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Thursday, September 15, 2005 

Aquaman gets no respect?

Seeing this topic on Howling Curmudgeons, I'll have to admit that it's a good question: why doesn't Aquaman get any respect? Even with an ongoing that's still going, it appears true, that Arthur Curry doesn't get any real respect, even if he's got a wife as lovely as Mera.

Actually, upon reading this, I think an even better question might be: why don't the writers give the Sea King any respect? After a nightmare like the one presented in Adventure Comics #452, I think that's exactly why such a question most certainly warrents some thinking.

But at the same time, let's not forget the Silver Age Atom, who's also mentioned in the topic. One of the best arguements from there includes this one:
I think that the Atom suffered from this as well, although I agree that the JLU take of presenting Atom/Ray Palmer as one of *the* scientists in the group has helped to rehabilitate the character in a way (it also helps that a bunch of characters who used to be very competent scientists in the Silver Age, such as the Flash and Superman himself) no longer are.
Yes, there's an interesting point to that. Too few superheroes these days are being written as actual scientists or even technologists, probably because it's thought that being one would take away a lot of the challenges faced by the protagonists, I assume. Not at all. In fact, it could help them.

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