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Arthur Joseph Curry (aka A.J.) is the son of Mera and likely Aquaman. Shortly after Arthur Jr died Mera was taken by Thanatos(who she thought to be the real Aquaman) and it was assumed that she had simply run off. Approximately nine months after she was taken to Thanatos' home in an evil purgatory water-world realm (known as Netherspace) she gave birth to A.J. While his true father could easily be either man it is assumed to be the real Aquaman. Born in, and raised by Thanatos, in the evil purgatory realm his body is not accustomed to the passage of time in the New Earth universe.
When Aquaman comes to the realm in search of Mera he discovers her with Thanatos and A.J. but feels nothing for the boy who could be his son. He does battle with Thanatos before a judgement tribunal and when he refuses to kill Thanatos the evil judges decide to condemn Aquaman to remain in the realm while Thanatos is free to be Aquaman in the New Earth universe. Aquaman prays to his father, Atlan, who hears his call and opens a portal through which the family can escape. Upon escaping A.J.s body begins to rapidly age. Knowing A.J. cannot live outside of the realm he was born in Mera grabs her son and leaps through the closing portal, abandoning her recently reunited husband Aquaman, to be with her son.
Mera becomes the queen of the other realm and A.J. grows up to be realms hero and defender under the name of Aquaman. When aliens come to steal the water from their world A.J. seeks out his father for help, returning to the New Earth Universe under a magic protection. Keeping his mind clear while under the magic protection proved difficult and while concentrating on remembering "Aquaman" his mind clouded up to the point where he believed himself to actually be THE Aquaman his mother had told him about growing up. When he got to Poseidonis he found the real Aquaman and challenged the "pretender". When Aquaman inevitably defeated him the magic protection wore off and he began to rapidly age again. The truth behind who he was and why he was there came out and they returned to the other realm too defeat the invading aliens. With victory in hand Aquaman was once again reunited with his estranged wife and he begged her to return t their own home with him but being the queen of this realm and having a son unable to leave she insisted on staying. A.J. wanted to see his parents happily together again and pushed her through the closing portal leaving his mother with no choice but leave him and return to Atlantis.
Having voluntarily been left alone, A.J. remained in the Netherspace as King and hero Aquaman, he was never been seen again.
- 8 Appearances of A.J. (New Earth)
- 16 Images featuring A.J. (New Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about A.J. (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: A.J. (New Earth)
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