The Sub-Mariner was the very first Marvel character who has a history that spans over 70 years of publication. Below is his unabridged history.
For an abridged version see Namor's Abridged History.
1940s Appearances: It has been revealed that a number of Namor's wartime adventures were actual comic book adaptations published as wartime propaganda.
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The events leading up to the birth of Namor McKenzie have their beginnings in the year 1915, when explorer Ernest Schackleton was sent on a voyaged by Winston Churchill to bring back a sample of Vibranium from the Antarctic. His ship the Endurance was lost, prompting Leonard McKenzie to pilot the Oracle into the area in 1920. He agreed to take along telepath Paul Destine who was searching for a long lost race called the Ancients. Their voyages put them directly above the fabled kingdom of Atlantis. When they used charges to blast through the ice, they caused serious death and destruction in Atlantis. Emperor Thakorr demanded an expedition to learn what caused the destruction. However, his daughter Princess Fen in an attempt to prove her bravery went up alone with the only sample of a potion that allowed an Atlantean to breath above water for five hours at a time. Taken aboard the Oracle and believed to be some strange stowaway, Fen was looked after by McKenzie personally. Fen stayed to learn what she could about the surface dwellers, and learned their language and soon fell in love with Leonard and was married. Her prolonged absence from Atlantis prompted Thakorr to send a search party for her. Led by Warlord Krang, the Oracle was stormed and Leonard was gunned down. Fen was dragged back to Atlantis believing Leonard to be dead.
Accounts of what happened vary, in most accounts the Oracle left with Leonard who survived and lived on. However, another account states that Leonard, surviving the attack, began searching the ice for Fen and was eventually abandoned. His leg pinned and broken in ice, McKenzie was then rescued by Fen who brought him back to Atlantis. Despite protests from her people, Fen managed to stay their wrath and the people agreed to let Leonard live until Thakorr (away on business) returned to execute him for the crimes he committed against Atlantis. There Fen grew to love Leonard and the two spent time together. When Thakorr returned, he demanded that McKenzie be executed, however Fen managed to convince him to stay his hand. When another ship passed through the region setting off explosives that once more imperiled Atlantis, Fen assisted Leonard in escaping aboard the vessel before her people could eliminate him. In yet another account, this one by Namor himself, he stated that Leonard raped his mother. The validity of this account is suspect and Namor's recalling was tempered over the events that led to a then recent super-hero Civil War.
Whatever the true facts maybe, it was shortly after Leonards departure that Fen discovered that she was pregnant with Leonard's child. In one account, Thakorr had Fen sequestered until she gave birth to her child. When the child was born he was named Namor, which meant "The Avenging Son" in the Atlantean language. Accounts of Thakorr's reaction to the birth of his grandson vary between pride to disgust. In the latter account, Fen was able to convince Thakorr to spare his half-breed grandchild as he was the heir to the Atlantean throne, although Thakorr ordered Fen to enter a 10 year exile until Namor was old enough to be groomed into his heritage.
The earliest account of Namor's childhood was shortly after his 10th birthday. He was present with his mother while Emperor Thakorr banished a scientist named Vyrra for his cloning experiments. Namor learned from his mother that cloning was outlawed in Atlantis centuries ago under the rule of Emperor Thallo after a clone uprising led to a slaughter that was referred to as the "Day of the Long Spears" in Atlantean history. At this time Fen began teaching Namor, believing that a "Prince of the Blood must be wise and valliant".
Growing up, Namor's constant playmate was king Thakkor's step-son Byrrah who regularly envied peoples favor over Namor, and mocked mixed heritage. While playing above the surface, Namor became trapped above the ice, while Byrrah and the other children fled. Fearing that he would suffocate after a prolonged period out of the water, Namor was soon rescued by a group of Atlanteans led by her mother some 15 hours later. To their surprise Namor was alive and well and they discovered that the boy could breath out of the water for an indefinite period of time. Days later while there was a storm raging on the surface, Namor accepted a dare from Byrrah to go above and brave the elements without fear. On the surface Namor was attacked by a pack of wild dogs left behind by a previous Antarctic expedition and manages to fight them off alone before returning home.
Around this time, the people of Atlantis relocated and began building a new kingdom near the Pacific Northwest. Within close proximity to surface humans, Namor became curious and began to venture to the surface. Along a beach he became friends with a young girl named Sandy Pierce, the daughter of Henry Pierce , a wealthy business man. Back home, Namor had aspirations to become part of his grandfathers Tri-Team that protected his people from sharks and other threats when they went on massive fish hunts.
At the age of 12, Namor and his mother explored the remains of the USS Byrd. Followed by Byrrah, who had once more grown jealous of Namor attempted to pin him under one of the ships booms. However, he instead pinned Fen instead and found himself locked in one of the ships cabins. Namor surprised everyone when he was able to remove the 1200 pound boom off his mother and was able to rip the door free, saving Byrrah's life. In the process Namor learned he has super-human strength. At age 14, Namor and his mother took a trip to the Antarctic region to explore the surface during the warmer season. When the ice floe they were on split open both he and Fen fell into the crack. While Fen fell to the bottom and broke her leg, Namor was surprised when tiny wings grew out of his ankles enabling him to fly. With his new ability he was able to rescue his mother and bring her back to Atlantis for medical attention.
Soon Namor was introduced to his cousin Namora who was named after him. The young Namor was not interested in meeting a girl and when out playing with Byrrah and the others snubbed her. Namora decided to teach Namor a lesson in humility when the boys went to go play in a sunken submarine. When Namor began playing in the torpedo tube, she blocked off the end of the tube and eventually Namor was trapped inside. While Byrrah and the others fled, Namora used her considerable strength to rescue her cousin. The two apologized to each other and formed a strong friendship. After, Namor, Namora and Byrrah went to explore the abandoned Antarctic research town of "Little America". When Namora accidentally started a fire, trapping herself in one of the cabins, Namor came to her rescue. Having never experienced fire before, Namor was taken aback, but soon realized that contact with water revitalized his strength and he was able to save Namora from the flames.
By the age of 16, Namor regularly hung out with his cousin Bobo and took up surfing along the Pacific Northwest. One day while helping in a massive sea hunt, Namor and Bobo came to the rescue of some children threatened by a shark. After saving the children both Namor and Bobo were commended while the Tri-Team, who failed in their task were punished by Queen Korra and given fish gutting duty. This earned Namor the ire of his cousing Beemer a headstrong member of the Tri-Team who did not believe Namor deserved his position of power. Namor returned to the surface later that day and reunited with Sandy Pierce. The two reconnected and she eventually learned of Namor's heritage and invited him to a Memorial Day mixer, an invitation that Namor accepted.
Returning to the surface with Bobo. Part of the local high society, Sandy's parents and acquaintances were quick to judge Namor. At the dance, one of the local boys tried to start a fight with Namor, who easily broke his wrist before he and Sandy left. Namor explained to her his heritage shortly after and the two began a romantic relationship. Later, Namor introduced Bobo to Sandy's friend Liz and the two began a relationship as well. Namor then took Sandy to Atlantis and introduced her to his grandmother, there she also learned that the Atlanteans were having a problem with oil leaking up from the ground into their home. When Sandy returned home, her father noticed the oil and began putting their entire financial future in finding the well. Not wishing to spoil Namor's home, Sandy was reluctant to tell her father of the situation. Unaware of this, Namor then invited Sandy to his cousin Namorita's birthday with Liz. After meeting Namor's entire family, Sandy was then brought back home when Liz proved unable to handle the underwater environment. When Namor asks to meet Sandy's parents, she is hesitant to do so due to her snobbish mother, and fear of Namor finding out about his fathers plans to drill for oil near Atlantis.
