A hero published by DC Comics
first appeared in
Adventure Comics #269
Soon after the sinking of Atlantis, a group of pacifists lead by
Thar and his wife Berra established a colony away from the main
city of Poseidonis. The colony thrived under Thar's leadership
and he and Berra were made king and queen of their people, who
called themselves Idylists.
But tragedy struck the colony as illness struck their king. The disease
twisted Thar's mind and he began to stock arms and take control of
the people by force, planning to further his control by violence. The
people turned to Berra for help though she was pregnant. Berra
was unable to bring herself to oppose her husband, though she pleaded
with him to stop his plans. The people eventually rose up against
their king and slew him. As punishement for her weakness, Berra was
exiled from the Idylists and she returned to Poseidonis.
When Berra's child was born, the infant was healthy, but he had
purple eyes. Purple eyes were believed by the superstious members of
Poseidonis to mean that the child could be Garn Dauu'uth reborn.
Dauu'uth was the brother of the mighty Atlantean wizard Arion and
a evil wizard in his own right. Others believed that the child was
inferior and a drain on society. It was decided that the child should
be taken to a reef and left to die.
Garth, as the child was called, survived and was discovered by
Orin, the King of Atlantis, known to those on the surface as
Aquaman. Aquaman realized what had occurred and took the child into
his care. They shared adventures and the youngster was given the
Over the years, Garth found himself plagued by feelings of insecurity.
He was treated by the citizens of Poseidonis like a leper and
felt that he was never a priority for Orin, whose time was taken up
with ruling the kingdom, being a husband to Mera and later father
to Arthur, Jr. their son. During this time, Garth did find a group
of peers to hang out with in the members of the Teen Titans, but the
scope of his powers and his limitation of not being out of the water
more than an hour, did not allow for them to spend much time together.
Aqualad was approached by the Idylists to help them against one of
Aquaman's enemies, the Black Manta. Aqualad attempted to help
but was captured by the villain. When Aquaman arrived on the scene,
he was forced by Black Manta to fight his friend, with the life of
his son in the balance. Arthur, Jr. was killed and Garth parted
company with Aquaman, feeling betrayed by his former mentor.
Garth stayed with the Idylists for a time and discovered his origins.
He also began a relationship with a young Atlantean woman named
Tula. She adopted the identity of Aquagirl and both adventured
with the Teen Titans. Their romance ended, however, during the
Crisis on Infinite Earths when Tula was killed defending
New York harbor from the a group of villains.
Garth was depressed by the loss of Tula and kept a low profile for
many months. He was caught up with his fellow Titans when the
Wildebeests under the direction of Jericho hunted down and captured
all of the members both active and inactive of the Teen Titans. Garth
was left in a coma and the Titans eventually contacted Aquaman in
hopes that the Atlanteans could offer some hope for Garth's condition.
Aquaman brought Garth to the healers of the Idylists and with their
help, restored Aqualad to health.
Months later, Aqualad was injured by the villain Charybdis, who was
also responsible for the loss of Aquaman's hand to a group of
piranha. Garth would have died had not the underwater heroine Dolphin
brought him to Poseidonis for healing. During this time, Garth
saw someone that in his delerium he believed to be Tula, and after he
healed, he returned to the area to find his lost love.
Instead of Tula, Garth discovered a woman who was half human/half shark
named Letifos. Despite her warnings, Garth followed her to her home,
where he was captured by her people. They sentenced Garth to death and
tied him up. He was then attacked by a vortex that stripped the
flesh from his bones, leaving only Garth's skeleton.
Garth would have been killed if not for the intervention of Atlan,
a Atlantean wizard and father of Aquaman. Atlan rescued Garth's
lifeforce and took it to another dimension where he recreated Garth.
In this other dimension, Garth learned that he was destined to become
the greatest of all the Atlantean wizards and became a student of
Garth returned to Earth to gain his birthright as a wizard and after a
series of adventures, gained incredible new powers and a new code name