Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceGarth:
Adventure Comics #269 (February 1960)
Jackson Hyde:
Brightest Day #4 (August 2010)
Created byGarth:
Robert Bernstein
Ramona Fradon
Jackson Hyde:
Brandon Vietti
Greg Weisman
Phil Bourassa
In-story information
Alter egoGarth
Jackson Hyde
Team affiliationsTeen Titans
Aquaman Family
Notable aliasesSon of the Seven Seas

Aqualad is the alias of several superheroes in American comic books published by DC Comics and appearing in media published by DC Entertainment. The character was originally created by writer Robert Bernstein and artist Ramona Fradon, serving as the sidekick and junior counterpart to superhero Aquaman alongside contemporary, Aquagirl. The character's first incarnation, Garth, debuted in Adventure Comics #269. A native Atlantean unlike his mentor, Garth in both continuities has purple eyes signifying a heritage considered evil and was an outcast taken in by Aquaman. He eventually abandons the "Aqualad" role and adopts the alias, "Tempest".

The second incarnation of the character, Kaldur'ahm, originally was set to debut in 2010, created for the Young Justice animated television series by Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman and Phil Bourassa. Several months prior to the launch of the cartoon, an altered version of the character, introduced as Jackson Hyde, was brought into comic books by writer Geoff Johns and artist Ivan Reis. Both versions of the character, sharing the common quality of Aquaman's half-human heritage, are protege of Aquaman whose half human heritage originates from their father, Aquaman villain Black Manta. While sharing similar designs, both versions of the character possess different backgrounds and inherent abilities.

The Garth version of Aqualad made his live-action debut in the television series Titans, played by Drew Van Acker.[1]

Fictional character biography


Main article: Garth (comics)

Years ago, King Thar and his wife Queen Berra became the reigning monarchs of Shayeris, the capital of a group of Idyllist colonies in the Hidden Valley. Radical Idyllists deposed and murdered King Thar and banished his pregnant wife Queen Berra to Poseidonis, the capital city of Atlantis; there she gave birth to Garth, a child with purple eyes. Superstitious Atlanteans claimed that Garth had been born genetically inferior due to his purple eyes and banished him to a barren seabed leagues away from Atlantis. He survived and later befriended Aquaman, the sometimes outcast King of Atlantis. He was a founding member of the Teen Titans, and later became known as Tempest.

Jackson Hyde

Main article: Jackson Hyde

Jackson Hyde first appeared in Brightest Day #10 (September 2010).[2] This coincides with the appearance of Aqualad in the Young Justice animated series (albeit using the name Kaldur'ahm).[3][4] According to Johns, the new Aqualad is named Jackson Hyde, and is a black teenager from New Mexico.[2] In a teaser poster for the Brightest Day event, he is shown using "hard water" abilities to create a sword.[5] This ability had previously been thought to belong exclusively to Aquaman's wife, Mera, and people from her world.

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Video games


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