Real Name: Namor (McKenzie)
Identity: Publicly known
Legal status: Atlantean citizen
Other Aliases: Sub-Mariner
Place of birth: Atlantis
Group affiliation: Defenders; formerly the Invaders,
Avengers and All-Winners Squad
Base of operations: Atlantis
First Appearance: MOTION PICTURE FUNNIES WEEKLY
History: Namor was born the hybrid offspring of
Princess Fen of Atlantis and an American seaman, Captain
Leonard McKenzie. McKenzie's ship was searching for the
Lemurian city rumored to house the mythical Helmet of
Power at the behest of one of his passengers, Paul Destiny.
However, McKenzie distrusted the uses to which Destiny
would put the Crown and caused an avalanche to bury the
city. Making his way to safety, McKenzie planted explosives
to break up the ice flows, unaware Atlantis lay beneath.
The damage the city sustained prompted King Thakorr to
send his daughter, Fen, to investigate. In a strange twist
of fate, the captured princess married McKenzie. When
Fen failed to return after several weeks, Thakorr dispatched
a rescue party. The ensuing scuffle apparently killed
McKenzie, and Fen returned to Atlantis. Nine months later,
Namor was born. erous occasions, most frequently opposed
by the Fantastic Four.
Namor grew up with a hostile attitude toward surface-dwellers.
When Thakorr discovered men in diving suits near Atlantis,
he assumed they were advance scouts for an invasion force
and ordered Namor to attack New York, where he fought
the original Human Torch. Shortly thereafter, Nazis attacked
Atlantis. Namor joined the Invaders, and later, the All-Winners
Squad, fighting the Nazi scourge alongside Captain America,
the Human Torch, Spitfire and myriad other heroes of the
Atlantis escaped much of the fighting during World War
II, but severe earthquakes damaged the city. Namor again
was dispatched to New York, where he fell afoul of Paul
Destiny, who finally had obtained the Helmet of Power
and was causing the quakes. His power destroyed much of
Atlantis, killing Thakorr and Fen. Under compulsion of
the Helmet, Namor returned to New York with amnesia and
became a wandering derelict.
Johnny Storm, the second Human Torch, eventually discovered
Namor in the Bowery. Burning away the extra hair and substantial
beard Namor had grown, Storm dropped the Atlantean in
the harbor. The immersion restored most of Namor's memory,
and he spent the next 10 years warring with the surface
world. Eventually, he realized he must put aside his hatred
of surface-dwellers on behalf of his undersea nation.
The Sub-Mariner was a founding member of the loosely
knit group of heroes known as the Defenders, brought together
with Dr. Strange and the Hulk when an ultimate computer
called the Omegatron threatened Earth. However, a curse
forced the original three Defenders and the Silver Surfer
to part ways. The condemnation was lifted, but Namor did
not return to the Defenders at that time. The team eventually
disbanded, due to circumstances beyond their control,
the founding Defenders and the Surfer were drawn together
once again to battle the forces of evil.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 320 lbs.
Known superhuman powers: Namor can lift about
85 tons at peak capacity, although his strength degrades
the longer he is out of water, to a minimum of 40 tons.
He is an amphibian, and breathes water and air with equal
facility. Namor also can fly for several hours at peak
speeds of 60 mph before tiring. In addition, he possesses