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Celebrate more than seven decades of the ruler of the seas, king of Atlantis, and Justice League team member: Aquaman! Since his debut in 1941, Aquaman has defeated villains and saved the world on land and in the ocean, and this anthology collects his brightest and darkest moments in the definitive look at his history as a DC Comics superhero. Whether it's Orin or Arthur C Celebrate more than seven decades of the ruler of the seas, king of Atlantis, and Justice League team member: Aquaman! Since his debut in 1941, Aquaman has defeated villains and saved the world on land and in the ocean, and this anthology collects his brightest and darkest moments in the definitive look at his history as a DC Comics superhero. Whether it's Orin or Arthur Curry, Aquaman is a beloved and timeless hero, and we're pleased to present this collection in honor of his 75th Anniversary.


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Celebrate more than seven decades of the ruler of the seas, king of Atlantis, and Justice League team member: Aquaman! Since his debut in 1941, Aquaman has defeated villains and saved the world on land and in the ocean, and this anthology collects his brightest and darkest moments in the definitive look at his history as a DC Comics superhero. Whether it's Orin or Arthur C Celebrate more than seven decades of the ruler of the seas, king of Atlantis, and Justice League team member: Aquaman! Since his debut in 1941, Aquaman has defeated villains and saved the world on land and in the ocean, and this anthology collects his brightest and darkest moments in the definitive look at his history as a DC Comics superhero. Whether it's Orin or Arthur Curry, Aquaman is a beloved and timeless hero, and we're pleased to present this collection in honor of his 75th Anniversary.

30 review for Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A historical overview of Aquaman's development as a comic book character. MY GRADE: C plus. A historical overview of Aquaman's development as a comic book character. MY GRADE: C plus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Társis