Finally meeting her parents, Namor soon learns that their on the brink of financial ruin when some workers on the rig come to complain about not getting paid. Namor stops them from fighting and learns about their need of the oil. As the oil is a problem to the Atlanteans, Namor offers to help Henry in making a deal with the people of Atlantis to dig for the oil, seeing it as a way of helping Sandy and her family. Returning to Atlantis, Namor then helped convince his grandfather to allow the drilling in Atlantis.
Namor then arranged for Henry Pierce to visit the Atlantean royal family and make a deal to drill for the oil, assuring them that it would cure the leak problem, although he neglected to tell them that the operation would take months. While everyone sees the deal as a good development, Sandy confides in Namor her fears that his people would be exploited and their culture ruined by an industry that is concerned only with making more money.
Tensions between Namor and Sandy started to crop up when Henry, taking a liking to Namor, introduces him to all of his business friends leading to Namor ignoring Sally, earning her ire. When the oil leaks began getting worse, Beemer attempted to appeal to the king to tear down the oil rig, but Namor managed to convince diplomacy and ventured to the surface to discuss the situation with Henry. Henry agreed to have his engineers look into the problem and begin working on a good faith project to help his people. When Namor and Harry ask Sandy to go to bed while they discuss business, she becomes angry at Namor. With the oil leak patched with concrete and Namor begins work on a new motorized fishing net for his people further alienates Sandy. Noticing this, Namor's aunt Zarina orders Beemer to take advantage of it to discredit Namor more in the eyes of the people. Sally plays into Beemer's hands using him to make Namor jealous. However, Bobo manages to convince Namor to talk to Sally instead and the pair reconcile. Sending Henry and Sandy home on their own, Namor leaves them open for an attack from Beemer. Beemer then wounded Henry, leaving him for the sharks while taking Sandy to the oil rig. Henry made his way back to Atlantis where he tells the Atlantean royal family that Sandy had been kidnapped. With emotions heated, Henry called the Atlanteans "savages", souring relations. However, Thakorr sent out a searching party to locate Sandy. Namor and Bobo found Beemer and Sandy at the oil rig where Beemer was either hoping Namor would destroy the rig, or cause it to continue drilling and kill Sandy who was under the drill. When Namor accidentally gave the Tri-Team the signal to start the drill he and Bobo managed to save Sally before she could get crushed. Furious Namor rushed at his cousin ready to kill him.
At that time the search party arrived to break up the fight, ending with Bobo being injured as well. Zarina used the fight to further shake the peoples faith in Namor's plans. But when Bobo refuses to help his mother he is disowned by her. When Namor is released after his temper simmered down, the two of them went to the surface to reunite Bobo with Liz -- whose family forbade her to see him due to his lack of wealth -- only to learn from Sandy that Liz had become pregnant with Bobo's child and her family had sent her away. With Namor away, Beemer was able to convince his Tri Team to attack the rig, destroying it and causing the oil to come gushing out into the water. Returning to Atlantis, Namor found his people on the brink of revolt, blaming the royal family for brining the surface peoples dirty technology to their land. With oil threatening to poison them all, Namor and the others learn that it was Beemer who destroyed the rig and Thakorr ordered his people to abandon Atlantis. Namor then told Sandy that he had could not leave his people to be with her and joined his people on their pilgrimage back to the South Pacific. Sally, learning that her father intended to build a new oil rig, abandoned her life to be with Namor. However, Sandy soon disappeared shortly after this and her fate is unknown.
Back in the South Pacific, Namor had his first clash against the Nazis while enjoy some time to fly. Attacked by a Nazi fighter plane who was sent to bomb the area, Namor -- confusing the plane with a bird -- destroyed the ship, however the resulting blast knocked him out. Reviving back in Atlantis, his mother explained what the plane was and that they had salvaged its wing so that they could keep it as a trophy of Namor's first triumphant battle. Shortly after Namor's stumbled upon the home of the Ice King who claimed to be Namor's friend. Going back to Atlantis none believed the young boys tale of the Ice King. Later when a sudden massive migration of the local walrus and seal herds threatened the starvation of Atlantis, Namor and the Ice King created ice bergs to pen the animals in. When Namor attempted to convince his people that he was helped by the Ice King they one more scoffed at him. Returning to the Ice King's home, the King refused to reveal himself to the Atlantean people, claiming that he could only show himself to one mortal every ten years, and only during a time of crisis. Returning back to Atlantis, Namor witnessed the Ice King's cavern suddenly collapse, leaving him unsure if even he himself had really experienced the entire episode.
World War II
With the Nazi's rise to power, Atlantean spies report the information back to King Thakorr who alerts Namor of a missile testing site hidden on an island in the Pacific. Going there, Namor attempts to destroy the base but is captured and placed in a dehumidifying chamber to die. Captured aviator Jenny Keaton helps free Namor who then summons a massive Kraken squid to attack the island destroying the missiles.
After confirming the existence of the Sub-Mariner, the Nazis then began searching for members of the Atlantean race to capture and experiment on. Namor came across such a Nazi harvesting boat in the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. Furious at the wholesale slaughter of his people the Sub-Mariner then destroyed the boat and killed all men on board.
Shortly after this, a pair of divers intrude on Namor while he explores a derelict ship, prompting Namor to slay them. Seeing that the human race is once more encroaching on their domain, Emperor Thakorr and Princess Fen send Namor and his cousin Lady Dorma to attack the surface dwellers in an act of war. Attacking a nearby lighthouse, Namor then stole a plane and piloted it on a course for New York City, ordering Lady Dorma to return to Atlantis.
Arriving in New York, Namor's mission became distracted. Upon swimming into the harbor, Namor got stuck in a sewage pipe and then trashed a nearby power plant. Chased by the authorities, Namor managed to seek refuge in Central Park Lake, and disguised himself in a homeless man's clothing. On 5th Avenue, he attempted to get the audience of a wealthy woman who in a panic to get away from Namor, accidentally lit herself on fire with her own cigarette. Following the girl as she was being taken to the hospital, Namor stopped the ambulance and captured the girl and attempted to bring her back with him to Atlantis. Clashing with the authorities along the harbor, Namor was forced to kill a police officer and then flee back into the ocean empty handed.
Noticing that Namor was interested in a woman, the police send officer Betty Dean to lead Namor into a trap by pretending to be in peril in the harbor. Sure enough, Namor came to her rescue and when she attempts to arrest her he pulls her out to sea. There they witness a Nazi U-Boat attacking an American ship. Betty convinces Namor to help the American vessel, and tricks the sub into travelling into a mine field. Spotting a second U-Boat, Namor incapacitates it and turns it over to the British navy. Returning to Betty, she tells Namor to help fight their mutual enemy, the Nazis, and Namor decides to take it into consideration.
Deciding to take up Betty's plea, Namor returns to Atlantis where he convinces the emperor to lend the Atlantean army's might to exterminating the Nazis. He soon leads a battalion of Atlantean Aero-Subs to defend Allied supply planes from attack, and assists in cargo and passenger ships to get to Norway safely. Next he comes to the aid of an American supply ship that has been captured by the Nazis. The experience convinces Namor that he should help the human race and with Lord Thakorr's approval, Namor returns to New York City. There he is arrested for his past crimes. Allowing himself to go through the legal system, Namor has the aid of Betty Dean, who appeals the courts on Namor's behalf. When mobster Mills Gilligan began a series of daring robberies by flooding tunnels, Namor was released to help capture him as a show of good intentions. After preventing crooks from sprining Gilligan, Namor is commended for a job well done, but the public has demands justice be done for Namor's previous murder of a police officer. Namor agrees to be incarcerated until his day in court. Unknown to him the authorities did not fully trust him and began drugging his food to prevent an escape. Despite continued appeal from Betty Dean, Namor is found guilty and sentenced to death. Unable to escape due to his drugging, Namor is put on the electric chair. Instead of killing him, the electrical jolt revitalizes Namor who then broke free and escaped into the ocean vowing to renew his aggression toward the surface world.
