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Battle For The Seven Seas Poll

Here is our next battle with iconic characters.  Marvel Comics gives us Namor The Submariner (pictured left), while DC comics presents Aquaman (pictured right).  sCrypt Comics is also sending Poseidon into this battle, but since he does not yet exist in comic book form (only in the novels), no picture exists for him.  Here is the break down:

Namor (The Submariner) was born by an Atlantean Emperor’s daughter and an American Sea Captain.  He is a halfbreed and considered Marvel’s first mutant because of his dual heritage.  As the prince of Atlantis, he protects his people at all costs.  His dense skin allows him to survive the pressures of the Ocean depths, and grants him an uncanny amount of physical strength.  Wings along his ankles send him swimming through the waters and through the air at amazing speeds.  When out of water for an extended period of time, Namor finds himself in a state of rage.  His thoughts without water tend to become berserker and irrational.  With the kingdom of Atlantis ready to back him at every turn, he is a force with which to be reckoned.  His first appearance was in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly in April of 1939.  A disadvantage in this battle is that his powers are all physical.  He does not not communicate with fish in the same way that his opponent does, and can’t utilize the water as a weapon itself. 

Arthur Curry (Aquaman) was born by an Atlantean outcast and an American Lighthouse keeper.  His heritage eventually led him to becoming the King of Atlantis.  He has superstrength and aquatic speed because of his life in the depths.  Over time he was able to create balls or jets of hard water and hurl it at enemies.  With the armies of Atlantis at his back, as well as the limited ocean life with which he can communicate, he is not someone you want to anger.  If he stays out of water for too long, he tends to become weak and could eventually die.  First appearance was in More Fun Comics #73 in 1941.  His disadvantages in this battle is that his opponent tends to have fits of rage and will not hesitate to kill.  He is not as strong as Namor and cannot fly either.

sCrypt Comics will now present Poseidon.  Although he is human, he is the most skilled fisherman and sailor ever to walk the earth.  He had left his mark so much so that the Greeks eventually called him a god and worshiped him.  Although he lived thousands of years ago, he had limited resources and still managed to create a way to breathe underwater and walk on the sea floor using a rock and bamboo reeds.  First appearance was in Bones At Breakfast (The Novel).  His weaknesses here are obvious.  As a human, he does not have the enhanced strength or abilities of his foes, and must rely only upon his wits and keeping his opponents from being near water.

Please vote below for who you believe would win, and feel free to comment as to why.  When the results are revealed an explanation will be given as to who the victor is and why.  Have fun, and don’t forget to check out our past polls.

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8 responses

  1. I had to vote for my daughter’s favorite king of the seas. King Triton from the Little Mermaid has the Trident of power, and though he wouldn’t be able to fight out of water, his half human and half fish body I think could take the others in a battle.

    March 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    • Thanks for the add to the poll. I will definitely include him in the result explanation at the end. 🙂

      March 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

  2. I’m going with Namor on this one. His strength feats are pretty crazy, he goes toe to toe with Thor and the Hulk. His arrogance is fun to read from a writer worth his salt. His flirtation with Sue Storm-Richards is what makes me love him the most though. Poor Reed.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    • Namor definitely has the strength advantage, and you are right… the tension he creates between the Richards couple is fun to read/watch.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  3. Nice idea for a poll! I really feel for Aquaman, the guy has not been given a fair deal in my opinion and starred in more canceled series than almost any other character out there. His biggest disadvantage is really that his origin is so dull that it keeps changing! Every time DC retells it, it’s different which makes it hard to identify with him. Even Geoff Johns, the guy who retold the origins of Superman, the Flash, Hawkman and eventually Batman (whenever Earth One comes out) stayed clear of Aquaman’s origin. That should say something.

    Namor has rolled with the punches, though and is now an X-Man to boot! Way to keep up with the kids, Submariner! I do recall that in his early days he used weird fish to accomplish his goals, but Lee and Kirby might have just been in a silly mood.

    In case you’re interested, I wrote an article on Aquaman here http://dailypop.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/aquaman-king-of-the-seven-seas/ and Submariner here http://dailypop.wordpress.com/2009/03/05/prince-namor-and-the-role-of-the-anti-hero/ that you may find interesting.

    Cheers.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    • I’m definitely checking out your articles now… Thanks for the input. I agree with Aquaman not being given a fair chance. I am glad he got a little bit of screen time in Smallville though. And the pilot of the cancelled aquaman series could have been good at some point. I’m still hoping for a movie about either one of these characters sometime soon.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  4. I can understand Namor’s film not getting made, but it’s a crime that an animated feature based on Aquaman has still yet to be made. Despite their strong stable of characters, DC seems scared of straying from existing storylines using popular heroes (like Batman and Superman).

    March 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    • I wish I could understand why too. I mean, there are so many interesting DC characters. Even B listers like The Question would make for some pretty decent stories. I have the animated aquaman series from the 70s in my dvd collection, and while entertaining, it is too campy to take seriously.

      March 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

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