"The Creatures from Atlantis": This story is reprinted from Showcase #30.
Appearing in "The Creatures from Atlantis"
Synopsis for "The Creatures from Atlantis"
This story is reprinted from Showcase #30.
During a morning sea-storm, Aquaman and Aqualad come to the rescue of a cargo ship that's been struck by lightning. When Aquaman finds that the cargo hold broke open and crates carrying a new type of poison are drifting out of the ship, Aquaman and his undersea pals collect all the boxes. Ordering Aqualad to bring all the cargo to shore, Aquaman then returns to his home. There he finds fish with a telepathic message from Atlantis asking for help. Thinking of Atlantis, Aquaman recounts his origins: How his mother was an exile from Atlantis who bore a child with a lighthouse worker. As he remembers how his mother revealed his true nature on his death bed, Aquaman decides to go to Atlantis to find out what he's needed for. Upon his arrival, he is suddenly attacked by two giant humanoid sea-monsters.
Brought into the city, Aquaman sees that the people of Atlantis have been enslaved by this race of amphibious sea-creatures. When trying to demand answers by one of the leaders of these creatures, Aquaman is sentenced to work on the same device the other Atlantians are working on. There he finds out from one of the workers that these creatures came from a "hole" that appeared in the water. Sometime later, Aquaman attempts to start a revolt by summoning an army of sea creatures to come to his rescue, however, the creatures have blow guns which they use to turn back the attackers. Later, hiding in a tube close to the creatures, Aquaman learns the truth: They are criminals from another dimension who are building a device that would melt all forms of resistance from the surface world in their bid to conquer the entire planet Earth. Spotted by the creatures, Aquaman is locked up in a cell, but manages to contact his undersea friends, who summon Aqualad with a swordfish to spring Aquaman out of the jail.
Racing to the surface to stop the creatures who are out on a test of their new weapon, Aquaman, Aqualad and an army of sea life attack the monsters. However, they do not stop the creatures from testing their weapons. After a number of attacks, Aquaman orders an army of sea gulls to drop bombs on the creature's vessel rendering it inoperable. The feeling creatures enter an undersea forest, where Aquaman manages to grab hold of their dimensional device and uses it to send them back home. Once the people of Atlantis are free, they reward Aquaman with a Hero of Atlantis medal before Aquaman and Aqualad return to their home in the sea.
Appearing in "A World Without Water"
- Doctor Varn (a scientist) (Single appearance)
- Admiral Brunt (a naval officer) (Single appearance)
- Zed-3 (a scientist from the future) (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "A World Without Water"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #251.
Aquaman is thrown into the year 6958 A.D. by an accidental atomic explosion. There he is revived by Zed-3, a scientist, who informs them they have done limited time travel experiments, but that almost all water on Earth evaporated in a nova eruption 1000 years ago. The sea creatures adapted to life on land, and Earthmen invented pills to replace moisture content, which sustain Aquaman. Just as Zed-3 is about to send Aquaman back to 1958 with a time machine, criminal scientist Dr. Varn breaks in and attempts to hijack the device. Aquaman commands the land-dwelling whales, manta ray, octopi, and flying fish to defeat Varn and his gang. Then Aquaman is sent back to his normal era.
Appearing in "The Human Flying Fish!"
- Human Flying Fish (First appearance)
- Dr. Krill
Synopsis for "The Human Flying Fish!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #272.
One day in a lighthouse, a man named Victor Bragg and Dr. Krill watch as Aquaman uses his fish-telepathy in order to catch a number of smugglers making their getaway on a speed boat. Bragg figures that there is no way to beat Aquaman, however Dr. Krill tells Bragg of a special operation which would turn him into a human flying fish. With new-found powers based on the flying fish, Dr. Krill predicts that Aquaman would not be able to stop Bragg. Bragg under goes the operation and is transformed into the Human Flying Fish. Soon he is sent on missions to steals sunken treasure and other items of value from under the sea, out performing Aquaman each time and making his escape in a helicopter that Dr. Krill has waiting for him each time.
Eventually getting wise to the Human Flying Fish's tactics, Aquaman devises a trap for the crook, luring him to appear when he makes a false report of a priceless cargo of uranium that was lost at sea. Taking the bait, the Human Flying Fish attempts to steal the uranium (really an empty container) and is soon incapacitated when Aquaman summons electric eels to his aid. He then uses sword fish to knock down Dr. Krill's helicopter and the two crooks are arrested.
Appearing in "The First Aquagirl!"
- Eddie (Single appearance)
- Hugo Morel (Single appearance)
- Atlanna (Flashback only)
- Tom Curry (Flashback only)
- Atlantis (Flashback only)
- Poseidonis (Flashback only)
- Curry Lighthouse (Flashback only)
- Atlantic Ocean
Synopsis for "The First Aquagirl!"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #266.
While riding in her yacht, a young woman sees through its glass floor that Aquaman has his leg pinned in the mouth of a giant clam. Grabbing an electric torch and jumping overboard, she saves Aquaman's life. Upon returning to the surface, both Aquaman and the girl are shocked to learn that she was under the water -- unaided by breathing devices -- for 60 minutes. The girl introduces herself as Lisa Morel, daughter of Dr. Hugo Morel, a famous Ichthyologist. Swimming to meet her father, Aquaman is once more surprised to find that Lisa can also swim at great speeds and up waterfalls. When revealing the discovery to Lisa's father, he dismisses it until she exhibits the ability to command sea life when she orders seals to prevent her fathers prized globe from falling into the ocean. Convinced, Dr. Morel asks Aquaman how he acquired his powers, Aquaman explains his origins once more. Since none of the Morel family originated from Atlantis, that theory was ruled out. Aquaman tells them he must return to the sea but he will return the next day.
Upon his arrival he is met by Lisa, who is wearing a duplicate of Aquaman's costume and calling herself Aquagirl, and wants to patrol the seas with Aquaman. Aquaman allows her to follow along, only to insure that she remains safe from the perils of the sea. After a few missions out at sea, suddenly Lisa's powers begin to fade away and Aquaman must rush her to the surface. Wondering what happened, Lisa is given the answers from Aquaman who found them in his mother's diary. In it, it explains that in Atlantis they eventually developed the ability to breath underwater, however there were the occasional "throwback" that were unable too, and so they were sent to the surface so that they can live. These throwbacks were identifiable by their purple eyes. Aquaman explains that Lisa must have been one of these throw backs, and that she gained her water-powers only because she attempted to save Aquaman, and that she would be fated to lose them anyway. Returning back to Dr. Morel's home, he admits that he lied to Aquaman about his daughter's past and that he found her 20 years ago in a life boat.
Appearing in "The Shark with the Human Brain"
- Shark Wilson (Single appearance)
- Harry (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Shark with the Human Brain"
This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #203.
Appearing in "Island of Fear"
Synopsis for "Island of Fear"
- Synopsis not yet written.
- "The First Aquagirl!" was originally titled "Aquaman Meets Aquagirl!".
- "Island of Fear" is an original two-page story.
- No trivia.
- Aquaman Recommended Reading
- Action Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Aquaman (Volume 1)
- Aquaman (Volume 2)
- Aquaman (Volume 3)
- Aquaman (Volume 4)
- Aquaman (Volume 5)
- Aquaman (Volume 6)
- Aquaman (Volume 7)
- Aquaman (Volume 8)
- Aquaman and the Others (Volume 1)
- Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis (Volume 1)
- Aquaman: Time and Tide (Volume 1)
- Atlantis Chronicles (Volume 1)
- Detective Comics (Volume 1)
- World's Finest (Volume 1)