The Sub-mariner is my all-time favorite. I don't have the comic book knowledge to evaluate all of his modern matchups, but Namor's domain is the ocean. Especially in the early appearances, he has his own enemies in his own world, mostly "amphibeans" like himself. Then he has his conflicts with "the surface men". He fought Nazis and Japanese imperialists in WWII.
A large part of his intrigue and the lure of his comics is this aquatic setting. When his character was devised there was no continuity and he wasn't meant to fight against the pantheon of mutants and super heroes. This stuff was improvised later, along with the scale of his powers.
The continuity back then, with him, was such that he suddenly had no wings on his ankles for approximately one year of publications (1954). Then half way through one issue they are ambiguously drawn in random panels, until the next issue they are officially re-introduced in a flashback story from his childhood.
The graphic novelties of his character, as well as his assorted "super powers", orient him as an outsider in the Marvel Universe. He's somewhere in-between an atomic-age cartoon hero and that of classical mythology. There would never be such a minimalist design for a super hero in the Marvel Age. Some modern characters are more simple IN THE FLESH, but all of those examples are covered up with colorful costumes and insignia. Meanwhile Namor is just a guy with exaggerated facial features, swimming around in his underpants. Eh, and he has wings on his ankles.
Hey there. I posted this question elsewhere but someone mentioned it was misplaced, so I figured you awesome, die hard Namor fans might know the answer. Here goes. Hope you have a great memory or at least a great collection of Namor comics!
One of my all time favorite scenes was at the end of a Namor story. Namor had been battling several of his arch enemies including, I think, Tiger Shark. Attuma may have been there and one or two others. Someone...I think it was his wife Dorma had been killed (although this didn't occur in the story I have of her death in Sub Mariner 37). The last page was a full page shot of Namor cradling [whoever she was] in his arms, looking upward toward his enemies with a face twisted in rage. The only narrative on the page was a phrase I can never forget:
"...And Namor looked up."
I get chills to this day, maybe thirty years later. Thing is...I CAN'T FIND this comic.
-I checked through my entire Sub-Mariner series, 1 to 72.
-I checked all of Namor's appearances in Tales to Astonish.
-I checked the Prince Namor series.
-I BELIEVE the story was drawn by Sal Buscema, or maybe John Buscema.
-I BELIEVE Namor was wearing the blue suit...but that might not be.
-I remember that the next issue...I remember there was a long line at the comic store almost as long as the issue following Gwen Stacy's death, when the next issue came out but there was apparently a new creative team (I think Don Heck or someone equally awful), that produced a disasterous follow up to the cliff hanger. I remember everyone at the comic store was pissed.
-I BELIEVE it was in the mid to late 1970s...or MAYBE the very early 1980s.
Does ANYONE know in what issue this amazing single page happened? Please help me find this!
I hate when writers kill off characterz to try and bring meaning/attention to their story arcs...as if they wont revive them eventually. Also, thats literally exactly what hyperion did to Namora in the ultimate universe some years ago. At least try to be original.