Snapshots from Green Victoria (tedwords) wrote,
Snapshots from Green Victoria

"Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice!"

"Thomas Paine is, at best, a lesser Founder. In the comic-book version of history that serves as our national heritage, where the Founding Fathers are like the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends, Paine is Aquaman to Washington's Superman and Jefferson's Batman; we never found out how he got his superpowers, and he only shows up when they need someone who can swim."

Personally, I think the author's being charitable. In my opinion, Aquaman was just added to round out the show's color scheme with a colorful green and mustard-colored blond dude (let's face it, all the other guys were brunettes, and the color of their costumes all tended to blue). And they never really used him when they needed someone who could swim. Superman could swim underwater all day long, if he wanted to. Instead, the writers just sort of dreamed up water-related escapades to give the poor dude something to do. I mean, how many times can one guy talk to a trout and save the day?
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