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Lagoon Boy
Lagoon Boy (bottom right), alongside the Titans East. From Titans East Special #1.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAquaman #50 (December 1998)
Created byErik Larsen
In-story information
Team affiliationsTitans East
Young Justice
AbilitiesAmphibious physiology
  • Superhuman strength
  • Speed swimming
  • Aquatic adaption
  • Superhuman endurance
  • Superhuman stamina
  • Ability to breathe freely underwater
  • Sharp claws and teeth
  • Ability to blow up like a puffer fish
  • Psionic/Mental control over sea creatures; telepathic and empathic

Hydrokinesis

  • Create, manipulate and mold water into any shape or form
  • Create semisolid constructs of water
  • Create a strong wave or whirlpool

Lagoon Boy is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. His name and appearance are references to the title character from the classic horror feature film Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Publication history

Lagoon Boy first appeared in Aquaman vol. 5 #50 (December 1998) and was created by Erik Larsen.

Fictional character biography

No writer has yet provided an origin story for Lagoon Boy. In his first appearance, he is allowed into Atlantis as part of an attempt by Aquaman to make Atlantis more open to those living outside the city by granting them citizenship. His presence is met with protests by many elitist Atlanteans. Lagoon Boy comes to the citizenship ceremony on the day of Aquaman and Queen Mera's marriage. While there he befriends Blubber, a humanoid whale with a genius IQ, and his assistant Sheeva the Mermaid. Aquaman #54 reveals that the three characters have begun calling themselves "The Land-Lovers" as they were underwater creatures who were fascinated with the world over water. Blubber creates a device which allows Atlanteans to view television from the surface world, and the trio head up to the surface world in order to explore and compare it to the television broadcasts they had seen. Their appearance creates a huge disturbance and the Coast Guard is quickly called. Aquaman rescues the Land-Lovers from persecution and sends them back to Atlantis.

After Erik Larsen's run on Aquaman ended, the Land-Lovers did not reappear in the title. Lagoon Boy was used shortly before the end of Larsen's run by writer Chuck Dixon, who wrote the Young Justice Special #1 (No Man's Land) story. In the story, the male members of Young Justice (Superboy, Robin and Impulse), head for Gotham City and meet Lagoon Boy. They join together to stop Kobra. Lagoon Boy reappears in Young Justice: Sins of Youth, where he is aged to adulthood. He helps Young Justice against Klarion the Witchboy and Black Manta, and he assists the JSA, JLA and the Titans in ending the wild mixture of science and magic which had been causing the transformations.

Lagoon Boy later displays the ability to command, or at least enlist the aid of, humpback whales in order to cause a riptide on the shores of the rogue nation of Zandia, aiding Young Justice in the process.[1] Robin and Lagoon Boy team up to stop a sea monster from damaging Gotham Harbor and force its return to the sea.[2] Lagoon Boy was briefly shown in Infinite Crisis when The Spectre wreaks havoc on the people of Atlantis. He is shown fighting the Spectre alongside many Atlanteans and their allies. Lagoon Boy is one of the few survivors after Spectre squashes the city.[3]

Over a year after Young Justice disbands, Lagoon Boy is recruited alongside several other obscure teenaged heroes as part of a Teen Titans spin-off team known as the Titans East. He and the rest of the Titans are severely injured after being attacked by the children of Trigon on a routine training exercise.[4]

In a scene taking place just hours prior to the events of Blackest Night, Lagoon Boy's former teammate Hawk II visits Titans Tower and angrily tells Cyborg that Lagoon Boy is still in a coma.[5]

In 2011, DC Comics rebooted the DC Universe in "The New 52". Lagoon Boy appeared as a member of the Teen Titans five years in the future.[6]

During the "Heroes in Crisis" storyline, Lagoon Boy is seen at Sanctuary where he is dealing with the trauma of the deaths when a mysterious assailant massacred his teammates in the Titans East team. He is among the heroes who were killed by a mysterious assailant and was found with a knife in his chest.[7]

Powers and abilities

Lagoon Boy is an amphibious boy. He is small in stature, but strong, quick and durable. His body is covered in green scales and fins and he has sharp claws and teeth. When excited, Lagoon Boy also has the ability to blow up like a puffer fish, which makes him appear to be much larger and more intimidating, making him physically more powerful and develop quills that can cause great pain to other opponents who cross his path.

Lagoon Boy discovers a conch horn that allows him to call out to his Spotty, a monstrous animal from the undersea trench called the Devil's Deep. Lagoon Boy has also displayed the ability to command humpback whales. At this point, it is unclear just how much control he has over them. He could also conjure and mold water into any shape he saw fit, using it as a jettison device to reach a flying Powerboy.[8]

While not a superpower per se, he also has access to wealth acquired from submerged ships and cities.[9]

In other media

Television

Miscellaneous

References

  1. ^ Young Justice #50 (December 2002)
  2. ^ Robin (vol. 4) #83–84 (December 2000 – January 2001)
  3. ^ Infinite Crisis #4 (March 2006)
  4. ^ Titans East Special (January 2008)
  5. ^ Titans (vol. 2) #2 (July 2008)
  6. ^ Teen Titans: Future's End #1. DC Comics
  7. ^ Heroes in Crisis #1. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Titans East Special (January 2008)
  9. ^ Aquaman (vol. 5) #54 (April 1999)