Often overlooked in favor of other DC Comics superheroes and members of the Justice League, Aquaman finally got his break as a big screen headliner in 2018. But this all-action seafaring comic legend has been entertaining us for over 75 years with his powers of telepathic communication with aquatic life, superhuman strength, and ability to swim faster than a dolphin. Let’s take a look at Aquaman’s journey from his comic book origin to roles in television series and all the way up to Hollywood superstar.

Golden Age

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Life began for Aquaman in November of 1941 when he self-narrated his flashback story in "More Fun Comics No. 73." We learned about how his father used scientific secrets to teach him how to live and thrive beneath the ocean. Living in a ruined fishing boat, Aquaman embarked on adventures across the globe, during which he battled Nazi submarines, Axis leaders, and later faced adversary from pirates and sea-based villains. He made the leap from More Fun Comics to Adventure Comics in 1946, debuting in "Adventure Comics No. 103" alongside Superboy.

Silver Age

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Our seafaring superhero thrived continuously in Adventure Comics throughout the 1950s and new light was shed on his origins, personality, and superpowers. In "Adventure Comics No. 260," he revealed his name as Arthur Curry, with subsequent editions delving deeper into his early life and evolution. March 1960 was a momentous occasion for Aquaman as he became a founding member of the Justice League of America in "The Brave and the Bold No. 28." He also got his television debut in the 1968 CBS cartoon "Superman Aquaman Hour of Adventure." This was followed by extravagant appearances in Hanna Barbara’s tongue-in-cheek "Super Friends," which ran from 1973 to 1986.

Modern Age

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In 1989, the "Legend of Aquaman (aka Aquaman Special No. 1)" retold the origins of Aquaman while remaining true to the Silver Age story. This time he was born in Atlantis as Orin, the son of Atlanna and the wizard Atlan. After fleeing to Mercy Reef and living as a feral child, Arthur Curry adopted him and taught him how to function as human. Several DC writers went on to reincarnate the story and feature the hero in series such as "The Atlantis Chronicles," "Blackest Night," "Brightest Day" and "The New 52." A five-year role in the Superman spin-off "Smallville" gave Aquaman his first live-action depiction.

Big-screen debut

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On the back of bit parts in the animated movies "Justice League: The New Frontier" and "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox," Aquaman had cameos in live-action DC Extended Universe movies. Jason Momoa played him in both 2016’s "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and 2017’s "Justice League." The moment all Aquaman fans were waiting for finally arrived in November 2018 with the release of the simply titled "Aquaman." Momoa reprised the role as a bearded, dark-haired, and tattooed Aquaman reluctant to be crowned the king of Atlantis.

There’s a reason why Parade magazine voted Aquaman in their list of Top 10 Superheroes of All Time. So long may the legend continue.