The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Aquaman Was TAUGHT to Breathe Underwater?
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Today, we examine Aquaman’s odd original origin..
When Aquaman first debuted in More Fun Comics #73, here was his origin…
This origin, written by Mort Weisinger, stood for nearly TWO DECADES before writer Robert Bernstein was tasked (by Weisinger himself, now an editor) with coming up with a new back story for Aquaman, including, for the first time ever, a “real” name for Aquaman (as despite the fact that his origin story clearly indicates that he was born of a normal human being, he was never called anything but Aquaman for his first 19 years or so of his existence). The results appeared in Adventure Comics #260, as Aquaman explains to a naval officer why he does not want the Navy practicing bomb tests in a certain area of the ocean….
And that, more or less, has been his basic origin ever since (stress basic, as there have been PLENTY of retcons mixed in since then).