And, personally, compared to his direct opposite over at Marvel, he couldn't ever be as angry, edgy or interesting as Subby.
And before anyone asks, yeah, I saw the film. Meh.
But wait, there was a time in the Bronze Age when Aquaman was briefly cool.
Dick Giordano put together some great teams and comics when he moved from Charlton to DC, and The King Of The Seven Seas got himself Steve Skeates & Jim Aparo, plus previous artist Nick Cardy stayed on to contribute some of the most stunning covers of his career. If I was Aquaman, I'd be praising Neptune every day for a creative team like that.
From the start, Skeates, Aparo & Giordano tried to make Aquaman an experimental superhero book, playing around with form and content, and riffing on westerns, Mickey Spillane, Harlan Ellison, and that familiar trope of the '70's, social relevancy, amongst others. Each issue was a bit different, a bit out there, and for a while there Aquaman could go anywhere, both as a book and a character.
Here's one of the most fun ideas, a kind of jam session between the team and Neal Adams. According to Skeates, Giordano had suggested doing a back-up strip, which immediately meant that every spare writer at DC barraged the team with ideas for it.
Giordano didn't like any of the suggestions until Adams came up with the idea of tying the back-up strip into the main feature, so Skeates deliberately left all the plot threads dangling so that Neal had to finish them off with his now included Deadman back-up. All of which goes to prove you should never volunteer for anything, 'cos you'll always get more to do than you intended.
Everybody involved here contributes dynamite work, particularly Aparo, who's clearly having a blast. Apparently, Aquaman at the time was a book no one was reading, particularly the higher ups at DC, so these guys did more or less what they wanted, and this really feels like a free-form Charlton book like E-Man more than something from the towers of Superman.
Oh, and there's THAT in-joke of all in-jokes splash panel. You'll know it when you see it.