    É uma coletânea que trás as primeiras histórias desde a criação do #Aquaman. Vale muito para os fãs e para quem simplesmente começou a se interessar pelo personagem após o sucesso do filme e quer saber ou conhecer um pouco mais a história do super-heróis. Tem bons momentos (e alguns bem ruins) a serem lembrados nestes 75 anos. E vale lembrar que a fase atual que vem sendo publicada no Brasil (recém lançaram o volume 6 de Aquaman "pós-rebirth") está muito boa. É uma coletânea que trás as primeiras histórias desde a criação do #Aquaman. Vale muito para os fãs e para quem simplesmente começou a se interessar pelo personagem após o sucesso do filme e quer saber ou conhecer um pouco mais a história do super-heróis. Tem bons momentos (e alguns bem ruins) a serem lembrados nestes 75 anos. E vale lembrar que a fase atual que vem sendo publicada no Brasil (recém lançaram o volume 6 de Aquaman "pós-rebirth") está muito boa.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    Great anthology, particularly in the early 1940s trio of short stories. I do wish a tale from Kurt Busiek had been in here, but that was a rethinking perhaps too much for this still-good anthology. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years is a compilation of some of the best representative of Aquaman stories over the years to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary debut of the King of the Seven Seas (2016). This collection features Aquaman in all his many guises throughout the years. This anthology is divided into four sections or more precisely comic eras. The sections are: Golden Age, Silver/Bronze Ages, Modern Age, and Rebooted Age of Comics. It was rather interesting to see how Aquaman's e Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years is a compilation of some of the best representative of Aquaman stories over the years to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary debut of the King of the Seven Seas (2016). This collection features Aquaman in all his many guises throughout the years. This anthology is divided into four sections or more precisely comic eras. The sections are: Golden Age, Silver/Bronze Ages, Modern Age, and Rebooted Age of Comics. It was rather interesting to see how Aquaman's evolution through the years from King of Atlantis to Atlantean Warrior and everything in-between. As a whole, Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years is a somewhat balanced book, while there are more issues from the Golden Age of Comics – they are typically shorter so it evens out. This anthology served its purpose – giving the reader a nice perception of each era that Aquaman has appeared in – a reflection of the times. Story selection must have been difficult to say the least. Aquaman has a long and varied history and has been featured or cameos in many stories over many titles and it is no easy feat to pick out the best or favorite from the masses. The thing is those measuring sticks are subjective and will never reach perfect consensus. Actually, we all can agree that in an anniversary collection like this, we could all agree on one story: More Fun Comics #73 – the first appearance of Aquaman – the rest is debatable. Regardless, I think the editors picked a somewhat nice selection, would I swapped some stories out for others – sure I have my favorites, but it is difficult if not impossible to please everyone, since everyone is different. On the whole I was really happy of which stories were presented. All in all, I think Aquaman: A Celebration of 75 Years is a wonderful selection of stories over the three-quarters of a century that the King of the Seven Seas has been around. It is a good anthology for both the avid and subdued fan alike. However, for the newly initiated I would recommend a collection that is more substantial and cohesive.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I HAVEN'T FINISHED THIS BOOK YET, BUT I WANTED TO USE THIS JOURNAL ENTRY AS A WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF THE MANY ISSUES INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION. PART 1: More Fun Comics issue #73 (1941) - Aquaman's first appearance in a story called "The Submarine Strikes" More Fun Comics issue #89 (1943) - "The Streamlined Buccaneers" Adventure Comics issue #120 (1947) - "Aquaman Goes to College" Adventure Comics issue #174 (1952) - "The Whale That Was Wanted for Murder" Adventure Comics issue #220 (1956) - "The Cowar I HAVEN'T FINISHED THIS BOOK YET, BUT I WANTED TO USE THIS JOURNAL ENTRY AS A WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF THE MANY ISSUES INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION. PART 1: More Fun Comics issue #73 (1941) - Aquaman's first appearance in a story called "The Submarine Strikes" More Fun Comics issue #89 (1943) - "The Streamlined Buccaneers" Adventure Comics issue #120 (1947) - "Aquaman Goes to College" Adventure Comics issue #174 (1952) - "The Whale That Was Wanted for Murder" Adventure Comics issue #220 (1956) - "The Coward and the Hero" Adventure Comics issue #260 (1959) - "How Aquaman Got His Powers" Adventure Comics issue #266 (1959) - "Aquaman Meets Aquagirl" Adventure Comics issue #269 (1960) - "The Kid from Atlantis" PART 2: Aquaman issue #1 (1962) - "The Invasion of the Fire Trolls" Aquaman issue #18 (1964) - "The Wife of Aquaman" Aquaman issue #40 (1968) - "Sorcerers of the Sea" Adventure Comics issue #444 (1976) - "And Death Before Dishonor" Adventure Comics issue #452 (1977) - "Dark Destiny, Deadly Dreams" Adventure Comics issue #475 (1980) - "Scavenger Hunt" Justice League of America Annual #2 (1984) - "The End of the Justice League" PART 3: Aquaman #3 (1986) - "The Day of the Ocean Master" Aquaman #2 (1994) - "Single Wet Female" Aquaman #34 (1997) - "One on One" Aquaman #4 (2003) - "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Aquaman #17 (2004) - "American Tidal Part Three" PART 4: Aquaman #1 (2011) - "The Trench Part One" Aquaman #43 (2015) - "Gospel of Destruction"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Will Hoover

    Pretty good. One of the stories, though, about two-thirds of the way through (in which Aquaman was suddenly tasked with recruiting new members to an all new Justice League), was one of the worst issues of any comic book I've ever read. Other than that, believe it or not, Aquaman's earliest adventures were much more interesting, and a whole lot less corny in many ways (well... aside from Aquaman's occasionally cheeky, aqua-themed one-liners), than some of the earliest appearances of Superman and Pretty good. One of the stories, though, about two-thirds of the way through (in which Aquaman was suddenly tasked with recruiting new members to an all new Justice League), was one of the worst issues of any comic book I've ever read. Other than that, believe it or not, Aquaman's earliest adventures were much more interesting, and a whole lot less corny in many ways (well... aside from Aquaman's occasionally cheeky, aqua-themed one-liners), than some of the earliest appearances of Superman and Batman. Even the vintage 1941 artwork in 'More Fun Comics #73' (wherein Aquaman first began his undersea adventures) is a good deal sharper than the much, much more iconic debut of Superman in the first issue of 'Action Comics,' just three years earlier in 1938. Aquaman has long been a terribly underrated superhero, though I'm pretty sure that that has begun to change a great deal in recent years.

  7. 4 out of 5

    L.

