Monday, August 04, 2014

"Namor": Marvel's First Mutant

While Disney-owned Marvel Studios develops the vast, inter-dimensional worlds of Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" for the big screen, the movie rights to the vast, watery worlds of Marvel Comics "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" remain with Comcast:

Debuting in 1939, Namor was created by writer, illustrator Bill Everett, depicted as the mutant son of a human sea captain and a promiscuous princess of the undersea kingdom of 'Atlantis'. 

Namor possessed the super-strength and aquatic breathing abilities of his mother's 'Homo mermanus' race. 

Through the years, the character has been portrayed either as a good-natured, but short-fused superhero, or a hostile invader obsessed with vengeance for perceived wrongs that humans committed against his kingdom.

After fighting WWII alongside 'Captain America' and the 'Human Torch' on the side of the Allies, Namor resurfaced in the 1950's as the subject of a live-action TV series.

He then returned in Marvel's "Fantastic Four" #4 (May 1962), when 'Johnny Storm', an updated human version of the original android Human Torch,  discovered him living as a homeless man with dementia, in the Bowery section of Manhattan.

Recovering his memory, Namor returned to his undersea kingdom, only to find it destroyed from underwater nuclear testing. 

He vowed revenge against the surface dwellers... a thirst for vengeance and a quest for identity would dominate his life. 

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original 1960's "Namor: The Sub-Mariner" cartoons, voiced by John Vernon, animated from Marvel's 'Silver Age' comic book illustrations by Gene Colan...