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is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published
by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the
character debuted in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941). Initially
a backup feature in DC's anthology titles, Aquaman later starred in
several volumes of a solo title. During the late 1950s and 1960s
superhero-revival period known as the Silver Age, he was a founding
member of the Justice League of America. In the 1990s Modern Age,
Aquaman's character became more serious than in most previous
interpretations, with storylines depicting the weight of his role as
king of Atlantis.
has been adapted for screen many times, first appearing in animated
form in the 1967 The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and then in
the related Super Friends program. Since then he has appeared in
various animated productions, including prominent roles in the 2000s
series Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold,
as well as several DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Actor Alan
Ritchson also portrayed the role in live action in the television
show Smallville. Jason Momoa portrayed the character in the 2016 film
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and will reprise his role
in the DC Extended Universe, including a solo film in 2018.