Once more getting permission from Emperor Thakorr, Namor returns to New York City to attack it once more as the first part of his conquest of the surface world. Taking the Statue of Liberty as his hideout. Demanding that the mayor of the city resign, the mayors refusal leads to Namor going on a path of destruction across the city. After wrecking the Empire State Building, Namor was warned by Betty Dean that if he did not cease his hostilities, the authorities were going to send the Human Torch against him. Balking at this, Namor continued his path of destruction and the began his first clash with the Human Torch. Their fight taking them across the city wrecking Coney Island, the Hudson Tunnel, the Brooklyn Zoo, and lastly the Brooklyn Bridge. Namor, out matched then dove into the water vowing to get revenge. Renewing his hostilities toward the Torch, Namor almost traps the Torch underwater, but the flaming hero escapes. Namor then forced his way into a local TV station and demanded that the Human Torch case attacking him. The Torch catches up and they continue their battle across the city, but the Sub-Mariner weakens himself by diving into a reservoir of chlorinated water. Although blasted out of the water by the military, Namor manages to escape once more. Tracking the Human Torch to the Tropey Chemical plant, the Sub-Mariner then managed to trap the hero in an air tight cylinder, ending their fight in a stalemate as Namor had to hold the cylinder down in order to keep the Human Torch contained. However, Betty managed to convince both Namor and the Torch to stand down and part company if Namor promised to cease his hostilities.
Namor complied and returned to Atlantis, which soon came under attack by Americans Luther Robinson and Lynne Harris who chartered an army to attack Namor's home in retaliation for his attacks on New York City. During the course of the battle, Namor managed to capture Lynn, but Luther saved her by blowing up Namor's escape ship and pulling her out of the freezing water. Eventually, the Atlantean army managed to destroy the Americans army and capture Luther and a colleague. Namor attempted to slay them, but Thakorr ordered him to stand down. Namor and Dorma then decided to teach the Americans a lesson by sinking their vessel and leaving all hands to drown except for Lynne whom they took captive as well. However, this was all a plan by Namor to encourage Luther to break out of his cell and escape with Lynne before they could be tortured by Thakorr. By this time Princess Fen had decided that Lynne would make an ideal mate for her son, and ordered Namor to bring her back to Atlantis. Namor found both Luther and Lynne after they were recovered by a Nazi U-Boat. Namor then captured Lynne and brought her back to Atlantis where she was forced into surgery to make her an amphibian. As the procedure was completed, Luther burst in and rescued Lynne and they both escaped Atlantis once more. Giving up on Lynne for the time being, Namor was convinced by Lady Dorma to once more focus on the war. The pair journeyed to a French island where they assisted the military there fight off a German attack force. Then relocating to Florida, Namor discovered a secret Nazi U-Boat base and destroyed it before it could be used to launch an attack on the United States.
In September of 1940 Namor returned to New York City and located another U-Boat in her harbor. Stopping it from firing a torpedo at a merchant ship, Namor decided to spare the vessel. Scolded by Betty Dean, Namor then told her that he was not sure if he wanted to participate the World War. Swimming up river, Namor then went to a German bar and meet with its owner a Nazi spy named Ursula who convinced Namor to join the Nazi cause. Listening to her racist triad against "lesser races" he agreed to accompany her back to the Nazi U-Boat to destroy the merchant vessel that got away earlier. Namor then confirmed that the U-Boat crew all shared the "master race" ideal of Hitler's Third Reich. This confirmed for Namor that the Nazis needed to be stopped and he then destroyed their vessel, leaving Ursula and the entire crew to drown. Returning to New York, Namor then told Betty about his re-commitment to fighting against the Nazis.
Investigating Fifth Columnist activity in New York Harbor, Namor was initially blamed for the sinking of American ships, but proves it is the work of a Nazi U-Boat hiding in the harbor and destroys it with the help of his Atlantean army. Returning to the ocean, Namor then found a gold bar with a message burned into it by the Torch. Returning to New York to find his one time foe, Betty informed him that the Torch was off on a mission stopping spies overseas. Investigating the New York harbor front, Namor then discovered a German ship and attempted to investigate it by posing as a German sailor. The Nazis on board saw through his disguise, jumped him and then tossed him into the ocean. Returning to shore, Namor was then greeted by the Human Torch and his new partner Toro who warn him of Nazi invasions in Europe. Rushing back to Atlantis, Namor got permission from Thakorr to lead an army of Atlantean Aero-Subs on the counter attack. After succeeding on his mission, Namor returned home only to be called back to Washington D.C. There the military asked Namor to assist in destroying Nazi fleets in the Atlantic. Succeeding in his mission Namor was hailed as a hero.
Becoming enraged once more at the United States for what he viewed as continued aggression against his people, Namor then kidnapped US President Franklin Roosevelt, kidnapping him from the White House while giving a press conference with Captain America and Bucky. While being pursued by Captain America, Namor came to know Roosevelt and begin to consider him the lesser of the evils that the surface dwellers carried on. After a clash with Captain America, Namor then vowed to cease aggression toward the Untied States. However this declaration, like so many others Namor would make in the future would prove to be as short lived as his temper.
Returning to New York City, the Sub-Mariner then tracked down Lynne Harris, and as per his mothers wishes forced both Lynne and Luther Robinson to return to Atlantis with him. There, Luther was forced to undergo the same surgery as Lynne to be able to breath underwater. As Lynne was being groomed to be Namor's bride, Luther was forced to work on developing new technologies. When the pair attempted to escape, Namor dragged them back to Atlantis where they agreed to stay. Not liking how the war was progressing, Namor then brought Luther and Lynne with him to Nazi occupied France to assist in the resistance movement there. There they learned the Nazis were digging a tunnel into England under the Channel and destroyed it. Learning of a similar plot involving the Imperial Japanese Army digging into the Untied States, Namor rushed off to prevent it from happening. Seeking the aid of the Human Torch to stop the Japanese invasion, Namor had to briefly fight the flaming hero. Forming an uneasy alliance, the pair then located the Japanese tunnel along the Bering Straight and destroyed it. Following the destruction of the Japanese tunnel, Namor recovered Luther and Lynne from France, destroying a Nazi base in the process. Returning to Atlantis, Namor then refused a request from Luther and Lynne to be allowed to visit the United States. This prompted Luther to send out a distress signal for rescue. The signal reached Betty Dean who gathered her Legion of Loyalists to attack Atlantis and rescue the pair. Going after Betty, Luther and Lynne in his mechanical "Trojan Albatross", Namor caught up to the trio was they were being attacked by Nazi forces. Saving them from the Nazis, Namor then decided to focus his attentions on the Nazis once more allowing Luther and the others to assist him in building more Aero-Subs and launching attacks on Nazi U-Boats in the area. After the missions success, Namor allowed his prisoners to leave.
In the Spring of that year, Namor returned to New York at the insistence of Betty Dean and the private eye known as the Ferrit. Working with the Human Torch and Toro the Sub-Mariner began investigating the disappearance of scientist Professor Philo Zog and his robot Electro. With the added assistance of the Angel, they learned that Zog was being forced by Doctor Manyac to use his robotics technology to build an army of robotic Green Flames for the Nazis, including a massive robot as part of Operation: Blockbuster. The combined heroes freed Zog and his creation while destroying Manyac's army of Green Flames and foiling the Nazis plot.
