The Foes of AquamanAquaman

Alphabetical Order

When the Aquaman Archives came out in January, 2003, I was inspired to make some MicroHeroes of the villains from it, and since then have, from time to time, dug out other sources with Aquaman opponents.  Here's what I've come up with.
Comic Source
Admiral Duko
Admiral Duko
Adventure 194
Adventure Comics #194 (November 1953): "The Outlaw Navy!"
Admiral Duko was actually a gang boss who ran a "criminal navy", a fleet of ships staffed by gangsters who had been taught to follow military discipline.
Adventure 242
Adventure Comics #242 (November 1957): "The Amazing Feats of Aqua-Melvin"
Melvin the clown received an emergency blood transfusion from Aquaman, temporarily giving him some of Aquaman's abilities, which he used in a playful manner.  Pirate Captain Cuttle wanted to use "Aqua-Melvin's" goofy stunts as distractions for his thefts, but later learned he had been tricked by Aquaman and Melvin, with all Melvin's stunts after the first actually being part of an elaborate trap.
Adventure 274
Adventure Comics #274 (July 1960): "Aqua-Queen"
Aqua-Queen is Dale Conroy, a swimming contestant who thought Aquaman wronged her in judging a swim meet. She set out to prove herself better than Aquaman, by using her wealth to fake all his abilities.
Aquagirl I
Adventure 266
Adventure Comics #266 (November 1959): "Aquaman Meets Aquagirl"
This is not Tula, Aqualad's sometime girlfriend, but Lisa Morel, an Atlantean foundling who, for a short time, had all of Aquaman's abilities.  She forced herself on Aquaman as a partner.
The Awesome Threesome:
Magneto, Torpedo-Man, and Claw

Aquaman, vol. 1, 36
Aquaman Vol. 1 #36 (November-December 1967): "What Seeks the Awesome Threesome?"
The Awesome Threesome is a trio of crooks in exoskeletons who fought Aquaman as a team. They are among the few Aquafoes to have appeared on the 1968 Aquaman cartoon.
  • Magneto, as his name suggests, has armor that gives him magnetic powers.
  • The Torpedo-Man, also known as the Torpedo, was a human torpedo. He managed to appear in another Aquaman cartoon, without his teammates, but he never reappeared in the comics. 
  • Claw has hydraulic claws. 
Black Jack
More Fun 74
More Fun Comics #74 (December 1941): no title
Black Jack was the major recurring foe of the 1940s Aquaman.  He was a modern pirate, with a variety of schemes.
Captain Noah
Adventure 271
Adventure Comics #271 (April 1960): "The Second Deluge"

Captain Noah pretended to predict a coming Second Deluge and rode an ark, collecting pairs of animals. In truth, he was causing storms as a by-product of a gold-from-seawater process and took the Noah identity to cover his connection with the storms.
Justice League of America 35
Justice League of America #35 (May 1965): "Battle Against the Bodiless Uniforms"; may have first appeared in Detective Comics #296 (October 1961): "The Mystery of Demon Island"
Dagon controls water, as Aquaman controls sea creatures. Dagon appeared, as an animated costume, in a 1960s Justice League of America story. Not even Bob Rozakis, DC's once-time "Answer Man", can place the Aquaman story in which he first appeared, leading some to suspect Gardner Fox invented him as an "old foe" of Aquaman's. I personally doubt this, since Fox played fair with all other "old foes" he resurrected for JLA stories -- the only possible exceptions being these Aquaman ones whose provenance are unknown).  The Aquaman story in Detective Comics, of which I haven't seen more than the splash panel, has a crook pretending to be a sea demon who vaguely resembles Dagon but is green. Could that be the source of Dagon?  The dates are appropriate...

