727 – The Justice League of America!

Well here we are, at the last post from the 1950s, and it’s a milestone event for DC: The introduction of the Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Dec 1959). Written by Gardner Fox, who also created and wrote the Golden Age Justice Society of America, this new team features […]

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726 – Aqualad

No, we’re not quite done with the 1950s yet. One or two more interesting bits appeared on the newsstand in December 1959. This time, it’s the debut of Aqualad, a predictable sidekick for Aquaman. Aqualad is never given a name in this first story, but harkening back to the story of Aquagirl, Aquaman explains to […]

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716 – Green Arrow and Aquaman

I’m sure I’ll stop posting every time new characters meet or team-up, but it’s still interesting to me at this point when it happens in the DC continuity (see Green Arrow meeting Superman). This month, in Adventure Comics #267 (Oct 1959), we get a bit of a unique twist when forgettable Aquaman and Green Arrow […]

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710 – Aquagirl?

A girl shows up with Aquaman’s powers in Adventure Comics #266 (Sept 1959). Lisa Morel dubs herself Aquagirl, complete with a matching costume and joins Aquaman on adventures. Aquaman asks how she got her powers, but neither she, nor her famous ichthyologist father Hugo, can explain their emergence. Aquaman does digging and keeps a close […]

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707 – Lois Meets Aquaman

In Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane #12 (August 1959), Lois is visiting Hawaii to celebrate it becoming the 50th United State of America. She gets into an accident underwater, has her legs crushed and is rescued by Aquaman, firmly establishing Aquaman as part of the main DC continuity. Unfortunately Lois can only be operated by an […]

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704 – Readers Demand Continuity

In Adventure Comics #264 (July 1959), reader John B. Beach questions why Aquaman’s Atlanteans have legs while Lori Lemaris’ Atlanteans have fish tails. It’s a pretty decent question, given DC already announced that Superman and Aquaman share the same universe (the story has not been published yet though). I thought the response fro DC’s editor […]

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694 – Lori Lemaris!

Wow March 1959 was a busy month for DC in terms of world-building! In Superman #129, “The Girl in Superman’s Past” describes Clark Kent in college where he falls in love with a student, Lori Lemaris. Love those L.Ls! Turns out Clark has really fallen for a telepathic mermaid from the sunken land of Atlantis […]

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689 – Aquaman Origin

18 years after his debut, Aquaman’s origin gets a complete re-tooling in Adventure Comics #260 (March 1959). This seems like DC wanted to bring Aquaman into the Silver Age in a big way. Aquaman is forced to reveal his origin story to a submarine commander who is testing nuclear depth charges in the ocean. The […]

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579 – Aquaman and Tridents

In Adventure Comics #205 (August 1954), Aquaman meets a man posing as the god Neptune, complete with a magical trident. The trident turns out to be a scientific invention containing a jet engine, a magnetic mechanism, and deliver an electrical charge.

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575 – Namor, the Original Aquaman

Psst, Atlas! Your superhero revival attempt seems tinged with DC-envy when you describe Namor as “the original Aquaman”. Yes, Namor was introduced two years before the DC aquatic character. Yes, your anti-hero character is more complex and has a more interesting mythology. Yes, your character actually has a supporting cast. Not only that, your character […]

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