Namor's constant interference in Nazi activities prompted Adolf Hitler to demand an attack on Atlantis. U-Boats attacked the kingdom, seriously injuring Thakorr in the process. Fen then petitioned the people of Atlantis to accept Namor as their emperor until Thakor recovered. Despite protests from Byrrah, the people unanimously accepted. Learning that Merro provided information to the Nazis, Namor's first act as emperor was to see him exiled. Namor, in his new position as ruler of Atlantis then led a counter attack destroying the Nazi fleet. Soon after this attack the people of Atlantis all began succumbing to a sudden epidemic. When Atlantean doctors determined that Radium was the only known cure, Namor swam to New York to procure some. There he learned from Betty Dean that a recent supply was stolen by Nazi spies. Namor then tracked them down and took the Radium, taking it back to his people and curing them of the mystery illness. Returning the remaining Radium to New York, Namor was then asked by Betty Dean to face ruthless boxer Killer Casey in the ring after beat her neighbor Danny Dougherty in the ring. Fighting Casey at Madison Square Garden, Namor easily bested him despite interference from Casey's manager. Namor then gave the reward money to the Dougherty family.
Following his recent experiences Namor then became more helpful to the surface dwellers that he had grown to despise, such as when an ice storm prevented doctors from shipping a supply of flu vaccinations to Alaska, Namor assisted in making the delivery. Taking a trip to Lake Ontario, Namor next stopped a group of escaped Nazi prisoners of war from smuggling themselves into the United States from Canada, then he began investigating mine accidents in Pennsylvania, convincing a bitter workers union to go back on the job. While travelling along the Virginia coast, Namor next uncovered a Nazi operation constructing boats within the United States. Reuniting with the Angel, Namor visited him in Bermuda where the pair stopped an army of Nazombies a group of Nazi soldiers posing as Zombies to frighten the locals.
Returning to New York, Namor assisted Betty Dean in investigating a series of plane crashes exposing a Nazi operation that utilized a giant magnet to cause the crashes. Called to England by British Intelligence, Namor investigated claims that Nazi planes were being hidden in Ireland. What Namor found was something more fantastic: A hidden undersea society calling themselves the Druids of Black Moors who the Nazis had convinced into helping their cause. However the Druids soon found that their Nazi allies were taxing their society and joined Namor in throwing them out. With the Druids seeking to relocate the kingdom, Namor agreed to keep its location a secret. Next going into the Atlantic to investigate an apparent Nazi "ghost fleet" that had been sinking Allied ships, Namor discovered that the ships were actually projected on canvas rigged on U-Boats and destroyed the fleet before they could sink anymore ships.
Becoming sick of the constant war on the surface when a clash between Allied and Axis forces led to damage done to Atlantis, Namor called a meeting with all other undersea races. He was convinced by a woman named Rathia to wage war against the surface world. Having delusions of conquest, Namor then waged war and caused massive floodings in Russia, Germany and the United States. This led to a clash with the Human Torch once more. One account states that the Human Torch convinced Namor to cease his hostilities and removed Rathia from command. However, this account would prove false, as other sources indicate that the battle ended after Namor had flooded New York City. As local American heroes helped save the innocent civilians imperiled by the flood, the Sub-Mariner was defeated by the combined efforts of Captain America and the Human Torch, and Namor was subsequently turned over to the military authorities. Taken to Washington D.C., Namor refused to talk and is incarcerated for months until Captain America, Bucky and the Angel managed to capture a rogue Atlantean soldier under the command of Atlantean exile Merro the U-Man. Furious at this, Namor learned of their alliance with Axis forces and joint invasions on the United States planned for later that year. Agreeing to cooperate in stopping these invasions, Namor was then released by the American authorities.
Over the months before the planned invasion, Namor continued to hunt for Axis forces in the Untied States. He smashed a Nazi operation in Utah, using the opportunity to build a Battle Buggy, prevented the mad Professor Dorn from creating a race of "Sub-Mariners". Returning to Atlantis after his long absence Namor is arrested and locked up. Freed by Lady Dorma, Namor learned that in his absence the throne was taken by his uncle Daka who then formed an alliance with the Nazis and the Seal People. With the assistance of rebels loyal to him, Namor ousted Daka and foiled his plans, retaking his throne. Called to Florida by Betty, Lynne and Luther, Namor investigates sightings of tiny people in the area. Namor discovers that the Nazis have made an alliance with the Lavorites tiny aliens claiming to be from Venus and their human size ruler Queen Jarna. Namor then fought the Nazis and forced Jarna to order her minions back to Venus. However, Namor soon finds that Jarna had not left with her people and forces her to reveal a hidden Nazi U-Boat base and destroy it. Namor then comes to the aid of an island hospital that was haunted by the so-called Gleaming Ghost, exposing him to be a doctor trying to purchase the hospital cheaply by scaring away all the patients. Returning to the United States to watch the execution of a criminal named Dacio whom he helped to capture. However, Dacio's brain was implanted in a new and massive artificial body created by Dr. Corbin and terrorized the area as the "Horror that Walked", Namor clashed with Dacio, destroying his no horrific form.
Yachting in Hawaii, Namor uncovered a Nazi plot orchestrated by Anthony Coswell who used his sugar plant to create bombs to destroy British vessels. Later, Namor came to the aid of salvager Lance Johnson, protecting him and his daughter from his mutinous crew led by a man named Daglio. By this time Betty Dean had taken up a job as a reporter and when the Navy began transporting a rare supply of Radium-X from Africa for study, she asked Namor to accompany her. The vessel was attacked by Nazis. While Namor was busy destroying a Nazi U-Boat, Nazi agent the Teutonic Knight boarded the ship and stole the supply of Radium-X. Unable to do anything due to Betty's life being at risk, Namor held back and when he attempted to capture their escaping plane, was doused in a smoke that dried up his skin forcing him to fall back. Later, Namor investigated sightings of Nazi U-Boats along Montuak Point off Long Island. There he exposed a hidden U-Boat base hidden on the island home of psychologist Felix Sak, slaying the Nazi spy and assisting the American Navy in destroying the island.
On December 7th, 1941 the Sub-Mariner joined Captain America and Bucky in fending off an invasion of the Eastern United States by rogue Atlantean soldiers under the command of U-Man while the Human Torch and Toro attempted to stop an Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Namor, Captain America and Bucky were able to covertly stop the invasion but U-Man managed to get away. Following the much publicized attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States officially entered World War II.
With British Prime Minister Winston Churchill coming to the United States to address Congress, the Sub-Mariner was asked to defend Churchill's ship from any attacks. As the ship reached American shores it was attacked by Nazi agent Master Man who had been empowered by a variant on the Super-Soldier Serum that created Captain America. Aided by Captain America, Bucky, the Human Torch and Toro, the Sub-Mariner protected Churchill and they were able to defeat Master Man when the formula that gave him his powers wore off leading to the villains easy defeat. Impressed by the assembled heroes work together, Churchill suggested that they band together as a team, suggesting the names the Invaders. Shortly after this successful mission, President Roosevelt officially sanctioned the Invaders with the United States government.
Learning that Master Man's empowerment was done with the assistance of a Nazi agent known as Brain Drain, Namor and the Invaders relocated to England. After assisting in fighting off a Nazi air raid, they recovered a strange woman named Hilda who was in possession of a strange ring and had vague memories of Brain Drain and a location in Germany. Following her lead, Namor and the others clashed with three super-powered men named Donar, Froh and Loga who believed themselves to be the Teutonic Gods. While Namor and the others battled them, Captain America and Hilda learned that they were actually members of an alien race known as the Tekeli-Li race who were being manipulated by Brain Drain. The aliens then sacrificed their lives to destroy Brain Drain's base and prevent his use of their technology for the Nazi's gains. Namor and the others fled as Brain Drain's base exploded in a massive nuclear blast.