Dr. Varn
Adventure 251
Adventure Comics #251 (August 1958), "A World Without Water"
Dr. Varn - A nuclear explosion threw Aquaman 5,000 years into the future, when all the world's oceans had long ago been dried up by a nova. He befriended a scientist, Zed-3, and helped him against the renegade Dr. Varn, in exchange for which Zed-3 returned him to his own time.
Electric Man
Adventure 254
Adventure Comics #254, "The Menace of the Electric Man"
Electric Man (Roy Pinto) is another Aquaman foe Gardner Fox brought back in a JLA story.  He is immune to electric shock and is able to attact lightning, though his lightning-rod hat, to surround himself with a protective electric field. 
fake alien
Adventure 275
Adventure Comics #275 (August 1960): "The Interplanetary Mission"
A science fiction movie crew found a Kryptonite meteorite on a remote island.  They tried to smuggle it into the US inside a prop meteorite, but it fell overboard in an ocean storm. They then used their props to try to convince Aquaman that they were aliens who needed him to come to their planet and retrieve a sunken satellite.
The Fire-Trolls
Aquaman, vol. 1, 1
Aquaman Vol. 1 #1 (January 1962): "The Invasion of the Fire-Trolls"
The Fire Trolls appeared once in 1962 and then languished in limbo until Eric Larsen revived them in the late '90s.  They lived near deep-sea volcanic vents and breathed fire.
Adventure 223
Adventure Comics #223 (April 1956): "The Sunken City of Gold"
An undersea earthquake raised a sunken city of gold. Divers attempted to investigate it but were chased off by fish-men, presumably from the city. Aquaman learned the fish-men were rival divers who were scaring away competition, and the "city of gold" was merely a coral formation.
The Fisherman
Aquaman, vol. 1, 21
Aquaman Vol. 1 #21 (May-June 1965): "The Fearful Freak from Atlantis"
The Fisherman is one of Aquaman's major foes.  He uses fishing gimmicks in his crimes, such as a fishing rod attached to his belt harness, nets, weights, and explosive lures.  Somehow, he can breathe underwater without a visible apparatus.  His appearance here is taken from his 1970s stories.  Originally, he resembled a large purple crustacean with a net for a cape.
Gang Doctor
Gang Doctor

Adventure Comics #126 (March 1948): "The Man in the Iron Shoe!"
The Gang Doctor ran an undersea surgery in a sunken freighter.  Crooks appeared to commit suicide by jumping into the sea nearby, but they wore weighted shoes which quickly carried them to the sea bottom, where they were rescued by waiting divers and taken to the surgery.  The Gang Doctor would then give them new faces so that they could later reappear on land without fear of being recognized.
Gustave the Great
Adventure 274
Adventure Comics #261 (June 1959): "Aquaman Duels the Animal-Master"
Gustave was a circus trainer who decided to use his animals to steal. He claimed he had mastery over land animals equal to Aquaman's mastery over sea creatures. Fleeing in a motorboat, he was chased out to sea by Aquaman, who disabled the boat then had to swim off to handle an emergency. A storm wrecked Gustave's boat, and he washed ashore on a jungle island, vowing vengeance on Aquaman for abandoning him. He trained the animals he found there, then lured Aquaman in with messages in bottles.
The Human Flying Fish
Adventure 272
Adventure Comics #272 (May 1960): "The Human Flying Fish"
Vic Bragg, ex-swimmer, turned to sea-based crime but couldn't compete with Aquaman's swimming skills. His partner, Dr. Krill, gave him gills and a suit to mimic a flying fish, so that, when Aquaman neared him, he would leap out of the water, either evading Aquaman in the air or leaping to a helicopter.

This guy actually returned, but only in an issue of Super Friends.

Aquaman, vol. 1, 24
Aquaman Vol. 1 #24 (November-December 1965): "Aquaman, Save Our Seas"
Karla and the Un-Thing teamed with the Fisherman as The Terrible Trio in one Aquaman story.  They were hired to distract Aquaman so that aliens could steal Earth's seas.  Due to an "industrial accident", her hair is made of fire, which she can throw in any direction and even use underwater, although she herself needs a SCUBA tank.
"King" Yascom
More Fun 82
More Fun Comics #82 (August 1942): "King of the Convict Island"
"King" Yascom is an escaped convict who made himself king of an island of other convicts.  He appeared in one 1940s Aquaman story, and his appearance here comes from the splash page.  I have no idea whether he really wore that dumb crown in the story.
World's Finest 135
World's Finest Comics #135 (August 1963): "The Creatures That Conquered Aquaman"
Lador was an other-dimensional alien scientist who invented super-powering headbands.  Normally a slender, yellow-skinned race, his people turned into muscular green-skins when wearing the headbands, which also gave them mental blasts.  He helped Aquaman recover the headbands from criminals of his people.
Aquaman, vol. 1, 11
Aquaman Vol. 1 #11 (September-October 1963): "The Doom From Dimension Aqua"
Mera comes from another dimension and has the ability to mold water into hardened shapes.  She eventually married Aquaman, then turned on him when he was unable to save their son's life.

