Religion: Atlantean Greco-Roman classical religion
Name: The Sub-Mariner
Alter Ego: Namor
Other Names: Namor the Sub-Mariner; Namor McKenzie; The Avenging Son; Old Man; Sealord; Mak-Kenzee; Fen-Son; Rex; Lord Mariner Numemor; Dr. Saki; Merman
First Appearance: Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (Apr. 1939): "Here is the Sub-Mariner!"
Creators: Bill Everett
Number of appearances: 1,864
Comic book appearances: 1,856
TV, film appearances: 7
Video game, computer game appearances: 1
Race: Atlantean-human hybrid
BELOW: The Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner join forces, united in their hatred for humanity: Upon meeting the Hulk for the first time, Prince Namor tells the green behemoth: "We BOTH share a burning hatred for the human race! If we act TOGETHER, we can bring humanity to its knees!" The Hulk concurs, saying, "I hate humans, too!" Their shared hatred for humans is somewhat ironic, given he fact that Namor is half-human and the Hulk's alter-ego is fully human.
Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 17-18. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: hate; The Hulk (Bruce Banner); The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
BELOW: Namor to the Avengers: "I pray we meet again!": This may not be the most sincere ever prayer uttered. It's probably not really a "prayer" at all. Namor is actually hoping for another chance to battle the Avengers and exact his revenge against humanity.
Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 25, panel 7. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: pray; The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
BELOW: After the Hulk (as Bruce Banner) flees the battle against the Avengers, his ally Sub-Mariner finds yet another reason to hate humanity: Namor exclaims: "He DESERTED me... BETRAYED me! Now I realize NO human can be trusted! I despise you ALL!"
Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 25, panel 2. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: hate; betrayal; Iron Man (Tony Stark); The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
BELOW: The alliance between the Hulk and Sub-Mariner is a tenuous one: Although temporarily allied against the Avengers, they are both already thinking about betraying each other.
Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 18, panel 3. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: betrayal; The Hulk (Bruce Banner); The Sub-Mariner (Namor)
From: "Any Christian Superheroes?" forum discussion, started 22 April 2004 on the rec.arts.comics.dc.universe newsgroup website (http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.comics.dc.universe/browse_thread/thread/4e5839f075fecf76/394c4ad930a0e68c; viewed 20 June 2006):
From: Gustavo Wombat
Date: Thurs, Apr 22 2004 12:03 pm
I can't think of any major superheroes that strongly believe in any real faith, and that surprises me. Certainly not in the DC Universe. I think there are more minority superheroes than religious ones...
Date: Fri, Apr 23 2004 2:12 am
Don't the Atlanteans still venerate the Greek gods in DC? I've gotten that impression anyway. (Aquaman didn't seem to have any problem interacting with the Greek gods). Namor of the Marvel Atlantis seems to venerate the Greek gods anyway...
From: "Religious Characters In Marvel" forum discussion, started 15 September 2006 on the Comic Book Resources website (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/archive/index.php/t-143850.html; viewed 25 May 2007):
09-15-2006, 09:01 PM
The other day I was thinking about religion and comic books... What I'm interested in is the way religious characters are portrayed in comic books...
I think the first step is listing what characters are what religion...
09-15-2006, 09:55 PM
...I believe the Atlanteans still worship Neptune
I think I remember an old New Mutants story that featured a group of people that still worshiped Hercules...
All Select Comics #1 (Fall 1943): "Battles the Bloody Baron" (lead character)
This character is in the following 352 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The 3-Minute Sketchbook #1 (Oct. 2007)
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