Candy Bars What could be sweeter? Golden Goose Totem Treasure. DeMatteis saw his series as an opportunity to explore Namor much more deeply than he had been able to in the team book The Defenders , John Byrne felt that the character did not work well outside of a group context and accordingly gave Namor, the Sub-Mariner a massive supporting cast. Legend Of The Nile. When the giveaway idea fell through, creator Bill Everett used the character for Marvel Comics 1, the first comic book by Funnies, Inc.
They later get attacked by the Undying Ones , demons who break through Earth's dimension as a result of the global panic weakening the barriers between the dimensions and who make a deal with Nerkodd to help them take over Earth. When the X-Men relocated to Utopia off the coast of San Francisco, Namor assists them due to his sympathy with their status as outsiders.
As a result, he sides with the X-Men during the subsequent war with the Avengers over the coming of the Phoenix Force to Earth, eventually becoming one of the 'Phoenix Five' when the Phoenix Force is fractured between himself, Cyclops, Emma Frost , Colossus and Magik.
Having recovered his senses after his time as one of the Phoenix Five, Namor rejoins the Illuminati when Black Panther calls for their aid — Beast replacing the deceased Professor X — in dealing with an incursion event as an alternate universe threatens to collide with their own. Although he collaborates with the Illuminati in a plan to destroy the Cabal by trapping them on the next Earth to be destroyed, the Black Panther and Black Bolt leave him behind to die with the Cabal, disgusted at his earlier actions.
The members of the new Squadron Supreme evacuate and destroy Atlantis after deeming it a threat to world peace. Hyperion decapitates Namor in retaliation for the worlds destroyed by the Cabal. Upon Hydra's Avengers finding the fake Cosmic Cube shard, they leveled the Atlantean temple that it was held in.
Because of his unusual genetic heritage, Namor is unique among both ordinary humans and Atlanteans; he is sometimes referred to as "Marvel's first mutant" because, while the majority of his observed superhuman powers come from the fact that he is a hybrid of human and Atlantean DNA, his ability to fly can't be explained by either side Atlanteans are an offshoot of "baseline" humanity ; though, in terms of in-continuity chronology, there were many mutants in existence before Namor.
Namor possesses a fully amphibious physiology suited for extreme undersea pressures, superhuman strength, speed, agility, durability, flight, and longevity. Namor has the ability to survive underwater for indefinite periods, and specially developed vision which gives him the ability to see clearly in the murky depths of the ocean. Bill Everett, in his first Sub-Mariner story, described the character as "an ultra-man of the deep [who] lives on land and in the sea, flies in the air, [and] has the strength of a thousand [surface] men".
No other powers were mentioned. When the series was revived in , Namor lost his ankle wings and with them the power of flight; they, and his full strength, were restored in Sub-Mariner Comics 38 Feb.
Namor has greater longevity than a normal human being. He is well over 90 years old as he was born in in the Marvel timeline, but has the appearance of a male in his prime. His identity as a pre—World War II superhero is well-established, making him less subject to the sliding timescale of the Marvel universe. During Namor's original fight with the Human Torch in Marvel Mystery Comics 8 June , and the first fight between superheroes to appear in any media , Namor was able to forcibly expel water from his body to extinguish fires, although it proved useless against the Torch.
After he was revived yet again in the s by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Namor demonstrated powers of various sealife that had not been shown in earlier stories. An editorial note in Marvel Tales 9 July , stated explicitly that "nautical Namor has since lost his power to imitate the characteristics of fish They were used in one or two stories in F.
In all his incarnations, Namor possesses superhuman strength and, with the possible exceptions of Orka and Tyrak at their full sizes, is the strongest Atlantean ever known. The exact level of his strength is dependent upon his physical contact with water, in which he needn't be submerged. It has been shown as sufficient to effortlessly toss a water-filled ocean-liner, despite the underwater viscosity.
Namor possesses superhuman stamina and resistance to injury due to his hybrid nature. Namor's strength level is such that he has held his own in hand-to-hand combat with beings as powerful as the Hulk in the past.
Some stories have mentioned that Namor has gills for breathing underwater, e. Other sources have stated that his lungs contain oxygen diffusing membranes that allow him to breathe underwater. Namor possesses a telepathic rapport with all forms of marine life. He is able to mentally communicate with most forms of marine life and can mentally persuade them to do his bidding. Namor can mentally communicate with other Atlanteans and give mental-telepathic orders to all his men.
Due to a unique aspect of his hybrid nature, not shared by Namorita , it was theorized that Namor is vulnerable to oxygen imbalances in his blood that trigger manic-depressive mood swings; he can prevent imbalances by regular immersion in water. Namor gives off a sense of charisma which most women tend to find captivating. Many of the ladies that have entered his life made clear their attraction to his masculine, slightly alien personality in ways both subtle and blatant.
He reacts to such advances with gratitude tinged with a slight distance born of monarchical etiquette. Namor is a natural leader, trained by the royal family of Atlantis as befitting an heir to the throne. He has historically led troops into battle with expert success. His typical interpersonal behavior with both subject and friend borders on the aloof; this is more a sense of regal noblesse oblige rather than snobbishness.
Namor was given possession of the Time Gem. It allows time travel, can age and de-age beings, and can be used as a weapon by trapping enemies or entire worlds in unending loops of time. After the Hood attempted to steal the Gems, Namor briefly helped Thor recover the Gem from the bottom of the ocean to prevent the Hood acquiring it, before being entrusted with the Power Gem as the Gems were divided amongst the new Illuminati — Steve Rogers replacing Black Bolt — once again.
