The science of Aquaman


25 Responses to “The science of Aquaman”

  1. DKD says:

    Um…that’s why Aquaman is a “Superhero….” He has powers BEYOND human… ;-p

  2. GiovanniGF says:

    Pfft, the Submariner would kick his ass in a second. Plus he has pointy ears and wings on his ankles.

    • Sam Archer says:

      Now if only I could figure out how to pronounce his name…  (sub-mariner versus submarine-er)

      • GiovanniGF says:

        His friends call him Namor.

        • Daemonworks says:

          He has friends? I mostly remember him being rather unpopular, but I was never much of a comic guy.

          • GiovanniGF says:

            I think he and Spongebob like to knock back a few every once in a while.

          • Felton / Moderator says:

            My friends call me Namor, but I got no friends.

          • WhyBother says:

            Sub-mariner round up:

            Friends or no, his mama named him Namor.

            He was never that popular in-universe, because he’s a jerk. He was a jerk during the war, he was a jerk during the Silver Age, he was jerk when he was a Defender, king of Atlantis, and in general. He is a tough guy to like. No social skills. He did have a side-kick for a little while. Subbie. Yes, Subbie. Go on, get it out of your system.

            In 90s there was a Marvel vs. DC cross-over event. One-on-One, cross-universe fights, with fans voting on the outcome. Marvel won overall, but the Namor/Aquaman fight came out with Aquaman on top. And Namor trapped under a very large whale. See, it pays be social.

          • Christopher says:

            There was an old cartoon show that featured various Marvel superheroes. The thing I remember most about it was the catchy theme-songs for each character.

            Namor of Atlantis was always my favorite, probably because at that age I wanted to be a marine biologist. But while he was standoffish and didn’t associate much with humans in that cartoon he took his job as prince and defender of Atlantis very seriously.

            Here’s his theme song:


          • Ok, your wife calls him Namor. How about that? 

    • Brainspore says:

      Yeah, those foppish little wings on Namor’s ankles make him look so cool. And they make total sense, too! Hard to believe that he hasn’t had his own summer blockbuster yet.

  3. Brainspore says:

    I’ve never really read Aquaman comics but I’ve always been a little curious about his diet. If it includes fish (as one might expect for an aquatic creature with such high metabolism) then wouldn’t it be a little weird to eat a creature you might have conversed with earlier that day? Also: does he only eat raw food, does he come to the surface to cook his meals, or does he somehow cook it via volcanic thermal vents?

  4. Aquaman isn’t a human; he’s an Atlantian (or at least half-Atlantian).

  5. Nadreck says:

    And let us not forget the fine work of the folks at the Aquaman Shrine for their sterling work in providing almost daily meditations on the King Of The Seven Seas:

  6. WhyBother says:

    I always thought Aquaman never got a fair shake because he just doesn’t fit in the superhero mold. You don’t usually see Batman and Superman traveling underwater (unless it’s a contrived excuse to bring in Aquaman).

    Still, he’s King Arthur, Dr. Doolittle, and Jasques Cousteau all in one. And since it’s a comic, you can also toss in aliens, elder gods, and anything else that could potentially be in the deepest, unexplored, underwater continents. Oh, andunderwater everyone effectively “flies”.

    Mediocre super-hero, IDEAL pulp hero. How do you mess that up?

    • Brainspore says:

      You don’t usually see Batman and Superman traveling underwater (unless it’s a contrived excuse to bring in Aquaman).

      Let’s face it, other than leaking industrial pollution or illegal fishing there are very few crimes one could commit underwater. Even whalers generally stick to the surface.

      • retepslluerb says:

        Considering that there’s a complete underwater civilization down there, about the only crime that’s really uncommon should be arson.

  7. sweetcraspy says:

    Aquaman’s Lament:

    Barring maritime disasters, he’s got some time to spare.

  8. pebird says:

    He’s cool, he has a crab for a friend.

  9. eviladrian says:

    Heart is the only superpower you need!

  10. Christopher says:

    Flashed on the screen before the Rifftrax presentation of House On Haunted Hill:

    Do you think when Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolfman get together they refer to the Creature From The Black Lagoon as “the Aquaman of Universal monsters”?

  11. Andrew Suber says:

    This scientist is ignoring the fact that Namor isn’t human. Yes, if he were human he would probably suffer from hypothermia. Come to think of it, if he were human, he would probably drown after an hour underwater and would not have survived the 25 centuries from the fall of Atlantis.

    This is bad science. It is ignoring the objective facts given as narrative axioms in the fictional universe. There is an unnamed factor that allows for Aquaman’s exploits and it is disingenuous to call it bad science or inconsistent.

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