I see from looking around that Aquaman has existed with and fought mermaids and mermen.

Is there any incarnation of Aquaman where he was a merman, was turned into a merman, or had the ability to become a merman?

  • Sorry if this is a dumb question; I know almost nothing about this mythos. Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 7:04
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In Justice Leage of America 119 (published in 1975), Aquaman is turned into a merman by alien invaders. He remains trapped in this form until the following issue. enter image description here

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    Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 1:17
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    Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 4:54
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One answer is that he is a merman, just not with the appearance you are thinking of. However, I know what you mean.

In the current continuity, they haven't appeared, but in the post crisis world, all the residents of Tritonis (which are the cities near or in Atlantis) appeared as classic mer-people. In the image below you see Iqula, who is the protector of Tritonis.

To distinguish, Aquaman is an Atlantean, and therefore a separate race in the Post-Crisis world (but not in current continuity).

A cover from Aquaman 4 in 1991

  • But in that image, Aquaman looks like normal.. Unless I'm misunderstanding?
    – Mac Cooper
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 14:40
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    No, I must have misread the question when I went to answer it. I added another sentence to clarify.
    – Adam Yoshi
    Commented Nov 18, 2015 at 14:47

The answer seems to be "no".

While Atlantis seems to have no shortage of merpeople, Aquaman does not seem to have ever been one of them.

I can find no imagery or references to suggest that Aquaman ever had the telling merman physiology.

Even Superman and Batman have been mermen at one point or another:

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But not Arthur Curry.

DC Comics' official profile of Aquaman makes no reference to Aquaman as a merman either.

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    Super-Merman! Wow!
    – user931
    Commented Oct 20, 2018 at 4:53

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