At the beginning of 1942, Namor and the Invaders returned to the United States. Along the way they intercepted a Nazi U-Boat and took a coded message. Returning it to military intelligence, they learned of another attack planned on Winston Churchill, this time sending U-Man on the mission. Furious at the betrayers siding with Axis forces, Namor rushed off to face Merro alone. Opposed by the Invaders who try to convince Namor to attack him as a team, Namor is assisted in escaping by Captain America's sidekick Bucky who is sympathetic to Namor's situation. With Betty Dean on board covering the story for her newspaper, Namor is only able to stop U-Man when the other Invaders come to help him. Although he saves Churchill and Betty from destruction, U-Man manages to evade capture once again. When the Human Torch and Toro went missing on a mission in the Swiss Alps, the Sub-Mariner joined Captain America and Bucky in investigating their disappearance. They were soon captured by mad scientist Basil Frankenstein (descendant of Victor Frankenstein the creator of the Frankenstein's Monster) who sought to utilize the heroes super-human abilities to create an army of monsters for the Nazis. Namor and his companions broke free and fought back leading to the death of Frankenstein his monster created for the Nazis.
Returning to the Untied States, Namor endured participation in a war bond parade. However, the festivities were interrupted by the Red Skull who took the Sub-Mariner, Human Torch, Toro and Captain America prisoner, leaving only Bucky (whom the Skull contemptuously deemed as no threat) alone. Using brainwashing techniques, the Skull then made Namor and his allies into loyal slaves and sent them to attack an American munitions plant. In response, Bucky formed a group of American superheroes into a new team called the Liberty Legion to counter his brainwashed friends. Furious of this new teams formation, the Red Skull then sent each of the brainwashed Invaders to destroy various American monuments. Namor was sent to destroy the Status of Liberty, but he was opposed by Jack Frost and Blue Diamond and forced to retreat. The Red Skull then sent the enslaved Invaders to attack Yankee Stadium where they were once more opposed by the Liberty Legion. During the fight, Toro was freed from the mind control and was able to destroy the Red Skull's ship carrying the mind control equipment. With the ships destruction Namor and the other heroes were freed from the Red Skull's control.
Returning with the Invaders to England, the Sub-Mariner assisted in fighting off another Nazi air raid in London. Later he and his teammates were called to the Falsworth estate, and were attacked by Vampire Nazi Baron Blood. Arriving at the mansion, Namor met the Falsworths Jacqueline, Lord Montgomery (formally the World War I hero the Union Jack) and John (whom unknown to them was secretly Baron Blood). With Union Jack coming out of retirement to assist them, Namor and the other Invaders searched for Baron Blood, and after another clash once more failed to stop him. Eventually chasing Baron Blood (who had been feeding on and captured Jacqueline) Namor and the others trapped him in a cave and sent him impaled on a stalagmite killing him. With Jacqueline and Union Jack requiring immediate medical attention, Namor join the other Invaders in taking them to a war hospital. At the hospital, the Sub-Mariner assisted his fellow invaders in battling Blue Bullet while the Human Torch gave Jacqueline a life saving blood transfusion that endowed her with super-speed. She would join the group as Spitfire. The group next traveled to the ghettos of Warsaw to rescue Jewish scholar Jacob Goldstein, however he refused to abandon his research into Jewish folklore. Namor and the others were soon captured by Nazi forces. Prisoners of the Face, Namor and the others were rescued by Jacbo who used his knowledge to transform himself into the human embodiment of the Golem. Returning to England, Namor and the others found that a group of British super-heroes called the Crusaders had formed in their absence. The group ended up overshadowing the Invaders and taking their place as security for the King of England during a ship christening ceremony. However, the Invaders soon learned that the Crusaders were formed by a Nazi spy who was attempting to assassinate the King, and the two groups worked together to stop the attempt.
When the Invaders were given a new headquarters within Big Ben, it's three senior members were given a mission to capture three Nazi operatives: Agent Axis, the Hyena, and the Shark. Namor went after the Shark, and was easily knocked out. As a trophy for his defeat of Namor, the Shark stole Namor's swim trunks and replaced them with a pair fashioned after ones featured in Sub-Mariner comics published by Timely Comics. Before the Shark could eliminate the Sub-Mariner, the hero was then teleported to Nazi occupied France along with Captain America and the Human Torch. They were being used as a pawn in a challenge between the cosmic powered Grandmaster and time traveling warlord Kang the Conquerer. They were pitted against members of the future Avengers, Yellowjacket, Black Panther and the Vision. The Avengers easily defeated the Invaders in battle. As the Avengers explained the situation, they were returned to their own time, and the Sub-Mariner and the other Invaders were transported by the Grandmaster to the location of their three foes. There Namor recovered his trunks and helped Cap and the Torch capture the three Nazi operatives. The memories of his battle with the future Avengers soon faded from his memory.
With reports of the Red Skull and Baron Strucker along the German countryside, Namor accompanied Captain America and Bucky to investigate their claims. There, Namor was horrified to find that members of the Thule Society, under the Red Skull's orders, sacrificed some of Namor's people to summon some sort of mystical artifact. Seeking to avenge his murdered people, Namor accompanied Captain America and Bucky to Antarctica where they fought a massive creature summoned by the mystical ceremony. While the heroes were busy, the Red Skull had the society conceal what they had summoned: The Hammer of Skadi and left the scene. Killing the creature, the heroes departed unaware of what the Skull's plan. The Hammer would soon plague Namors allies decades later.
Namor then took a brief time apart from the Invaders. In Alaska he stopped illegal fur trader the Fox, exposes modern day pirate Falkon and helping Betty's sister Baby break free from the crook, and stops insane millionaire Stefan Natas. Returning to Atlantis, he is encouraged by his mother to assist the Free French rebellion in freeing Nazi occupied France. Gathering an army of Atlantean troops, Namor assists the resistance in consolidating weapons and becoming a more organized movement. Sending them to fight their Nazi occupiers, Namor left them to finish what he started. Namor then developed a new submarine the SM-1 and used it to battle Japanese forces off the Australian coast, claiming a victory for the Allied forces even though his sub was destroyed. Namor then comes to the aid of American spy Gi-Gi Devin and helps her escaped Manila Bay to bring an important message to American General MacArthur. Soon after, Betty's brothers went missing following the Allies defeat at Wake Island. Going there to investigate, Namor found that they, and other soldiers, were imprisoned in a secret base hidden below the islands ruins. Namor helped free the Dean brothers from Colonel Yama. Namor then led an army of Atlantean forces to assist the American navy in driving the Japanese out of Guam.
Returning to the Invaders in England, Namor joined them in investigating the kidnapping of Private Biljo White -- creator of the "Major Victory" comic book, whose title hero has an origin similar to Captain America -- by Nazi forces. Tracking the private to Hitler's stronghold in Germany, Namor and the others were defeated in combat by a revitalized Master Man. Attempting to escape, the group was trounced by the combined might of Master Man and the newly empowered Warrior Woman. With Captain America believed dead, Hitler ordered the reset of the Invaders to be taken to Berlin where they would be executed following the marriage of Master Man and Warrior Woman. When Captain America, the Destroyer, Dyna-Mite and Spitfire attempted to rescue the captured heroes, Cap and Spitfire were captured leaving the Destroyer (taking on his fathers identity of Union Jack) to come to their rescue. The group were freed, and Namor assisted in the battle against Master Man and Warrior Woman, the group then managed to escape in a Nazi bomber but were forced to splash dive in the Channel. With Toro seriously wounded in the battle, Namor joins the Invaders back to England, along the way the Torch told Namor and the others Toro's origins.
