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Aquaman was created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character
debuted in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941).
Read all about Aquaman's awesome adventures
at sea in these great Aquaman stories found in the Aquaman books
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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. This Arthur Curry, whose origin closely resembles that of the
Golden Age Aquaman as well as that of Neptune Perkins, is the son of
oceanobiologist Dr. 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 battle
soon occurs, and the Dweller/Orin is apparently killed. 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
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 that
for which they came. 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" event. 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 has abandoned his duties.
Important Aquaman Collections
Aquaman, The - Archives, Volume 1 (DC Archive Editions)
Volume One features the origin of Aquaman, plus the
introduction of Aqualad, Aquagirl and the mysterious
Aqua-Queen! Thrill to Aquaman's early adventures when he was
Aquaboy, his attempt to swim around the world in 80 hours,
and a special "crossover" story with Green Arrow! Watch as
the King of the Seas battles ferocious menaces such as the
Human Flying Fish and the Sea Creatures from One Billion
Aquaman Death Of A Prince TP
Written by STEVE SKEATES,
PAUL LEVITZ and others Art by MIKE GRELL, JIM APARO and
others Cover by JIM APARO Don't miss this dramatic 1970s
tale from ADVENTURE COMICS #435-437, 441-455 and AQUAMAN
#57-63! As Aquaman faces his greatest foes, Black Manta
plans his ultimate revenge on the Sea King - resulting in
the death of Aquaman's infant son and the dissolution of his