- The story must start with my father, a famous undersea explorer — if I spoke his name, you would recognize it. My mother died when I was a baby, and he turned to his work of solving the ocean's secrets. His greatest discovery was an ancient city, in the depths where no other diver had ever penetrated. My father believed it was the lost kingdom of Atlantis. He made himself a water-tight home in one of the palaces and lived there, studying the records and devices of the race's marvelous wisdom. From the books and records, he learned ways of teaching me to live under the ocean, drawing oxygen from the water and using all the power of the sea to make me wonderfully strong and swift. By training and a hundred scientific secrets, I became what you see — a human being who lives and thrives under the water.
- -- Aquaman
- -- Aquaman
Given superhuman strength and the ability to live underwater and communicate with marine life by his father, the young Arthur Curry grew up to fight for justice as Aquaman. In late 1942 he briefly joined the All-Star Squadron but preferred to work alone.
This version of Aquaman was subsequently erased from existence by the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Aquaman was presented as the son of a human scientist who gave him the ability to survive and breathe underwater, and super strength, but had no other powers whatsoever. 
- This version of Aquaman was, in later years (after the establishment of DC Comics' Multiverse) described as being the Aquaman of Earth-Two, an alternate Earth. In Adventure Comics #462's Justice Society story's introduction, Paul Levitz even states that Aquaman is a character who is exclusive to Earth-One, implying DC had either forgotten about him, retconned the Earth-Two Aquaman out of existence, or retconned his adventures into being adventures of the Earth-One Aquaman. However, seven years later DC confirmed that the Earth-Two Aquaman did still exist with his appearances in All-Star Squadron #59 and #60, just before he was retroactively eliminated from existence due to the changes wrought to DC's history by 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths when Mekanique allowed the sweeping changes caused by the Crisis to take effect in 1942.
- In 1946, Aquaman's adventures moved from More Fun Comics to Adventure Comics, where he remained through the rest of the 1940s, the 1950s and early 1960s as a backup feature to the book's star, Superboy.
- Most of Aquaman's adventures in the 1940s and 1950s consisted of Aquaman dealing with various criminals, pirates, and so forth, as well as threats to aquatic life and sailors. The first recurring supporting character Aquaman gained was Topo, his pet octopus, in Adventure Comics #229 in October 1956.
- In 1959, Aquaman saw his first major revisions to his mythos since his introduction in the Golden Age, effectively marking the debut of the Earth-One Atlantean/human hybrid.
- The original Aquaman can be differentiated from his Silver Age counterpart by the fact that he usually wore yellow rather than green gloves.
- Unlike his Earth-One/New Earth counterpart, Aquaman was not a true denizen of Atlantis.
- Arthur Curry is also known as Mr. Waterman.
- 157 Appearances of Arthur Curry (Earth-Two)
- 10 Images featuring Arthur Curry (Earth-Two)
- 1 Quotations by or about Arthur Curry (Earth-Two)
- Character Gallery: Arthur Curry (Earth-Two)
- Aquaman profile at Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics
- Alan Kistler's Profile On Aquaman
- Aquaman Shrine: Golden Age Aquaman
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- ↑ More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)
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