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Aquaman creator: Paul Norris obit by Bradley Mason Hamlin
PAUL NORRIS (1914-2007)
PAUL NORRIS, creator of DC Comics' AQUAMAN, died from a stroke on November 6, 2007.
Well, as readers of Mystery Island Magazine
must know by now-AQUAMAN
is one of the most honored heroes on our shores.
a huge hero in terms of name recognition and his
overall participation in the DC Universe, but also carries a strange and convoluted history of moving in and out of DC's "A" list or general popularity, largely due to poor editorial decisions and a lack of ongoing creator-driven continuity.
I wrote an article called "The Aquaman Argument" a few years ago about the problems of a great character not getting his
due, so I won't rehash all of that here, but it's interesting to note that for the bulk of Aquaman's career-nobody seemed to know who created him, and that is a big problem in terms of creative vision.
Then Paul Norris
stepped in to create the look for what is believed to be about the first ten appearances in More Fun Comics, but then Aquaman was pretty much sent adrift …
Well, I for one am glad the record was set straight before Paul Norris passed away.
name is now credited on all Aquaman comics-and truth be told-no one ever caught the concept or idea of the character more right or better than Paul's original design and vision for Aquaman.
was clearly a hardworking man and moved on to other projects, thus the due credit getting lost in the shuffle for many years.
I wish I could have thanked him in person for creating a character born of such classic and cool creativity, but I'll just have to say it here and hope Paul
is spending a little time surfing the net before moving on to the next big wave.
Thank you Paul Norris
You are remembered.
The Aquaman Website
and Paul Norris, creator of Aquaman.
AquaSpotting - Aquawiki
Paul Norris in Rolling Stone
27 Dec 2007 - Aquaman
& Paul Norris
got a mention in the year-end issue of Rolling Stone
It was in the tribute section for people who passed on in 2007.
Paul Norris, 93: The DC comic artist who created Aquaman.
other characters, the original Sandman and Futureman, were less successful.
More Fun Comics 77 - Aquawiki
Aquaman Splash Page from More Fun #77 by Paul Norris
More Fun Comics 78 - Aquawiki
Aquaman Splash Page from More Fun #78 by Paul Norris