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Aquaman is definitely not the same superhero I grew up watching and reading about. He seems to have undergone a change from his mild mannered full bodied self to a somewhat darker and more disturbed long-haired character with a prosthetic left hand. Aquaman Wiki says some bad guy named Charybdis fed Aquaman's hand to piranha. Which comic book or animated TV episode or Movie first told the tale?

New Aquaman

Not the mild mannered Aquaman I remember.

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Aquaman made the mistake of thinking a swimming Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pig was an aquatic animal. This also explains why he flies into a rage every time reruns of Green Acres is on basic cable. – John O Nov 25 '12 at 6:56
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It happened in Aquaman (1994 series) #2, cover date September 94.

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Aquaman loses his hand when Charybdis steals his ability to communicate with sea life and sticks Arthur's hand into a piranha-infested pool which results in the loss.

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Could someone edit this and explain what we're seeing? It looks like Aquaman's hand is being eaten away by water. – CreationEdge Mar 12 '15 at 20:51
Added context. Tho to be fair the detail is in the q anyway. – NikolaiDante Mar 12 '15 at 20:56
But that detail was speculation from an unlinked Aquaman wiki. The image didn't seem to support it because there are no piranha visible, so I appreciate you adding the context. – CreationEdge Mar 12 '15 at 20:59

In 2001, it was displayed in the Justice League animated TV episode The Enemy Below (Season 1 Episode 3). He cut off his hand so he could get free in time to save his only son, the prince of Atlantis, from being murdered by his brother Orm.

Aquaman prepares to sever his hand to escape

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Worth noting: Aquaman himself was about to die, along with his son. He cut off his own hand deliberately, while chained to a giant boulder next to a baby falling face-first into an undersea volcano. Because awesome. – Nerrolken Mar 12 '15 at 21:25

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