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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 srcinal 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 2000sseries 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  1 Publication History  2 Fictional character biography o 2.1 Golden Age o 2.2 Silver Age  2.2.1  Allies and foes  2.2.2 End of an era o 2.3 Modern Age  2.3.1 Retelling srcins  2.3.2 New direction  2.3.3 Hiatus between series  2.3.4 Sixth series   2.3.5 The missing year through Final Crisis  2.3.6 Blackest Night   2.3.7 Brightest Day  o 2.4 The New 52 and Convergence o 2.5 Rebirth/DC Universe  3  Arthur Joseph Curry  4 Powers and abilities  5 Other versions o 5.1 Earth-3  6 Collected editions o 6.1 The New 52 o 6.2 DC Rebirth  7 In other media o 7.1 Television o 7.2 Film  8 Theme park attractions o 8.1  Aquaman Splashdown  9 Reception and legacy  10 See also  11 References  12 External 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 inany 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). Atthis point, his new solo series began at #57 (continuing the numbering from the initial run) and endedafter 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 srcin 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 thefinal issue #57. Fictional character biography  [edit] Golden Age [edit]  Aquaman's first srcin 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.
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