The prince of the sunken city of Atlantis protects his home from all enemies both above and below the surface of the sea.




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 Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner (unknown episodes)


Namor, the hybrid son of a human seaman and an Atlantian princess, is unique among his people. Unlike his subjects, he is incredibly strong, can breath air as well as water, fly in the air and can command of the creatures of the sea. As prince of Atlantis, he fights furiously against all enemies of his home, whether they be Atlantian villians like Krang the Conquerer, or the surface dwellers up above. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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1966 (USA)  »

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This was the Sub-Mariner's sole animated series. The character was Marvel Comics' first and mightiest mutant, and had been a staple of Marvel Comics since the early nineteen forties, when he was first introduced. It was also the series in which the Uncanny X-Men made their television debut, in the episode "Doom's Day." The episode was based on a Fantastic Four story, but because the television rights belonged to Hanna-Barbara, the X-Men were substituted for the Fantastic Four. See more »


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"AQUAMAN" seemed too tame, "THE MAN FROM ATLANTIS" was strictly a knockoff! But "THE SUB-MARINER" was the real McCoy! (No, Schultz! Not the Show with Walter Brennan!)
2 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Namor, a Royal Prince of Atlantis, yet a half-cast Man; having one foot in the surface World and the other set in the unseen Undersea realm of legend, has proved to be one of the most perplexing of the Great Comic Book Heroes. He is a sort of Jekyll & Hyde character; sometimes kindly, benevolent and helpful toward the surface land-lubber civilizations; other times being hateful, vindictive and downright dangerous toward the air-breathers.

Much better known for years under the name of The Sub-Mariner; the Royal Antlantian is among the oldest of the Comic Book Super Heroes. With a couple of "cease publications" in his On-News Stand History, he has proved himself to have great "Box Office" appeal and staying power in the Comics Magazine Business. Following his triumphant return to the 4 Color Main Stage in Fantastic Four # 4, Sub-Mariner has been a constant source of Comics' Acton; first as a traveling guest-star & bad boy, and then as the Star of his own feature; ultimately leading to his own Comic Mag.* As for his own Genesis, the Good Prince was created in early 1939 by Artist & Writer, Bill Everett. The Sub-Mariner feature was intended to be a part of a Give-away Premium Comic Book. It was designed for distribution via the Country's Movie Houses in a prototypical and tentatively named failed title of "Motion Pictures Funnies Weekly".

With the failure of "Motion Pictures Funnies Weekly" to get successfully off of the Launch Pad, the company, Funnies, Inc., a contractor sent Bill Everett, Prince Namor and the rights to the Sub-Mariner feature to Timely Publications; all for Ca$h Con$ideration$.

So The Sub-Mariner went to Timely (later changed name to Atlas and ultimately to our more familiar moniker of Marvel). There he made his debut, along with Carl Burgos' The Human Torch, in Marvel Comics # 1, dated October, 1939. With Batman having bowed in Detective Comics # 27, dated May, 1939 five months earlier; that makes our Prince Namor about 5 months younger, hence the 4th oldest major Super-Hero Character around; behind Superman, Captain Marvel and Batman.** As previously stated above; after an absence of some 10 years or so, the Marvel Comics creative team of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby brought The Sub-Mariner back to the comics pages. Mr. Lee used that tongue-in-cheek humorous approach that had become identified with the Marvel method; but is missing in all but the opening and closing songs of the Marvel Show.*** And that would be that in Fantastic Four # 4, dated May, 1962, the Super Foursome found Sub-Mariner in a Bowery dive, living as Tramp/Vagrant/Bum/Poor, Unfortunate Homeless Person! The Human Torch/Johnny Storm correctly reasoned that returning him to the Atlantic Ocean would restore his memory.

Official'S TECHNICAL TIME OUT! As far as Sub-Mariner goes, there is a widespread sort of collective propensity to pronounce Sub-Mariner as suhb-mare-een-er, instead of the proper suhb-mare-in-er. Whereas the former may be an appropriate term for the brave men and women of our United States Navy's "Silent Service" or those serving on Submarines; the Creator, Mr. Bill Everett and the Publisher, Timely/Atlas/Marvel has always maintained that the latter was the proper pronunciation.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES, NOW FOR THE MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING, we present the Sub-Mariner made-for-TV Cartoons! Someone once said that Chester Gould's DICK TRACY was the "best plotted and worst drawn adventure Comic Strip in the Newspapers!" So too, all of the components of the "MARVEL SUPER HEROES" TV Show (Famous Studios/Grantray-Lawrence/Marvel, 1966) have a somewhat similar such of a distinction. "THE SUB-MARINER" had perhaps as beautiful artwork as any; yet displayed "Clutch Cargo-like" animation as its accompaniment.

Given that its animation is not on par with any FANTASIA or the likes, the production crew compensated by making use of great incidental music & sound effects and with the talents of fine voice actors. John Vernon brought his rich tones to the show as Prince Namor, himself! As for the stories used in the series, they were direct and nearly flawless transference from printed page to celluloid comic book. They were that close and with original artwork done by the likes of Mr. Everett and Gene Colan, were no more than 2-3 years of age. They were quite contemporary.

"THE SUB-MARINER", as well as the 4 other series within the umbrella series of "THE MARVEL SUPERHEROES" is unique, memorable and high quality that holds up very well today; and would do well to be in one's video library, filed under "S" for , well, you know! Oh, yeah and by the way; does anyone out there realize that "Namor" is "Roman" spelled backwards! So does this make "Old Fish Head" Polish or Italian? NOTE: * As Jules Pfeiffer stated in his breakthrough book, THE GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES (1965), "With the U.S. entering the War, Sub-Mariner went from hating all humans to hating Nazis, Imperial Japanese and Fascist Italians." NOTE: ** We can only determine which character is older by the date of his first appearance & publication. Though a Feature may be around and completed, but lacking a publisher for several years even, we must consider that as part of the gestation period.

NOTE: *** Whereas the Marvel prided itself in its "Don't Take Ourselves Too Seriously" tongue-in-cheek humor, the episodes of "THE MARVEL SUPERHEROES" seemed to be given a dead serious treatment; certainly a far cry from ABC's "BATMAN" (Greenway Productions/20th Century-Fox, 1966-68) with its "Camp" approach.

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