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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Aquaman, Tell Us About Your Mother

Many comic bloggers have drawn attention to the amusingly phallic comic book covers featuring Wonder Woman. Good lord, how many times was the Amazon Princess strapped to a rocket, stalactite, missile, or bomb?

Ah, symbolism.

Amateur Freudianism is fun! Remember: anything longer than it is wide is a phallic object.

But ya know what?

There was another superheroic champion of Freudian imagery who nobody mentions:

Aquaman.



Yeah, that's not symbolic or anything. Nope. Not at all. No feminine sexuality implied here.

-cough-



Oh, come on. An exploding circle, a prone Aquaman facing the circle crotch-first, a pale woman watching him, and "Die, My Love, Die?"

-cough-



Dragged into an ovoid abyss attached to a gold ring while his wife and adoptive son look on, Aquaman yells that he can't stop himself from shrinking and being dragged into the World Within the Ring.

-cough-

-cough cough-

Nope, no fears of women here. Marriage is groovy too, right, boys? Right?

Ahem.



Again, an exploding pit and Aquaman leading with his crotch. And it looks painful.

Mmm.



And the biggest "oh, come on" of all: the dreaded Dentata. "It's too powerful! It's ensnared my son and will devour us both! AAAAAAH!!"

Mmmm.

Really.

Aquaman was one of two major DC heroes in the Silver Age who was married. Perhaps it was no coincidence that he was the one to enjoy so many...feminine-threat covers.

(The other married hero, Hawkman, strutted around bare-chested and carried a mace. Uh-huh.)

Just a thought.

And it's not limited to the Silver Age, either. What, ten years ago, Aquaman lost his hand and replaced it with a harpoon. Ye gods. Any English majors out there want to explain what a hero "losing his hand" symbolizes? Replacing it with a hard metallic penetrating weapon?



Ooooookay then.

7 Comments:

  • Aquaman was one of two major DC heroes in the Silver Age who was married.
    Sorry Harve, Flash was married as was the Atom.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 AM  

  • The Flash didn't marry Iris for a long time. The same was true for the Atom and Jean.

    Come to think of it, when did the Flash and the Atom marry their longtime girlfriends? Anybody? Was it before or after Aquaman got hitched?

    I think Hawkman was the only silver age DC hero who was married before he premiered.

    One of the amusing bits of comic book history is to compare early silver age hero-girlfriends between Marvel and DC. Marvel's were shrinking girls devoted to their men. DC's tended to be independent career women.

    A running bit in The Atom was Ray trying to get Jean to settle down and marry him, and her not wanting to give up her law practice.

    I'm sure there are exceptions. This was just my gut impression.

    By Blogger Harvey Jerkwater, at 9:27 AM  

  • "Replacing it with a hard metallic penetrating weapon?"

    Which, by the looks of it, is out of control.

    Just look at it. You can practically hear Aquaman saying "Noo! Get back here! Don't you go in there!"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:44 PM  

  • Come to think of it, when did the Flash and the Atom marry their longtime girlfriends? Anybody? Was it before or after Aquaman got hitched?

    Aquaman married Mera in 1962 (Aquaman #18)

    Flash (Barry Allen) married Iris West in 1966 (Flash #165)

    Atom (Ray Palmer) married Jean Loring in 1978 (Justice Leage of America #157)

    So the Aquaman/Mera wedding precedes both of the others.

    By Anonymous Tommy Raiko, at 5:22 PM  

  • Regarding the Flash, remember that they picked up the numbering where the Golden Age series left off, at #105, so when he and Iris got married in #165, it was really only the 61st issue of the series. They're also engaged by #139 at the latest.

    Admittedly, by today's standards, 5 years is a long time for a series to last...

    By Anonymous Kelson, at 12:05 PM  

  • Hm. Aquaman doesn't suck, but apparently his world does.

    By Blogger Scipio, at 9:49 PM  

  • By Blogger dfadf, at 7:49 PM  

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