With Toro sent to the Untied States for medical treatment, the Sub-Mariner joined in the Invaders in attempting to stop the Nazis from pushing into Egypt. There, he and the Human Torch assisted Professor Abdul Faoul in recovering a ruby idol from one of the pyramids. This was trick to empower Faoul, who as the Scarlet Scarab easily defeated the two heroes and joined forces with the Nazis to drive the British out of Egypt. Regrouping with his fellow Invaders, Namor helped push the Nazis back with the aid of the Scarlet Scarab who realized the Nazis were only interested in occupying Egypt. After a brief return to England, Namor joined Captain America and the Torch in going to California to check on Toro's progress. Learning that Bucky and Toro were captured by Agent Axis while trying to obtain the medical aid of Dr. Hijiri Sabuki the heroes tracked Agent Axis to his lair. There with the aid of Bucky, Toro, and the newly empowered Golden Girl and Human Top, they captured Agent Axis. The youthful heroes banded together as the Kid Commandos and the Sub-Mariner -- posing as Agent Axis -- had the team capture him in order to prove that the Japanese born Golden Girl was not a threat to national security.
Returning to the England with the Invaders, the Sub-Mariner assisted the group in clashing with the Teutonic Knight and his Flying Arsenal. After destroying the Knight's ship, they next stopped yet another attempt to assassinate Winston Churchill, this time carried out by Baron Strucker. Namor then accompanied the Invaders in delivering tanks to Josef Stalin for use on the Russian front. Along the way they were attacked by the Asgardian thunder god Thor who was pulled forward in time by Hitler and a time traveling Dr. Doom to assassinate Stalin. Namor and the Invaders helped stop Thor from assassinating Stalin and convincing him that he was being fooled by the Nazis. Convinced, Thor returned to his own time. Back in England, Namor and the Invaders help expose Master Man masquerading as the Destroyer. Returning to the United States with Captain America and the Human Torch, Namor assisted the Liberty Legion in saving Professor Schneider from armored Nazi operative Iron Cross. After saving the Liberty Legion from a sinking submarine, Sub-Mariner disabled Iron Cross' armor sending him crashing into the ocean.
Taking a break from the Invaders, Namor then prevented an attack on Washington D.C. by Commander von Grubb a former Nazi and his massive Octo-Sub. When the Nazis attempted to break out the Python out of prison, Namor then teamed up with the Human Torch and Toro to stop him. They failed to prevent the break out, and later when the Python managed to transform the Human Torch into a massive fire creature under his control, Namor and Toro then sought the aid of the Torch's creator Phineas Horton to restore the Torch to normal. After fighting back a Nazi invasion of New York, the heroes restored the Human Torch back to normal and the Sub-Mariner choked the Python to death, ending his threat forever.
Rejoining the Invaders, Namor assists the group in stopping a Nazi sabotage attempt before being dispatched to San Diego to investigate spy activity there. There they find U-Man attacking the Kid Commandos to capture Golden Girl for his employer, a Japanese spy named Lady Lotus. Battling U-Man, Namor and the others were unable to prevent him from escaping with Golden Girl. However the Invaders and Kid Commandos worked together and helped rescue Golden Girl, although U-Man and Lady Lotus managed to escape. Soon, Namor assisted his fellow Invaders in defending Idelwilde Airfield by the recently resurrected Baron Blood, another agent of Lady Lotus. Namor also assisted the Invaders in battling Lady Lotus' team Super-Axis, which consisted of U-Man, Master Man, Warrior Woman, herself and Baron Blood.
On June 19th, 1942 Namor joined the Invaders to protect a meeting between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, clashing with a pair of Nazi agents who used a size changing pill to grow in height. On June 22nd, Namor and his fellow Invaders clashed with members of Battle-Axis a team of failed American super-heroes who joined the Nazi cause. Tracking the group to California, the group went to stop them from capturing Dr. John Gold (creator of the Blue Bullet armor). Searching for Gold at his home, Namor and the Human Torch battled with Dr. Death and the Golem. Both heroes were knocked out and the Torch was taken prisoner. Left to die in the burning house, Namor was rescued by the Blazing Skull who joined the Invaders on their mission. Tracking down Battle-Axis' headquarters, the Invaders attempted to stop them from using a device to cause a massive earthquake to decimate the west coast. Their initial strike was thwarted when they were all knocked out by the Vision. Eventually breaking free, the Invaders took down Battle-Axis, and helped the Vision return to his home dimension. Namor next joined a group of heroes in Europe to attack a Nazi stronghold in Germany. Then rejoining the Invaders, he helped defend the Brooklyn shipyards, mistaking the arrival of the briefly time displaced Thor Corps as an attack.
After helping defend an British shipyard from Nazi attack, Namor was disturbed to find an Atlantean ship used to escape after it captured the Human Torch. Finding his home invaded by the Nazis, Namor brought Captain America with him and learned that the Nazis were there willingly, invited by his mother Fen who was offered protection from American attacks. Before Namor could dispute this, the Torch -- secretly reprogrammed and having his powers boosted by the Nazis -- attacked Atlantis and was "driven off" by the Nazis. Taken to his mother, Namor bowed to her wishes until Captain America broke free and revealed that Fen secretly was ashamed of her son and that the Nazis were using Atlantis as a location to conduct horrific experiments and manipulate the Torch. The Torch soon attacked, proving to Fen that the Nazis had lied to her. The battle was soon ended but before they could destroy the Nazi made Human Torch duplicates called the Firebrand Squadron the androids were unleashed on American ships approaching Atlantis. Namor assisted Captain America and the Human Torch in luring the Firebrand Squadron into a single ship which the military then blasted into the water and was blown up by the Torch. With the destruction of the Firebrand Squad, Namor returned to his home to find the Nazis had been rounded up and captured by the Atlantean army. Before Fen could have them executed, Namor stood up to his mother and ordered his people to turn the Germans over to the American military as prisoners of war.
In October of 1942 Namor assisted the Invaders in the extraction of boy genius Zhang Chin from Shanghai, China. When the boy expressed his interest in Atlantean technology and the Human Torch's android physiology, Namor warned Zhang of the irresponsibility of unrestricted scientific exploration.
On his own again, Namor returned to Canada where he exposed sawmill owner Slug Gundy of hoarding TNT to sell to the Nazis. In the pacific, he foils a Japanese plot by Captain Nitsu and Admiral Nippo to force Americans to waste ammunition by placing phony submarine para-scopes in the ocean. Traveling over to the Atlantic ocean, Namor is captured by a gold hoarding hermit but helps him defend his island from Nazis seeking to claim the bountiful gold supply.
In Africa, Namor helps American forces battle Nazi forces led by Von Ratter and Von Rommel, on the Atlantic coast he exposes a Nazi plot to smuggle explosives and documents in the shark corpses, exposes Japanese spy Gojo in Los Angelis and foils a Pacific invasion of California, and accompanies Betty Dean to the will reading of the recently deceased prankster Reuben Hartnett, exposing his lawyer Mr. Smythe of perpetuating a haunting hoax to get the inheritance all to himself. In New York, Namor exposes the Von Goach Company as a Nazi front purposely loading cargo ships for maximum shifting in order to sink the vessels, stops a mad scientist and his army of pirate zombies, and capture the murdering Rindingo Jones, and stops a Japanese plot to invade India with the aid of a local boy named Mabu and his super-strong elephants. Later, Betty Dean gets Namor's assistance to investigate sightings of giant sea creatures, ultimately destroying their creator a Nazi scientist named Professor Holz.
