Thursday, October 20, 2005

Meanwhile, Back At The Hall of Justice!

Headline: 'Aquaman' Resurfaces in Pop Culture

On "Smallville," Aquaman is a marine biology student and environmental activist from the University of Miami (the school's colors are, ahem, orange and green), who travels to Kansas to deal with Lex Luthor, who is testing a new sonar weapon in a lake near Smallville (that bastard!). "The message he has for Clark Kent is that he should think globally, not locally," Gough says. "He shows Clark that he needs to wake up and realize that there's a bigger world out there than just Smallville (if that were true wouldn't it then be called Bigville?) and Metropolis and you have to use your powers to stop people from doing bad things (like producing stupid tv shows)."

A more complex and more widely accepted story tells of Aquaman being born as the crown prince of Atlantis who was abandoned by his parents because of his blond hair, which was seen by his people as a curse (I always knew brunettes ruled - maybe I should move to Atlantis). At first he was raised by a dolphin and then by a lighthouse keeper who gave him his own name, Arthur Curry.

Most casual viewers, however, remember Aquaman from the 1970s cartoon "Superfriends," in which he rode around on a seahorse, called whales with telepathy and basically stood around, useless, on dry land. (kind of like FEMA, except without the cool telepathy or seahorse)

I absolutely loved the Superfriends and watched religiously everyday after school. I don't know why Hollywood types think he's the lesser of the heroes. Aquaman was my personal favorite and it was mostly because of the blonde hair. Although, it was fun to guess what the Wonder Twins would form into, hmm... a pail of water? a gorilla? Who knew a sheet of ice could save the world?

Cool tricks aside, those traits weren't very impressive. To me, they were more mediocre friends really. I mean, if they could master forming into a bucket of ice and a pail of whiskey -- then I would consider them SuperFriends!


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