Classic Comic Cover Corner – Sub-Mariner #25

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Sub-Mariner #25 – May, 1970

Cover art by Marie Severin and Sal Buscema

Sub-Mariner #25 – May, 1970
Sub-Mariner #25 – May, 1970

When it was announced last week that famed Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, would be making an appearance at a local swim meet (allegedly “testing the waters” and considering coming out of retirement to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics), it reminded me of a vision I had during the Olympian’s 2008 heyday – that Phelps would make the perfect Sub-Mariner in a movie about the egotistical Prince of Atlantis.

To celebrate the swimming celebrity’s visit to our humble city (AKA Mesa, Arizona), we’re showcasing one of Prince Namor’s classic comic covers, Sub-Mariner #25 from May, 1970, which perfectly captures the Monarch’s agitation and issues with the surface world.

Michael Phelps as the Sub-Mariner?In the Roy Thomas penned tale, “A World My Enemy”, the Sub-Mariner finds chemical weapons and other surface-made junk polluting and poisoning the waters of his beloved ocean, killing many of the Atlantean’s under his protection.

As he is apt to do, Namor takes matters into his own hands, physically removing some of the polluting ships from the sea and depositing them on dry land. He then raids the United Nations and demands that Atlantis become a member. But, of course, the surface-dwelling fools reject the Imperius Rex on grounds that Atlantis is not a peace-loving nation. What?

Coincidentally, in addition to his uncanny resemblance to Prince Namor, Michael Phelps has had his own issues with dangerous chemicals and unruly surface-dwellers.

So what say you? Is Phelps as the Mariner perfect casting or not? Or maybe more importantly, what are they going to do about those wacky foot-wings when the Sub-Mariner movie is finally made?

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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