Returning to Atlantis, Namor is approach by Nazi Commander Kornstalk to ally himself with the Nazis. Refusing, Namor soon has his kingdom flooded with copper particles that threaten to poison all of his people. Namor agrees to work for the Nazis in order to save his people, however Princess Fen leads a revolt leading to the destruction of the device creating the copper in the water, and Fen personally slays Kornstalk before he can eliminate Namor. Namor is later taken aback when Betty Dean has apparently joined up with illegal whale poacher Captain Cutter but soon realizes that she was working under cover and helps bring Cutter and his men to justice. Returning to the Pacific, Namor locates a Japanese camp that has been stealing American supplies and forcing American troops to starve in a concentration camp, and wrecks their plan saving the soldiers.
Later, Namor begins investigating the sinking of American convoys by posing as a Nazi sailor aboard a U-Boat. However when the U-Boat is attacked by the Human Torch and Toro, the two heroes believe that Namor has turned traitor and apprehend him. Namor is later freed by Castle Deptford by British traitor the Duke of Deptford. Fleeing to the United States, Namor uses his status as a "traitor" to learn that the Nazis are learning the convoy routes thanks to televised performances by Russian ballet stars the Baron and Baroness Kidersky who were using interpretive dance transmit their messages. With the aid of the Human Torch and Toro, Namor brings the Kidersky's to justice. Returning to New York, Namor stops Von Goober's plot to stage an air raid on Coney Island, then enlists in the marines to order to root out Nazi agent the Knife and exposes Dr. Suki's plot to use a serum to turn American soldiers into his mindless slaves.
In November of 1942 Namor joined the Invaders in attacking the Russian village of Kalach where the Red Skull and Master Man were hiding out to test out a new death ray weapon. While the Skull and Master Man flee the scene, they set the weapon to explode and set the town on fire. Namor and the other Invaders were forced to save the citizens of the town from being killed in the inferno allowing their foes to escape.
In 1943, Namor joined the Invaders in leading Allied troops through Nazi occupied France, clashing with the Red Skull and Master Man.
By this time, Namor had began a relationship with a woman named Siobhan who lived in a castle along the Irish Coast. Their relationship was strained due to Namor's frequent absences. One night Namor came to her to present to her a genetically engineered Heefa fish, one of the most sacred and valuable possessions in Atlantis. However, Namor learned too late that Siobhan had found a new lover, Baron Blood. Namor attempted to fight Blood, but when Soibhan insisted that she and Baron Blood are true lovers -- showing Namor that she has allowed the vampire to feed upon her -- Namor left, vowing to get revenge on both of them for hurting him so deeply.
Returning to the United States, Namor stopped Herr Brunder from assassinating USO performers, defended Atlantis from Nazi robots piloted by Admiral von Roeder and Captain Kessler, helps American intelligence to send a communique to Free French resistance fighters, prevent Nazi spy Bull Neck from compromising the naval security on New York harbor, and destroys the undersea base of Nazi Captain Sturm. Also during this period Namor exposes a fleet of Japanese ships disguised as icebergs, foils a Nazi plot to frame the IRA for acts of sabotage, joins Betty Dean in exposing a Nazi operation hidden on a showboat, and travels to the Cretean islands and helps the British gorillas stationed there stop Colonel Brusch from attacking Turkey with stolen British fighter planes.
Returning to the United States, Namor stops Nazi spy Dr. Grant from blowing up Niagara Falls, stops the Cult of the River God in from flooding Ohio, and takes down Heinrich Himmler's top spy Von Schmeer. In Greenland, Namor exposes Von Kropp's bogus weather reports, a Nazi plot to smuggle U-Boats hiding in sailing ships, stops Professor Jerg's planting incendiary devices on supply ships leaving a South American port, and prevents German operative the Bloody Baron from stealing the crown jewels of England.
Later, Nazi agent Marshall Kronin attempted to get to Namor by kidnapping Betty Dean to force him to do the Nazis bidding, however Name manage to rescue Betty before harm could come to her. Back in the United States, Namor exposes a frame job by Nazi spy Karl Gluten, Herr Radders plan to pain Allied ships with phosphorescent paint, expose Japanese commander Yoko's plot to destroy American ships with his disguised submarine, and catches Japanese prisoner of war Dr. Suki's from assisting in bombing along the California coast. Back out on the Atlantic he stopped Captain von Lotz's attempt to knock out Allied radios, prevented Japanese agent Saber Tooth from freeing prisoners of war from a camp in Death Valley, and stopped Baron Togi's attempt to lure American ships into a trap on Papau Harbor using decoy ships. Later, Namor then destroyed the sea monsters created by Japanese scientist Nichi.
While attacking Japanese ships in the Pacific, Namor was captured and brought to Tokyo as a personal prisoner of Hideki Tojo. Namor breaks free and delivers the Japanese general a humiliating defeat. He later stops Nazi spy the Cobra from assassinating President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Josef Stalin during a joint mission at sea. Back in the States Namor exposes champion swimmer Carl Wildmer as a traitor to the Japanese, then stopped another attempt by the Japanese to use a sea monster to attack American ships, and then rescued Betty Dean while she is on a humanitarian mission in China. Back in the pacific, he destroys super-sub commanded by Admiral Footsu and exposed Admiral Krashyu's attempt to invade Australia through an underground tunnel dug from Australia.
Reuniting with the Invaders, Namor traveled into Monte Cassino to investigate the Nazi's Operation Time: Ghost. Attacked by Nazi forces Namor, along with Captain America, Bucky, the Human Torch, Toro and Private Paul Anslen were transported to the future by the Cosmic Cube. Appearing in modern day New York while the Thunderbolts were attempting to apprehend Spider-Man for biolating the Superhuman Registration Act, the Invaders believed the Thunderbolts to be Nazi agents and trounced them. They then fled the scene to make sense of their situation. Realizing that they were transported to the future, Namor and the others were confronted by Iron Man and his Mighty Avengers who came to contain them before they could learn too much about the future and alter history. Resisting capture, the Invaders were all overpowered except Namor who then fled to find allies who could help him. Seeking out Atlantis, he found his home in ruins but managed to track his people to the ruins of the Titanic. There Namor met his future self and asked for his assistance in freeing his friends. His future self remembering this encounter ordered his past self to stand down.. The younger Namor could not understand his future selfs reluctance and attempted to fight, but was easily beaten by his older self. With no allies, Namor then travelled to Washington D.C. to rescue his friends captive aboard the SHIELD helicarrier. He arrived just as a battle raged between the Invaders, the New Avengers and the Might Avengers. When Dr. Strange attempted to pull the heroes out of the battle, Namor and Captain America were captured by Iron Man's forces. Namor and CAp were then contained in a Virtual Reality simulation of World War II in order to try and erase their memories of their experience before beign returned back to their own time. However, the helicarrier was compromised by the robot Ultron who then turned off all the safety interfaces leaving them at risk of dying. As the future Captain America tried to free the others, the 1940s Captain America attacked, thinking his future self to be a robot duplicate. However, the truth was revealed and the Sub-Mariner was revived before he could come to harm. Before Dr. Strange could use the Cosmic Cube to return the heroes to their own time, Paul Anslen grabbed it and used it to go into the past to save his fellow soldiers who died in battle. This caused a time wave to sweep the future and erase it from existence. Before it come complete, Dr. Strange sent Namor, Captain America, Bucky, the Human Torch, Toro, Iron Man, Wasp, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Wolverine into the past to correct history.
Returning to 1943, Namor and the others discovered that the Cosmic Cube was now in the possession of the Red Skull who used it to take over the world. Fleeing from Nazi occupied New York, the heroes attempted to travel to Europe aboard an Atlantean sub, however they found that the Skull erected a massive "Aryan Wall" around the continent. Back tracking to Wakanda, the heroes with the aid of Black Panther, Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos smuggled themselves into Europe via a drill tank. REunited with Union Jack and Spitfire they made their way toward Germany only for the Skull to summon U-Man, Baron Blood, Master Man, Warrior Woman, Thor, and Iron Cross to oppose them. The heroes easily beat their foes, but after the Red Skull attacked felling them with the Cosmic Cube. Eventually, the Cube ended up in the hands of Paul Anslen who used the Cube to set everything right. Namor and everyone else was restored to normal and their memories of the events were erased.
