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1429: Sub-Mariner #51 (v1)

" Armageddon At Fifty Fathoms Full! "
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Sub-Mariner #51 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Mike Friedrich
Pencilers: Bill Everett
Inkers: Bill Everett
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1972
Release Date: April 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 219                 Times Rated: 149
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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With Llyra vanquished, Namor must now contend with Prince Byrrah. However, Byrrah seems backed by some interstellar allies, what investment could they possibly have in this Atlantean battle?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Marvel Feature #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Namorita last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). Namorita next appears in Sub-Mariner #52 (v1).
Namora last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). Namora next appears in Saga of the Sub-Mariner #2.
  Brother Royal
Brother Royal last appeared in Silver Surfer #2a (v1). Brother Royal next appears in X-Men Annual #5.
Byrrah last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). Byrrah next appears in Avengers #270 (v1).
Llyra last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). Llyra next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #213 (v1).
Group Appearances
Atlanteans last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). Atlanteans next appears in Sub-Mariner #54b (v1).
Badoon last appeared in Silver Surfer #2a (v1). Badoon next appears in Captain Marvel #27 (v1).
Mutant Crabs
Mutant Crabs last appeared in Sub-Mariner #50 (v1). Mutant Crabs next appears in Agents of Atlas #4 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 27, 2016
Quite bad.
Lots of fights, broken up by scenes that - as a whole - lack much sense. And make even less sense when one recalls the villain's actions in the previous issue.
We now learn that aliens were involved the whole time. And what everyone really wants now is... oil.
We also get a new sidekick for Namor and her backstory is a mess.
This is just nonsense from start to finish.

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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-04-28 13:17:44  
  Not sure what to think about 'Nita. Seems kinda gimmicky to me.  

  sewixo Says:    
  2012-06-11 05:56:38  
  Few inconsistencies in Namorita's story.
Byrrah changes his appearance again - radioactive oil can do that to ya.
I'm not 100% sure if Namor got his memory back or not. Not that it changes anything, apparently.
Also there's a lot talking about cousin-marriage going on - I guess it's ok if it's underwater.

  JWC Says:    
  2012-09-15 10:31:42  
  I liked this arc overall, but this wasn't a great issue. Namor's memory loss seems to come and go depending on what's convenient for the plot. I like the addition of Namorita. Hopefully the romantic angle is forgotten soon.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-10-21 12:57:13  
  This was, if anything a bigger mess than last issue. Also, Namor, careful dude. I know you are trying to save Namorita, but shoving her face in oil, and then just plain shoving her in the face to get her out of the line of fire is too much.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-07 19:15:07  
  I love Everett's art in this one.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-04-11 10:10:36  
  I'm really tired of Namor losing and regaining memory all the time. I mean, that just CANNOT be good for the brain.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-11-15 13:28:26  
  This gets an extra star for Namor repeatedly pushing Nita away by the face...  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-07 19:04:17  
  Pretty good arc except for the fact that the Atlantean rulers think that 2nd cousins are marriage material... Gross...  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-03-12 09:56:24  
  Guys, royalty marrying cousins is simply how it's done. I'm pretty sure Dorma was his cousin too.
WULMFF: Apparently the sound a young girl's face makes when you slam it into the ocean floor.

  VirtualAdept Says:    
  2015-06-29 00:24:19  
  Aren't Blackbolt and Medusa cousins too? Royal families in marvel all about that cousin love.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-05-12 18:05:26  
  2 stars for the attack of the "B" Listers! Byrrah & the Badoon!!!

Cover Me - Who are the other bad guys on the cover?? They're not Badoon, nor Crab Men!!!

Itsy Bitsy - Namorita's bikini is now it's famous green color!!

Rageaholic - John Byrne's Namor series in the 90's explains why Namor is so susceptible to getting amnesia, and his frequent mood swings!!

Whitewash - @sewixo: I agree about the plot inconsistencies. Everett completely changes Llyras timeline with the Lemurians! Forgetting all about Naga and Karthon!!!

'Nuff Said - "We must not delay! The crabs are aroused!"-Naughty Namor

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-03-02 06:36:54  
  How many half Atlanteans are there? I had kind of thought that Namor was the only one, but it would seem not.  

  Johnny Darkness @ Katryn (original post):    
  2017-03-02 18:04:11  
  People will **** anything.  

  Johnny Darkness @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2017-03-02 18:05:40  
  Personally, I hate that Byrne created a reason for his mood swings. Why can't he just be an asshole?  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-20 19:43:15  
  Now serving: steamed crab, and the Chicken of the Sea himself, Byrrah!

I'm not a real fan of Namor's constant bouts with amnesia either. As of this writing, I haven't read John Byrne's take on it, but in a way I'm glad he addressed it. As for me, I always figured the main reason Namor's so susceptible to it was because, well, goldfish DO have only a five-second memory span.

And yeah, Namorita (Bill and Mike) did leave out some important information concerning Naga and Karthon. Odd that the comic historian in Roy let that one slide by.

3 stars. Still a pretty good arc overall, in spite of the errors. And as far as the marrying cousins issue goes, it could be much worse: we all also know that many species of fish EAT each other, too!

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-02-08 11:37:25  
  Pg. 2 Pn. 1 - Did Namor just slam Namorita's face into the ground?

Pg. 3, pn. 3 - The facial assaults just keep on coming.

The aliens need radioactive oil to sustain their eggs? How would a species like that evolve? It seems like a disadvantageous evolutionary trait. Unless their planet has lakes of oil and a highly radioactive sun (or a lot of radioactive elements in its crust).

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   December 13, 2017 fragsel Added Mutant Crabs to the issue.
   March 27, 2016 MattzLadd Added John Costanza creator listing.
   March 27, 2016 MattzLadd Added Bill Everett creator listing.
   July 20, 2015 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   November 20, 2013 fragsel Added Atlanteans to the issue.
   May 26, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for Brother Royal.
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