Adventure Comics #113 (February 1947): "Fathoms in Film!"
An actor playing an Aquaman-like role who was jealous of being upstaged by the real Aquaman,  he learned his lesson when Aquaman saved him at risk of his own life.
Mister Neptune
Mister Neptune

Adventure Comics #205 (October 1954): "The Emperor of the Sea!"
Mr. Neptune claimed to have found the real Neptune's magical trident, which gave him great powers.  He used it to gain the confidence of Aquaman, then tricked a ship into trusting a gold shipment to his watch, which he planned to steal.  But Aquaman realized the trident was actually an electromagnetic device and quickly disarmed the villain.
Aquaman, vol. 1, 31
Aquaman Vol. 1 #31 (January-February 1967): "O.G.R.E. Strikes Again!"
O.G.R.E. was the Organization for General Revenge and Enslavement, one of those acronymic criminal groups that popped up all over comics in the middle 1960s, inspired by the James Bond movies.  This battle-suited henchman is from their second (and last, to my knowledge) appearance.
Aquaman, vol. 1, 1
Aquaman Vol. 1 #1 (January 1962): "The Invasion of the Fire-Trolls"
Quisp was a water sprite, Aquaman's version of Mr. Mxyzptlk or Bat-Mite. He appeared in a few early issues of Aquaman's first solo title, then faded into obscurity. Keith Giffen later remembered him in a 1980s issue of Ambush Bug, and Grant Morrison brought him back in his JLA, which is what I used as a model.

The original Quisp was actually more slender than the child template used here, but I was feeling lazy.

The Scavenger
Aquaman, vol. 1, 37
Aquaman Vol. 1 #37 (January-February 1968): "When the Sea Dies!"
The Scavenger was a semi-major Aquaman foe.  He only appeared once in the 1960s but was brought back a number of times in the '70s and '80s.  This is his later costume.  He operated a scorpion-shaped ship and, as his name implies, scavenged treasures from the sea bottom.  Post-Crisis, he was transformed into a "scavenger of souls" -- feh!  I don't believe he has any relation to the post-Crisis Superboy foe of the same name.  But I could have missed something.

Adventure Comics #222 (March 1956): "A Rival for Aquaman"
Seaman - an Aquaman-like alien whose ship had crashed in deep waters he could not reach.  Aquaman first thought he was one of a series of publicity seekers, then later realized his real abilities (such as the power to swim up a rainfall) and aided him to return home.
The Sea-Men
The Sea-Men

Adventure Comics #216 (September 1955): "The Invasion of the Sea-Men"
The Sea-Men - alien invaders whose weaponry easily handled larger sea creatures menacing them, so Aquaman devised an elaborate hoax around a goldfish "king of the sea", who claimed it was the smaller sea creatures of Earth which were the real threats and then drove them away.
sea monster
Adventure 206
Adventure Comics #206 (November 1954): "The Haunted Island"
Aquaman brought a boatload of children to an island for a picnic.  A gangster had planned a meeting on that same island, and his men tried to scare off the children with a "sea monster" costume of bark and weeds.
Sea Sleuth
Sea Sleuth

Adventure Comics #140 (May 1949): "The Sleuth of the Sea!"
Phineas Pike was an expert on everything having to do with the sea.  Aquaman tolerated him as a curiosity, until Pike used his knowledge to locate and then trail some kidnappers.  Pike then became a consultant for Aquaman in a couple of adventures.
The Sea Thief
Justice League of America 14
Justice League of America #14 (September 1962): "The Menace of the 'Atom' Bomb"; may have first appeared in Adventure Comics #264 (September 1959): "Aquaman and His Sea-Police"
The Sea Thief is another "old foe" of unknown provenance, used by Gardner Fox in a Justice League story. He's simply a crook in a skin-diver's suit.

