A typhoon of trivia!
Created by writer Mort Weisinger and artist Paul norris, Aquaman debuted in More Fun Comics #73 in november 1941. the same issue also introduced green Arrow to the world.
Aquaman’s look took time to evolve. Norris recalled editor Whitney Ellsworth had “done a sketch of a guy, a little cartoon character with a big cigar in his mouth and fins on his feet.”
He wasn’t the first undersea superhero – DC’s arch rival timely Comics (later Marvel) had introduced the Sub-Mariner in 1939. Other superpowered types bringing justice to the oceans included the Shark, the Fin and Hydroman.
Aquaman didn’t appear on a comic book cover until 1960 – 19 years after his debut.
1956 saw the introduction of purple octopus sidekick topo. Aquaman’s also been known to hang with tusky the walrus, Porpy the porpoise and supersized seahorse stallion Storm.
Aquaman’s toon debut came in 1967’s The Superman-Aquaman Hour. His first live-action incarnation was Alan Ritchson in Smallville. 2006 TV pilot Mercy Reef – starring Justin Hartley – was dashed on the rocks.
An Aquaman movie became a running gag in Entourage. Directed by James Cameron it winds up as the most successful film ever made. “Jim Cameron was joking around saying ‘We should really do this thing!’” producer Mark Wahlberg recalled.
The Musketeers’ Santiago Cabrera was set to be the real world’s first big-screen Aquaman, cast in George Miller’s great unmade mo-cap take on Justice League.
in comic book lore Arthur Curry can leap up to six miles and swim at up to 10,000 ft per second. He’s also gifted with superhuman strength, sonar hearing and eyes that can penetrate ocean darkness. His telepathic link with marine life extends to seagulls – always handy for a strategic shit-blitz against evildoers.