In the Spider-Man arcade game made and released in the early 90's, players have the option of playing a character called Prince Namor, also known as Submariner (basically either Marvel's counter to DC's Aquaman or the other way around).

In the game Namor can, as a special attack, shoot what looks like lightning from either his hands or bands on his wrists (it's kind of hard to tell), but I haven't found him doing this in any other depictions of him- does he only have this particular ability in the video game?

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    It doesn't matter, because that game was awesome!
    – Buzz
    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 2:23

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No. Namor has had the ability to shoot electricity "like the electric eel" for about sixty years.

Captain America blocking Namor's electrical blast

Namor zapping Doctor Doom

Namor name-checking the ability being obscure against The Human Torch

The editors making fun of how the ability is obscure

Namor expositing on his power being like that of an electric eel

This site claims the first showing was in Fantastic Four #6, the aforementioned assault on Doctor Doom.

Sadly, I see no mention of the game using his power to swell up like a puffer fish. No doubt that was being held out for the sequel.

  • ...yeah..."ALL the creatures of the sea" opens up some interesting possibilites. Hopefully he's never been frightened like an octopus
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 14:26
  • @NKCampbell It could explain why Sue took so long to decide to drop Namor as a boyfriend...
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 14:47

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