Adventure 264 is about New Venice, an American town whose streets became canals after a seaquake. Aquaman shows police how to "walk" an aquatic beat, and one of the crimes he stops is by someone in a skin-diver's suit. This is most likely not the same person as in the JLA story, but you probably know from my Marvel Monsters page how far I'll reach to maintain continuity. :-)


"Shark" Norton and his gang
Adventure 267
Adventure Comics #267 (December 1959): "Manhunt on Land"
"Shark" Norton is another "old foe" of Aquaman's who apparently never appeared before. In this case, he appeared in a story that crossed over with the Green Arrow feature that also appeared in Adventure Comics at the time. Shark was arrested for sea-based crimes and escaped jail with Horace "The Wizard" Kates, an "old foe" of Green Arrow's who was arrested for land-based ones. They decided to switch venues, figuring their old foes would be at disadvantages out of their respective elements. Of course, the heroes each overcame the environmental obstacles to catch the crook (although why they didn't just trade foes has always puzzled me).

Anyway, "Shark" is just a pirate. His gang members wear hoods with shark faces (not the paper bags my micro resembles!).

Shark Wilson
Shark Wilson

Adventure Comics #203 (August 1954): "The Shark with the Human Brain"
Escaping prison, he jumped off a cliff onto a legendary beach of magic sand and disappeared.  Later, Aquaman found a shark which greatly resembled Wilson and which seemingly had human intelligence.  Forced to slay this cunning menace, Aquaman tricked the shark into the poisoned spines of a puffer fish, after which it vanished.  But Shark Wilson's body was later found on the beach, where Aquaman was sure it hadn't been previously.
The Plutonians
Shrudlu the Plutonian

Adventure Comics #215 (August 1955): "The Super-Aquarium"
Shrudlu was one of a trio of aliens from Pluto who came to Earth to gain a rare sea creature for their aquarium.  With only a limited time in which they could stay on Earth before being forced to return, they chose Aquaman as their specimen.  His attempts to show them a more unusual sea creature failed, as they had similar, but better, creatures from other worlds already in their aquarium, until he showed them a "tank fish", which was so unusual they agreed to a last-minute swap from Aquaman to it.  But the tank fish was actually a number of more common sea creatures acting in concert under Aquaman's command, and the Plutonians left with only an empty shell which they believed was the dormant tank fish.
Aquaman, vol. 1, 16
Aquaman Vol. 1 #16 (July-August 1964): "The Duel of the Sea Queens"
Sirene was an alien woman who apparently made Aquaman fall in love with her. But it was one of those "base a story on this cover" stories, and the "Aquaman" with her was actually her shape-shifting brother, whom she was trying to convince to leave a gang of criminals of their race.  I suppose I really should have drawn the main criminal, Stellor, but Sirene was the main character of the story, so here she is.
The Sorcerer of the Sea
Adventure 245
Adventure Comics #245 (February 1958): "The Sorcerer of the Sea"
Jason Deeter was a seaside carnival magician whom Aquaman showed up as a fake. In revenge, Deeter used voodoo-like powers to force Aquaman to perform at his command. A pirate gang heard of this and kidnapped Deeter  to be able to use Aquaman in their jobs. But it was all a hoax, and Deeter was actually a Coast Guard lieutenant working with Aquaman to find these crooks.
Thetis the Mermaid
Adventure 132
Adventure Comics #132 (September 1948): "The Aquagirl!"
Jane Stone, a model, was hired by an embezzler to play the part of a mermaid.  She would appear to the embezzler's employer, then flee before others could see her.  His sanity would be questioned, so that when he eventually discovered the embezzlement and blamed the thief, that would seen as a delusion as well.  But she fell in love with the supposed victim and, after Aquaman's intervention, married him.
Showcase 30
Showcase #30 (January-February 1961): "The Creatures From Atlantis"
Trino was the leader of a band of alien amphibians who broke into our dimension and enslaved the Atlanteans. He appeared in the first book-length Aquaman story, a tryout issue of Showcase.
The Un-Thing
Aquaman, vol. 1, 24
Aquaman Vol. 1 #24 (November-December 1965): "Aquaman, Save Our Seas"
The Un-Thing was simply a SCUBA diver who was invisible while underwater.  I originally drew him based on only the cover.  When I finally read the actual story, I learned he was really a sort of chubby middle-aged man, which may be why he never reappeared. He sure looked cool on that cover, though.
Adventure 233
Adventure Comics #233 (February 1957): "The Sea Clown"
Wackyman is an aquatic clown with an Aquaman-spoofing act involving mechanical fish.  A crook realized the criminal potential of these fish and forced Wackyman to steal with them.  But Aquaman came to the rescue, replacing the robot fish with real ones he could command, and caught the crooks.