Although a subject of mocking for most of his comic book history, Aquaman has recently become a more respected superhero thanks to his badass narratives, as well as Jason Momoa’s brilliant interpretation of the character on the big screen. All of this revitalised interest in Aquaman and his history, which is why we are going to analyse one aspect of the character in today’s article. Want to know why Aquaman is bulletproof? Keep reading to find out!
Aquaman is bulletproof due to simple physics. Namely, the underwater environment Aquaman lives in has extreme pressure (around 15,000 psi) and he had to evolve in such a way to withstand such pressure. Since a regular bullet produces around 3,000 psi of pressure, it is understandable why Aquaman’s skin is resistant to bullets.
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Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Who is Aquaman?
Aquaman is the superhero name of Arthur Curry, a fictional superhero appearing in stories published by DC Comics. Aquaman was created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris, debuting in November 1941 in the comic book More Fun Comics #73. The firs issue saw him take on superpowers similar to the ones listed (on)powered troopers, which means that all Aquaman had do to was fight back. And the rest is hitory.
Arthur Curry is the son of a lighthouse worker named Tom Curry and a woman named Atlanna. Arthur demonstrated incredible strength and speed as a teenager, as well as the ability to breathe underwater and talk to fish. At the time of her death, Atlanna revealed the truth to the boy: she was the Queen of Atlantis in exile, and promised that one day Arthur would become the ruler of the seven seas. His father educated him and taught him how to manage his abilities, which ultimately helped him become a hero named Aquaman.
His origin was changed when the DC Universe was launched. In this iteraton, Orin was born into the royal family of Atlantis. But later it turned out that his father was not the king of Atlantis, but the immortal wizard Atlan. He foretold a great future for the child and named him Orin in honor of his ancestor, promising to be the father of another child, because two brothers must always fight for the future of Atlantis. Travis immediately learned that the child was not his, by the color of his hair (Orin was blond), which indicated that he could carry the Curse of Cordaks.
It was announced that the Queen had a miscarriage, and the child was left on the Merciful Reef. But thanks to his ability to communicate with the inhabitants of the sea, the child was raised by dolphins. His adoptive mother, Porm, gave him the name Swimmer, although Orin left the family when his adoptive brother, Drina, was killed by a fisherman. His next encounter with humanity occurred when a lighthouse worker, Tom Curry, took him into his care, giving him the name Arthur Curry before he died.
Spending time in Alaska, Arthur fell in love with an Eskimo girl named Kako. She was pregnant, but Arthur didn’t know it, because the demon Nulayuk forced him to leave Alaska. When he returned to Atlantis, Arthur was sentenced to hard labor in a prison called the Aquarium. He had a good relationship with former professor Valko, who taught him Atlantic; at this time he learns that his biological mother is dead. The first superhero Orin met was Flash.
He called Curry Aquaman during a press conference on the shores of the Crescent. Upon his next return home, Orin learns that Professor Valko led the uprising and demanded his legal right to the throne of Atlantis. This was allegedly changed during the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, which was revealed during a conversation with Jackson Hyde and shown in The Brighter Day, that Arthur was the son of Atlanna and Tom Curry again.
Despite his “mock-villain” title, Aquaman has become increasingly popular during the years, being featured in video games, TV shows, films and other material. In the DCEU, he is portrayed Jason Momoa.
Why is Aquaman bulletproof?
Now, some of you might wonder whether Aquaman even is bulletproff and if he is, is that an old or a new thing? Despite the character going through a lot of changes throughout the years, Aquaman has been bulletproof ever since his debut appearance in 1941. This trait ranged from being more resistant to bullets to being completely bulletproof, depending on the author.
Aquaman has demonstrated this ability on numerous occasions, resisting both regular bullets as well as smaller cannon shells. The reason for that is simple – his skin is so thick that it cannot be penetrated by the force and pressure created by bullets. This is a result of his Atlantean physique, i.e., the fact the has to live underwater, where the pressure is several times bigger than that created by a bullet.
For example, a solid .38 bullet produces around 3,000 psi of pressure momentarily, which is enough to penetrate regular human skin and a lot of other materials, but not Aquaman. Namely, Aquaman lives and moves in the deepest parts of the oceans, where the pressure produced by the water is enormous, several times larger than that produced by a bullet. The pressure Aquaman has to live with is more than 15,000 psi, which is much bigger than the pressure of a bullet. The Atlanteans had to adapt their physiques in accordance with the nature, which made them extremely tough and invulnerable to many regular human weapons, bullets included.
Can Aquaman be stabbed?
Now that we know that Aquaman cannot be penetrated by a human bullet, we might also wonder whether he can be cut or stabbed?
Well, since his skin is so hard to deflect an incoming bullet, it can certainly resist a blade, however big or sharp it might be. This is also due to basic physics, as a blade couldn’t possibly produce enough pressure and/or force to penetrate the skin of a person that can survive more than 15,000 psi of pressure.
Still, Aquaman is not completely resistant to blades and he can be cut, stabbed and even penetrated by a weapon made out of Atlantean steel, whose properties can breach through Aquaman’s enhanced body. This is, so far, the only known weapon that can cut or stab Aquaman that is, of course, of Earthly origins.
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