master who intercepts Manta's ship and saves Aquababy. He then turns his vessel towards Black Manta's saucer and opens fire.