    In the beginning Aquaman/Arthur Curry was your everyday comic book superhero who solved all the world's problems with his fists while making endless fish puns. Was he a knockoff of that other son of Atlantis, Prince Namor the Submariner? Well, yes. But Aquaman endured and got his own action flick. Can Namor say the same? No. (At least not at the time of this writing.) Aquaman had Aqualad, Aquagirl, and Aquababy. What did Submariner have? Thank goodness no one with these silly names. Things were g In the beginning Aquaman/Arthur Curry was your everyday comic book superhero who solved all the world's problems with his fists while making endless fish puns. Was he a knockoff of that other son of Atlantis, Prince Namor the Submariner? Well, yes. But Aquaman endured and got his own action flick. Can Namor say the same? No. (At least not at the time of this writing.) Aquaman had Aqualad, Aquagirl, and Aquababy. What did Submariner have? Thank goodness no one with these silly names. Things were going along okay until the Seventies hit. Oh dear, did the Seventies hit hard. Matters didn't improve as time went on. The writing got weaker and the artwork was so junked up I had a hard time understanding what was going on. I would recommend this book, and Aquaman, for his early days when he was a simple, straight forward, clean cut hero.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Zamora

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed this collection of Aquaman comics. Some were extremely campy and others did a great job at showing the depth of his character. I especially loved the #1 issue of The New 52 series where Aquaman has to listen to all of these stereotypes that he has faced over the years. It’s pretty funny and gives him a great sense of self awareness. I do wish Mera and Black Manta were in this collection a bit more. I feel like I didn’t get a huge sense of either character throughout the stories I really enjoyed this collection of Aquaman comics. Some were extremely campy and others did a great job at showing the depth of his character. I especially loved the #1 issue of The New 52 series where Aquaman has to listen to all of these stereotypes that he has faced over the years. It’s pretty funny and gives him a great sense of self awareness. I do wish Mera and Black Manta were in this collection a bit more. I feel like I didn’t get a huge sense of either character throughout the stories that were told and they’re both a huge part of Aquaman’s history and storyline. I was pretty fond of Topo though, the octopus side kick. How awesome and random! Too bad we’re probably not going to see him in the Aquaman film.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    75 Jahre Aquaman, und nie ist er besonders populär gewesen. Geoff Johns bringt es in seinem Neustart gleich auf den Punkt, als ein aufdringlicher Gast Aquaman im Lokal fragt: "How´s it feel to be nobody´s favorite super-hero?" Mir ist klar, dass jede Anthologie in der Zusammenstellung etwas willkürliches hat, aber hier frage ich mich, ob man das Zufallsprinzip per Los darüber entscheiden ließ, welche Hefte in die Sammlung aufgenommen werden. Aquaman #40 ist enthalten, #41 leider nicht; und das, ob 75 Jahre Aquaman, und nie ist er besonders populär gewesen. Geoff Johns bringt es in seinem Neustart gleich auf den Punkt, als ein aufdringlicher Gast Aquaman im Lokal fragt: "How´s it feel to be nobody´s favorite super-hero?" Mir ist klar, dass jede Anthologie in der Zusammenstellung etwas willkürliches hat, aber hier frage ich mich, ob man das Zufallsprinzip per Los darüber entscheiden ließ, welche Hefte in die Sammlung aufgenommen werden. Aquaman #40 ist enthalten, #41 leider nicht; und das, obwohl die beiden Hefte zusammen gehören und im zweiten Heft die Story zum Ende geführt wird, die im ersten begann. Die tolle Artwork von Aparo wäre ein zusätzlicher Grund gewesen, nach "The Trial of the Ring" auch "Death Lurks in The Trail of The Ring" unbedingt mit aufzunehmen.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Having read the 75 years celebration of Batman, I know these collections are great as an introduction to characters for those who havent read any of the comics. This was perfect for me to get to know Aquaman; and man do I feel he's underrated. I actually enjoyed the comics, even the cheesy ones from the 40s. The 90s and early 2000s were definitely a rough patch for him though. He's been through so much tragedy and deserves so much more recognition for his abilities. I'm glad he has his own movie Having read the 75 years celebration of Batman, I know these collections are great as an introduction to characters for those who havent read any of the comics. This was perfect for me to get to know Aquaman; and man do I feel he's underrated. I actually enjoyed the comics, even the cheesy ones from the 40s. The 90s and early 2000s were definitely a rough patch for him though. He's been through so much tragedy and deserves so much more recognition for his abilities. I'm glad he has his own movie now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mhorg

