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The beard is back in ‘Aquaman’ #25


With the advent of DC Comics’ New 52, de facto head writer (and DC Entertainment chief creative officer) Geoff Johns took on the unenviable task of reinvigorating DC’s underwater superhero Aquaman. After nearly two years, Johns and his various collaborators have done so with aplomb, and it looks like with November’s landmark 25th issue they’re bringing back a long-lost character to the Aquaman mythos.

The beard.

As seen in the cover to the forthcoming Aquaman #25, Johns and series artist Paul Pelletier are resurrecting the sea king’s salty beard for the conclusion of their “Death of a King” story-arc.

The usually clean-cut Arthur Curry first took up the beard in the mid-’90s after he withdrew from society following some revelations about Atlantis. This original beard wasn’t the neatly manicured fuzz we see on Aquaman #25, however, but rather a scraggly longshoreman-like beard.

In those 1990s stories Aquaman went down a dark path once he took up that beard, at one point losing his ability to talk to sea life — and even losing his hand. We may not know the path Johns has planned for Aquaman in 2013 and beyond, but hey … he’s rocking his beard again.

Here’s a look at the Aquaman #25 cover in full.




Well, look, maybe we’re just going the route of the Batman: Brave and the Bold television show, where Aquaman was a jolly, pompous hero who rocked a beard just like that.

This piece is about a month late — the beard comes back in AQUAMAN # 24 ;)

More heroes need beards. Thor is another that comes to mind, especially since it was considered unmanly for Vikings to be clean shaven. I’d love to see Batman with a beard but that ridiculous faceless mask would give him away.

I thought Mera was his beard.

Agent Venom\ Winter Soldier

August 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Hell Yeah its all about the beard in Beard-ember!!! Actually Ollie is also rocking the beard on the cover of Green Arrow, although i beleive that is a Zero year tie-in… ah well hopefully he grows it in the modern ere as well…
@ Vizator: Totally Agree, more heroes need beards and about Thor and the vikings.

Aquaman with a beard sucks.

I am fine with the beard, but I just hope we do not learn what the sound of only one Aquaman hand clapping sounds like.

The beard looks cool, and it’s nice to see a hero rock facial hair. You don’t have to be clean cut to kick butt, so props to the Aquaman creative team. I would also agree that this is in an effort to make him more a bit more similar to his Brave and the Bold version, which is pretty well known now and doesn’t have the “Aquaman is lame” stigma; he’s got more of a “Man, Aquaman is so ridiculously over the top it’s awesome” vibe going on. Couldn’t hurt to try and translate that vibe to his comics self.

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