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921: Sub-Mariner #9 (v1)

" The Spell of the Serpent "
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Sub-Mariner #9 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Marie Severin
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Marie Severin
Inkers: Dan Adkins
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: January 1969
Release Date: October 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 406                 Times Rated: 246
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Namor, along with Warlord Seth, brave a dark abyss in hopes of finding a cure for Tiger Shark. Upon his return, Namor learns his throne has been usurped.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #8 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Sub-Mariner #10 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Lady Dorma
Lady Dorma last appeared in Sub-Mariner #8 (v1). Lady Dorma next appears in Sub-Mariner #11 (v1).
  Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark last appeared in Sub-Mariner #7 (v1). Tiger Shark next appears in Sub-Mariner #16 (v1).
  Lord Vashti
Lord Vashti last appeared in Sub-Mariner #6 (v1). Lord Vashti next appears in Sub-Mariner #15 (v1).
  Seth (Atlantean)
Seth (Atlantean) last appeared in Sub-Mariner #6 (v1). Seth (Atlantean) next appears in Sub-Mariner #21 (v1).
Ikthon last appeared in Sub-Mariner #7 (v1). Ikthon next appears in Sub-Mariner #15 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Var-Tov in the mainstream continuity. This is flashback appearance.
  Mysterious Character
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mysterious Character in the mainstream continuity. Mysterious Character next appears in Sub-Mariner #10 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lethe-Beast in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
Atlanteans last appeared in Sub-Mariner #8 (v1). Atlanteans next appears in Sub-Mariner #11 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Trident of Neptune
Trident of Neptune last appeared in Sub-Mariner #6 (v1). Trident of Neptune next appears in Sub-Mariner #17 (v1).
Serpent Crown
Serpent Crown last appeared in Sub-Mariner #8 (v1). Serpent Crown next appears in Sub-Mariner #10 (v1).
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  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-19 10:16:23  
  Nice to see the Serpent Crown show up. I never realized it started with Namor.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-11-05 14:18:16  
  Way too rushed this one  

  Spernst Says:    
  2014-09-24 12:38:12  
  Namor gets amnesia!? That never happens!  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-14 10:21:08  
  This was a very rushed issue. Disappointing because it held a ton of potential and could have been developed into the beginning of a great story arc. The amnesia part confused me at first because of how fast it came and went.  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-11-03 03:59:54  
  Atlantis was taken over by someone!!!!! No way, who would have thought that would happen............again....again and again and again.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-05 20:55:12  
  Wow, I'm surprised at how much I liked this issue. I especially liked that pissy reptile head on page 18. He looked annoyed as hell.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-06-12 21:01:17  
  3 stars for the awaking of the Serpent Crown!!!

Credit Due - Dan Adkins inks complements Marie Severin's pencils very well!!

My Happy Place - Man, the Atlanteans are a bunch of pessimists! They have the Quagmire of Doom, the Diamonds of Doom, and now the Abyss of Doom!!!

Warpoon - Just doesn't sound right...

Splash - A 60's orgy of tuna delight!!!

Scent Of Blood - Cool scene of Tiger Shark challenging Namor!!!

Splash II - @specialque: I agree, a cool headshot of Naga indeed!!

Fishy - So, the Ancients were early Atlanteans??

'Nuff Said - "Must thrust my weapon...between its grotesquely gaping jaws!"-Low Standards Namor

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2015-11-23 09:13:00  
  "Half to the Sea of Turbulence, and half to the Sea of Tranquility"

...umm... can I be on the Tranquility half, please?

Cool issue though. The effect the crown was having on the Atlanteans felt very Lovecraftian.

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-08-09 00:42:02  
  Don't the Atlanteans worship Neptune? Which, given he's a Greco-Roman god, would be paganism. So how can they descend to paganism by worshipping Naga? I've got more questions about Atlantean religion now than Namor has had bouts of amnesia!  

  fragsel @ Katryn (original post):    
  2016-08-09 00:53:41  
  I don't think followers of any religion believes themselves to be pagans...  

  danoldham Says:    
  2016-08-17 04:08:40  
  So half of the sea living ancients went to the Sea of Tranquility which is a completely dry plain on the moon...  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-09 18:01:59  
  The Serpent Crown: headwear for headcases!

So Atlantis was taken over from Namor again. You could always stick around and actually be a ruler, dude. But then again, that'd be boring, wouldn't it? However, it was pretty cool to see Dorma spearheading the attack on Namor in her Crown-induced mania. Who'da thought she had it in her?

Sigh. Amnesia again. At least it was only a few pages. The amnesia plot device was good for something, but I can never remember what.

2 stars. Seems like we're just revisiting old plot devices. However, I'd like to see what Naga can do; he might be someone to actually keep an eye on.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-11-09 19:16:07  
  I actually really liked this one! While I missed Big John Buscema's art, Marie Severin and Dan Adkins did a great job. I always love the way Marie draws the female characters. Look at Dorma's expression of curiosity on Pg/P2 as she looks at the helmet.

The overall story was pretty good, even with the usual aquatic amnesia trope, and I liked the evolution (or is it devolution in this case?) of the helmet of power. And how long do you think Namor was gone, considering Dorma's hair grew about a foot in length!

This is the second time I've seen Namor say "by the swirling Sargasso!" I hate that. Wouldn't Atlanteans have their own name for the bodies of water? Same with him not recognizing the land masses on Page 18, but knowing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Wouldn't that be Turbulence and Tranquility? Namor's been hanging out with the surface-dwellers too much!

But man, check out that crazy ol' Vashti on Page 12. I always knew the guy was a free-lovin' hedonistic hippy at heart. I'll bet he's not even under the influence of the helmet... he's just happy to finally get naked!

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-08-19 11:48:32  
  This book started out seeming to just be a re-tread of previous stories. I almost gave up on it, and Namor as a series, when he got amnesia. It was only the tease of the Serpent Crown that kept me going.

I'm glad I did, because this took a pretty good turn at that point.

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-12-07 06:00:43  
  I don't like Amnesia as a story-device and also the Atlantis-throne-usurping is getting kinda old...


It both worked well in this Story, felt not all too forced to me and drove the story forward. 3*

  Urgat @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2017-12-07 06:03:28  
  The question regarding the oceans is: Which is which?!  

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Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Serpent Crown listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Trident of Neptune listing.
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 5, 2017 fragsel Added Karthon to the issue.
   February 5, 2017 fragsel Added Var-Tov to the issue.
   February 5, 2017 fragsel Added Lethe-Beast to the issue.
   June 28, 2016 fragsel Deleted listing of Naga.
   June 28, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Naga.
   May 30, 2015 Neskit Changed comic details.
   November 20, 2013 fragsel Added Atlanteans to the issue.
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