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This was Aquaman years before he became a badass...
Species Atlantean
Gender Male
Member of Super Friends
Affiliation Batman
Wonder Woman
Marvin White
Wendy Harris
Wonder Dog
Mystery Incorporated
Jabberjaw[Note 1]
Erika Watson
Occupation Superhero
Marital status SingleCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
First appearance SF: "The Power Pirate" (1973)
Played by Norman Alden (1973-78)
Bill Callway (1978-85)
John DiMaggio (2018)
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And this is the badass (in a different continuity).
(Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special)

Aquaman, the alter ego of Arthur Curry, is an Atlantean superhero and one of the main characters of the Super Friends franchise. He hails from the city of Atlantis, and hosts a number of aquatic-based powers, including the ability to breathe underwater and telepathy to communicate with most sea creatures. He was originally voiced by Norman Alden in the first two series, and by Bill Callway for the remainder of the franchise.

Aquaman is also a founding member of the Justice League, otherwise known as the Super Friends.

Character description


  • Atlantean physiology: The Atlanteans are an offshoot of humanity and have adapted biologically to underwater environments. As such, Aquaman can breathe underwater for an infinite period of time without drowning. He can also withstand extreme depths in the ocean as well. However, if Aquaman survives on dry land for a certain period of time, he becomes weak.
  • Superhuman strength: Aquaman displayed this ability when he was hefting a bulldozer blade over his head, for example, and using it to help stop a tidal wave.[1]
  • Superhuman speed: Aquaman can swim incredibly fast.
  • Marine telepathy: Aquaman considers himself and Wonder Woman as "telepathy experts,"[2] and has the ability to communicate with any aquatic life form in existence. He can also use this to virtually control them at his will, although it depends on which animal he is using.


  • Water deprivation: As stated above, Aquaman grows weak on dry land and must regain his strength by going back underwater.


TV series





Past Life

Joining the Super Friends

Aquaman Goes to the Movies

Aquaman in the Funny Books


Although Super Friends gave Aquaman further exposure to the public, it has been blamed for making the character unpopular, and even laughable, by reinforcing a weak image on him that has been made into a subject of parody in comedy programs and stand-up routines.[3][4] He was eventually downplayed further as being unimportant even by Super Friends standards.

DC Comics spent decades trying to undo this by removing the character's wholesome side with a serious and gritty tone. In spite of this, DC wasn't above even poking fun at Aquaman, themselves, as proven in Cartoon Network's Batman: The Brave and the Bold TV series. In the Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special comic, Aquaman was united with the two differing concepts of his character, combining his stoic personality with his Silver Age comic elements.


Main article: Aquaman/Gallery


Behind the scenes


  1. ^ Super Friends: "Dr. Pelagian's War," episode 5 (1973).
  2. ^ Super Friends: "The Baloon People," episode 6 (1973).
  3. ^ Fuller, Devin (December 24, 2018). "'Aquaman' Through History: The Stuff That Memes Are Made Of". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2023.
  4. ^ "Geoff Johns to write new Aquaman series". CBR. Archived from the original on July 25, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2023.

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