    Interesting First, count me in as one of those fans of comics who never really had any use for Aquaman. Now count me in as someone who didn't know he'd been around since the 40s! I thought he was, at best, a late 50s, early 60s hero, perhaps created just for the JLA. This collection changed my mind a bit, and i did like him in the JL movie. So does reading this make me an affirmed Aquaman fan? No, but it did give me more respect for the character. Interesting First, count me in as one of those fans of comics who never really had any use for Aquaman. Now count me in as someone who didn't know he'd been around since the 40s! I thought he was, at best, a late 50s, early 60s hero, perhaps created just for the JLA. This collection changed my mind a bit, and i did like him in the JL movie. So does reading this make me an affirmed Aquaman fan? No, but it did give me more respect for the character.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    Aquaman has always been a favourite of mine. I especially love the Silver Age. The colour and imagination in those books and the animated series are just wonderful. Aquaman has had so many stops and starts, and reimaginings that putting together a cohesive collection to celebrate his 75th would have been extremely difficult. This book gives the reader some highlights, but there are a few stories that are incomplete. I would have appreciated it if they'd included a bit more. Aquaman has always been a favourite of mine. I especially love the Silver Age. The colour and imagination in those books and the animated series are just wonderful. Aquaman has had so many stops and starts, and reimaginings that putting together a cohesive collection to celebrate his 75th would have been extremely difficult. This book gives the reader some highlights, but there are a few stories that are incomplete. I would have appreciated it if they'd included a bit more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yannik

    Only half of the stories here are good, the rest was just average. Also, one thing I noticed is that different writers gave Arthur different personalities in which there some likable & some just straight up jerk. Not many interactions with his arch-nemesis Ocean Master & Black Manta. Still, this is a good collection of comic issues for first-time Aquaman readers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kole

    The early stuff is the best, sea puns and all. The stuff in the middle is decent, with the exception of the cringy forming of a new Justice League section which is bad and has racist characters, fun. The newer stuff is generic/bad. Overall, it's a fine collection of Aquaman but I wish they had selected some better issues for the second half of this collection. 2.5/5 The early stuff is the best, sea puns and all. The stuff in the middle is decent, with the exception of the cringy forming of a new Justice League section which is bad and has racist characters, fun. The newer stuff is generic/bad. Overall, it's a fine collection of Aquaman but I wish they had selected some better issues for the second half of this collection. 2.5/5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maurice Jr.

    Such an underused character over the years. I enjoyed a look back at his origins in the 1940's and the milestones of his storied career (meeting Aqualad, marrying Mera, losing his son, re-forming the Justice League in Detroit and his multiple recent transformations). Such an underused character over the years. I enjoyed a look back at his origins in the 1940's and the milestones of his storied career (meeting Aqualad, marrying Mera, losing his son, re-forming the Justice League in Detroit and his multiple recent transformations).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Stratton

    I can’t rate this higher than a 3 due to the silliness of the earliest stories. The Fradon and Cardy artwork were beautiful to behold, but man alive....

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mills

    Great overview of how DC's Sovereign of the Sea worked his way up to becoming a breakout star over 75 years. Great overview of how DC's Sovereign of the Sea worked his way up to becoming a breakout star over 75 years.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    For anyone wishing to learn more about DC Comics' King of the Seven Seas, this book is a must-read. Aquaman may be underappreciated, but he's still an awesome superhero and one of my favorites. For anyone wishing to learn more about DC Comics' King of the Seven Seas, this book is a must-read. Aquaman may be underappreciated, but he's still an awesome superhero and one of my favorites.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

    Okay -- I haven't read this yet but I did crack open the plastic today to see which issues are collected and to have a look at the quality of the book. This anniversary series has been hit or miss with me. Missing mostly down to poor editorial choice of story selection. It's a lovely book. Though under the dust jacket the art printed directly onto the book could have used a bit more umph. I'm very familiar with most of the material selected and they are very good choices. I'm very delighted to f Okay -- I haven't read this yet but I did crack open the plastic today to see which issues are collected and to have a look at the quality of the book. This anniversary series has been hit or miss with me. Missing mostly down to poor editorial choice of story selection. It's a lovely book. Though under the dust jacket the art printed directly onto the book could have used a bit more umph. I'm very familiar with most of the material selected and they are very good choices. I'm very delighted to find a couple of early stories that I've not read as there never was a Golden Age archive edition of Aquaman. (Sadly.) Looking forward to reading the bits that are new to me and will furnish a real review when done.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Keely

    Arthur Curry owns my soul.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hoang Diem

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teghan Halverson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sherly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth Caler

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Weathersby

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bernardino Garing

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  30. 4 out of 5

    A Lynn

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