Namor was educated by the royal tutors of the Atlantean court, and speaks English, Atlantean, and Lemurian. He is a highly skilled business executive. In The Fantastic Four 9 Dec. I can charge the very air with electricity — using the power of the electric eel!
He uses "the power to surround himself with electricity in the manner of an electric eel" again in Strange Tales April , and Oct. These extra powers were ignored, when Marvel gave Namor his own feature beginning in Tales to Astonish 70 Aug. Another ability unknown in the Golden Age and rarely displayed is his empathic rapport with many forms of marine life.
He had a limited empathic rapport with Namorita. But, only as a result of being given one of her "magic earrings" which has long-since disappeared.
An editorial note in Marvel Tales 9 July , which reprinted the story from Strange Tales , stated explicitly that "nautical Namor has since lost his power to imitate the characteristics of fish Furthermore, Namor employed these "lost" powers semi-regularly in his s series, under John Byrne's pen.
Marvel has repeatedly identified Namor as "Marvel's first mutant", which is true with regard to the order in which the character appeared in print. He is not the oldest mutant within the fictional Marvel Universe timeline. A number of mutants predate him, including Selene active since at least 10, BC , Apocalypse born in the 30th century BC , Exodus born in the 12th century AD , Wolverine late 19th century AD , Mystique and Destiny dates of birth unknown, but known to have been active at the "Dawn of the 20th century" , the demonic mutant Azazel , and a group of mutants known as the Externals.
Later writers in the s and s described him as a hybrid, not a mutant, in order to distinguish him from the mutant X-Men. Namor is actually a hybrid of Atlantean and human physiology, although he has principal characteristics that neither Atlanteans Homo mermanus nor humans Homo sapiens possess.
These include his ability to fly, and possibly his durability and strength which is several times that of an Atlantean. In the Marvel Noir reality, Namor is a captain of a ship named "Dorma". Namor considers himself as a man of the sea and doesn't share any allegiances to any countries or nations.
As part of his tradition as a pirate, Namor marks himself and his crew by slicing their ears to look like shark's fins. He is the captain of the Dorma, an advanced submarine while taking the guise of a fishing trawler. In May , Stark hired Namor to find the location of Atlantis. Upon returning to the surface, Namor and his friends were immediately captured by the Nazis led by Baron Zemo and Von Strucker , and the Orichalcum stolen by them.
Namor and his allies were then left to die on his trawler by torpedo; Namor took action in having everyone quickly board the Dorma and escape before the torpedo destroyed the trawler. Namor later rescued Stark following the destruction of Von Strucker's airship fleet, as in Namor's words Stark owes him a boat for the destruction of his.
Namor is still active in the MC2 future timeline, and still uniting occasionally for battle alongside the Hulk and Doctor Strange as "Defenders". His appearance, while slightly older looking, is unchanged save for growing a goatee.
In Fantastic Five vol. Doom subsequently escaped, and in 4, Namor is seen being tortured by him. He is freed after Reed Richards sacrifices himself to send both his and Doom's consciousnesses to the Crossroads of Infinity. In Ultimate Fantastic Four 24, the team is surveying the ruins of Atlantis and finds an estimated 9,year-old tomb containing the hibernating Namor — an imprisoned Atlantean criminal, considered the worst villain of his time.
Reed Richards ' translation of the Atlantean language reveals Namor's claims of kingship to be false. His extreme intelligence allows him to become fluent in English in a matter of minutes merely by listening to S. Confronting the human, Namor withstands full-strength flares from the Human Torch and is strong enough to fight the Thing , withstand Sue Storm 's force fields , and stretch Richards Mr.
He destroys machinery designed to contain the Hulk. Though beaten by the Fantastic Four, he creates a tidal wave in the shape of Poseidon , threatening to destroy Manhattan with it. He is appeased when he demands, and receives, a meaningful kiss from Sue Storm. He then returns to the sea. Namor reappears at the end of issue 55, rescuing an unconscious Sue after she was attacked by the Ultimate version of the Salem's Seven. Ultimate Namor is a mutant Atlantean with amphibious physiology suited for high water pressure.
He has vast super strength, durability, high speed swimming ability, flight, and water manipulation. In the Marvel limited series Fantastick Four , Namor is reinvented as Numenor , Emperor of Bensaylum, a city beyond the edge of the world. When the characters arrive in his realm he is arguing with his cousin Rita Namorita about her reluctance to marry.
She suggests that this is because he refuses to find a consort himself. Upon meeting the Four from the Fantastick, he is attracted to Susan Storm , and attempts to woo her, unsuccessfully. Doom turns against him, and Numenor is stabbed with his own trident and dies. In the Marvel Zombies universe, Namor has a cameo as a zombie in the original Marvel Zombies limited series. To follow up on Scarlet Witch's alteration of reality , Namor was considered the "first mutant" in the reality that she created under Quicksilver 's approval.
He represented Atlantis when he was meeting with Magneto. In Exiles issues 14 and 15, Namor appears as a king who has taken over Latveria. In the Earth X series Namor suffers from dementia. He is responsible for the death of Johnny Storm. As a result, Franklin Richards used his powers to cause half of Namor's body to be continually on fire.
A Namor from another time appears with the three original Defenders to battle the forces of the Red Hulk and his Offenders, due to a bet made by the Elders of the Universe. The character receives a macabre overhaul in this dark Marvel Knights mini-series set in an alternate s.
Namor is a fabled being among mariners, said to pursue and kill any searching for Atlantis. Randolph Stein, a man who makes a living debunking modern myths, is hired to find Atlantis and, along with his submarine crew, encounters Namor in the ocean depths. Namor was listed as the 88th greatest comic book character by Wizard magazine.
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