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Filmation Character
Aqualad
Aqualad (TeenTitans, 52)
Information
Real name: Garth
Species: Metahuman
Tritonian
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Apprentice: Aquaman
Base: Poseidonis, originally Tritonis
Affiliations: Teen Titans
Abilities: Breathe Underwater
Super Strength
Voiced/Played: Jerry Dexter
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Aqualad's appearance in The Adventures of Aquaman (1967).

Aqualad (Issue -25)

Image from the Super Friends (comic book) Issue #25.

Aqualad was the teenage sidekick of Aquaman during the '60s. He was also a member of the Teen Titans.

He rode on a giant seahorse named Imp, and he had a pet walrus named Tusky.


Background Information

In the parallel universe of Earth-One on a seemingly normal day, Aquaman came upon a curious sight during one of his routine patrols. A strange little pod containing a sleeping small boy floated on the surface of the ocean, and as Aquaman opened the lid, the child awoke. It didn't take long to discern that the child was a reject from Atlantis; his unusual purple-hued eyes were the visible sign of his tragic origin.[1] In cases of such rare births, it was the practice of the authorities in Atlantis to send the afflicted child to the surface in hopes that a passing boat might find it, for the eye color signified the child to be a throwback to the air-breathing ancestors of the pre-submerged continent. These children rarely lived longer than a few days, but this little boy (clearly at least eleven years old) was an exception to the rule.

Startled by Aquaman's sea creature friends, the boy cried for his protection, for though he could breathe oxygen through water as all Atlanteans can, he suffered from a curious malady: he was a afraid of fish! This why he was not expelled right away – they wanted to see if he’d grow out of this fear. He did not. So he was exiled.

Aquaman tries to make the young foundling happy, but giving him a "hula hoop" made of eels, in an effort to get rid of his fear of sea creatures. That doesn't really work, so Aquaman tries again, taking the boy to a water spout. After a few minutes of frolicking, the Sea King reveals the spout is courtesy of a whale! Seemingly making progress, Aquaman then introduces the boy to his octopus pal Topo and soon dubs "Aqualad" -- and so the adventure begins![2]

With Aquaman's approval, Auqalad became a founding member of the Teen Titans that Robin was forming.[3] Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad joined forces to fight crime on a few occasions.[4]

After several years and many adventures with the expanding Teen Titans,[5] Aqualad was growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of help regarding the truth behind his mysterious origin. Barging into a meeting of the Idylist ruling council, Aqualad demanded information on his parents. The council refused, and secretly kept all records sealed. Resolving to gain answers on his own, Aqualad discovered a banished Idylist hermit who admitted to killing King Thar. Upon seeing a picture, Aqualad immediately recognized Thar as his own father. Aqualad broke through council security and accessed the ancient files to learn his parents were King Thar and Queen Berra, who ruled peacefully until King Thar went mad and was killed by his own guards. Aqualad also believed he was left to die because his purple eyes were a sign of inferiority. Unknown to Aqualad, the ancient files were missing pieces of information which would later inform his true destiny as Tempest. Satisfied with his findings, Garth left the Idylists to search for Aquaman.[6]


Powers


Appearances

Aqualad did not appear in any episode of the Superfriends.

Appearances from the Filmation series:The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure Aquaman (1967):

Coming Soon!

Appearances from the Filmation series: The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968):

Seen in Super Friends (comic book)


Notes

  • Aqualad first appeared in Adventure Comics vol.1, #269[7] (February 1960)
  • He was created by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon.
  • Aqualad's first animated appearance was alongside Aquaman in Filmation's 1967 animated series The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, as well as in the Teen Titans shorts that were part of the series. The Aquaman cartoon series of 1968 was a repackaged 30-minute version featuring primarily (but not exclusively) Aquaman and Aqualad. He was voiced by Jerry Dexter.


Gallery

Reference

  1. In this version of Garth’s origin, he beginning is shrouded in mystery. In a ‘re-told’ modern version, we are introduced to King Thar and his wife Queen Berra became the reigning monarchs of Shayeris, the capital of a group of Idyllist colonies in the Hidden Valley. Radical Idyllists (including Thar's brother Zath) deposed and murdered King Thar and banished his pregnant wife Queen Berra to Poseidonis, the capital city of Atlantis There she gave birth to Garth, a child with purple eyes. Superstitious Atlanteans claimed that Garth had been born genetically inferior due to his purple eyes and banished him to a barren seabed leagues away from Atlantis.
  2. As revealed in Adventure Comics, Vol. 1 #269 (February, 1960).
  3. Brave and the Bold, Vol. 1 #60 (July, 1965).
  4. The adventures begin in The Brave and the Bold, Vol.1 #54 (July 1964) and then again in The Brave and the Bold, Vol.1 #60 (July, 1965) and in Showcase, Vol. 1 #59 (December 1965). The Teen Titans were spun off into their own series with Teen Titans, #1 - #43 (1966-73). For Earth-1A purposes we are also comfortable including The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967-1968) in these adventures as well.
  5. In the comics, the adventures resume with the Teen Titans comic issues #44 – #53 (1976-78) before the series was cancelled.
  6. As revealed in Adventure Comics, Vol. 1 #453-455 (1977-78).
  7. Go to the DC Database for more on Adventure Comics Vol. 1, #269

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