With a new movie slated to be released in the midst of 1,800 other movies about second-tier superheroes that'll be hitting your local movie theaters over the remainder of your life and the lives of all of your children for a thousand years hence, until the tribe of Lost Children from Mad Max:Beyond Thunderdome becomes a reality, Aquaman is hot.
Well, not literally, but that's pretty much the only thing that DC's King of the Seven Seas doesn't do in this adventure from Aquaman vol.1 No.14 (March-April 1964, "Aquaman's Secret Powers"). When Aquaman and his kid sidekick, Aqualad, discover a bearded hermit floating on a storm-tossed raft in the middle of the ocean, they naturally drown him and consume his flesh, as do all merpeople of the unforgiving oceans.
|That's good. You want to stretch before working out.|
I've always been of the mind that Aquaman should have more powers than his traditional assortment of water-breathing and fish commanding, and I know I'm not alone in that. When you consider all the possible powers you could extrapolate from his aquatic environment, you realize that the sky's the limit. Sort of. The sea's the limit.
Anyway, Aquaman could always pick up a venomous or electric touch, the ability to control water, cuttlefish-like camouflage, sonar and other enhanced senses, ink sacs, the seahorse-like ability to gestate young ... you know, all the classics.
Those aren't the powers granted by the magic powder, though. Impulsively dusted with the sprinkly stuff, Aquaman is now simply playing out the clock until he gains the opportunity to use his new abilities -- opportunities which come in short order (we're fighting a twenty-four hour deadline here, mind you).
|You'll never be normal, Aquaman.|
Rescuing a damaged ship-at-sea a scant six hours later requires Aquaman to blow up like a dirigible so that he can haul the vessel to shore. I've seen worse novelty hot air balloons than that, to be honest. His high vantage point allows him to witness a tidal wave, which his third transformation luckily blocks -- Aquaman spreads out and becomes a human wall. That happens to a lot of men in middle age, it's nothing to be embarrassed about.
His final transformation is to turn into a stone giant, hundreds of feet tall. For the life of me, I can't figure out why this seems like the unlikeliest transformation of all, but it really does. Maybe because the other ones can all be accomplished with Silly Putty, so the stone giant seems out of place.
Once the transformations are concluded, Aquaman returns to his normally-powered self. I assume so, anyway, because they didn't extrapolate as to whether Aquaman kept any of the magic powder or if he and Aqualad did anything with the old hermit's corpse. It might still be rotting on a beach somewhere, clutching a sack of supernatural cocaine in his bony claw. Now THAT part I hope ends up in the movie.
|Aqualad is insensitive.|