Back in his own time, the Sub-Mariner continued his solo adventures. He first came to the aid of the Allied Forces, helping an American convoy make it through Nazi invested waters, then investigated an undersea earthquake revealing a secret tunnel from Singapore to Australia created by the Japanese. In the United States he was asked by Betty Dean to investigate strange tornadoes that seem to have a mind of their own, discovering a weapon created by Japanese agent Yellow Fang and destroys it. When Betty wrote a story exposing a Nazi plot to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge, Namor came to her rescue, freeing her from a Nazi U-Boat hiding in San Francisco Bay.
Traveling to the West Indies, Namor then prevented a Nazi agent known as the Zombie Master from sending his Zombies to eliminate President Roosevelt during a state visit. Returning to the States, Namor discovered Nazis led by Baron Schluss operating out of an aquarium, and defends New York Harbor from a U-Boat attack. Rejoining the Invaders, Namor helped defend Bunbrook Bomber Station in England from an attack from a Nazi Sleeper Robot. During the fight, Namor and the others were knocked out and secretly saved by Walter Destine in his monster form. Back into the seas, Namor prevented Nazi operative Black Snake and his Japanese allies from brainwashing American soldiers. He then traveled with the Invaders to Wakanda to investigate rumors that the Nazis were attempting to obtain Vibranium, clashing with Master Man and Warrior Woman. Back in the states, Namor assisted Betty Dean in exposing a group of gasoline racketeers.
Back with the Invaders, Namor assists in capturing the Nazi battleship the Deutchland and turn it over to the British authorities. Later while swimming the oceans, he spots a Nazi U-Boat and attacks it just as it receives a secret communique. Before he can question the captain about it, he kills himself with a poison. Namor finds a insignia ring for the newly form organization known as Hydra. Namor is later called in along with the Human Torch and Captain America to Washington for a meeting with the FBI. They are told by their ally the Whizzer that Baron Strucker and his Hydra organization have begun an attempt to build an atomic weapon, attempting to beat the United States effort in the creation of a similar weapon. Namor, feeling that no force on Earth should have such power agrees to take the mission to stop Strucker. After foiling a Hydra plot to steal weapons casings in Texas, they realize it is a ruse to throw them off the case. Setting up a trap along the known Plutonium shipment to the Manhattan Project, Namor and the others attempted to stop Hydra agents from kidnapping their decoy, the Whizzer, but fail. When the Whizzer signals the location of Hydra's sub -- the Dragon of Death -- Namor and the others attack the vessel causing it serious damage and forcing Strucker to set it to sink. When Captain America rushed off to capture Strucker, Namor pulled him to safety when was at risk of drowning just as the Hydra vessel exploded. Later, Namor assisted the Invaders in the invasion of Normandy.
When Namor returned to Atlantis, he found it bombed by the Nazis and found that a group of them had set up a secret base at the "Little America" Antarctic research station and foiled their plot to store a cache of weapons there. Returning to the States, Namor helped Betty Dean expose the Star Newspaper as a front for Nazi sabotage operations. Later, Namor stumbles upon the Zipper who was kidnapping sailors and forcing them to help him smuggle oil to his Japanese allies and put an end to his operation. Namor was then asked to act as security for General David Johnson and actress Ruth La Rue as they flew from Hawaii to Australia. Attacked by Japanese forces seeking to get Johnson's plans for the "Battle of the Pacific", they were forced to crash land on the island of Maku. There, Namor convinced the locals he was a water-god and had them assist in fighting off the Japanese and escaping to safety. Namor once more came to the rescue of Betty Dean, saving her from Baron von Wetzel. He next traveled to St. Lazzarre Island in the West Indies and exposed Doctor Luville as a Nazi operative using a rapid aging formula to kill his victims. Later, while in Florida, Namor clashed with would-be sea ruler Ogar of the Ocean, then stopped the Master of Death and his Nazi cohorts from eliminated Professor Ensen.
Rejoining the Invaders, Namor assisted in fighting Japanese forces on the South Pacific. He became a target for the arriving Red Skull and Warrior Woman who had hoped to capture Namor in order to learn the location of Atlantis. Instead, they captured Captain America by mistake. Namor then led the Invaders in tracking down the Red Skull's hideout and freeing Cap, sending the Skull and Warrior Woman fleeing. The Sub-Mariner then accompanied the Invaders in Operation Dragoon to liberate France from Nazi oppression. Returning to the United States, Namor then investigated a series of strange spontaneous combustions of military and defense personnel and uncovered a Nazi plot where a female agent gifted love-sick soldiers with sweaters coated with white metal sodium, which would burst into flames when wet.
Later that year Namor became the subject of interest of Mister Sinister who at the time was working with the Nazis. During a clash with Nazi U-Boat he was stabbed in the back with a Nazi flag by Master Man, piercing his skin and allowing Sinister to take a sample of his blood. With this sample, Sinister created a Namor clone he called N2 at one of his concentration camps. Later when Namor joined Captain America and the Torch in storming the camp they were attacked by N2. While Namor and the Torch failed to stop N2, Captain America was able to slay the creature, however Sinister fled the camp before they could learn who created the monster.
On Christmas Eve that year, while the Invaders had returned to England to spend the holidays, Namor declined an offer to attend a Christmas dance to attend a party being thrown by Falsworth's party to enjoy the cooking and enjoy making the Torch squirm whenever he is around Jacqueline Falsworth.
In January 1945, Namor joined the Invaders in attacking Nazi forces in the Netherlands. Where they found Nazi super-agents protecting Nazi scientist Arnim Zola who had finalized a highly contagious and mutagenic rage virus that he planned to launch on the Allies. Zola was seemingly killed in the battle and in order to contain the spread of infection the Invaders made the hard decision to slay those infected. At the time the group was unaware that one of the partially infected citizens survived and began plotting revenge against the team, a plan that would not see fruition many decades after the war was over.
Later while with the Invaders in Bitburg, Germany, where Namor got his first glimpse of the Nazi concentration camps. Horrified by the atrocity, Namor was about to kill some of the apprehended Nazi soldiers but was stopped by Captain America, who warned Namor that to kill them would be no better than the Nazis themselves. Furious, Namor flew off stopping when finding a mass grave. Seeing the twisted and tortured bodies, Namor vowed to never let such an atrocity happen again.
Going solo again, Namor investigates the sinking of American freighters on the Great Lakes. With the aid of Betty Dean, he discovers that Nazi operative Herr Swastika was responsible, using submarines disguised as turtles and prevents him from destroying a water treatment plant on Niagara Falls. Namor next prevented a gang of jewel thieves from stealing twenty million dollars worth of jewels belonging to Maharajah Shalmar, defends the island nation of Barbuda from Venusians led by American criminal George Mulford, and while investigating the deaths of law officials in New England rescues Betty Dean from the clutches of Klug. Following this, Namor comes to the aid of the people living on the island of Pagano and save them from mad scientist Master Megalo and his army of Megalos. After busting up a group of modern day pirates at Cape Cod, Namor goes to Sea Island and exposes the Ghost of Yesteryear as a hoax, then oversees a boat race between Brad Trent and Dr. Scarr insuring that the race is won fair and square.
Later, Namor stopped Japanese scientist Dr. Nichi from using his blue flame torpedoes of Allied ships in the South Pacific, and back in America investigated the apparent suicide of his inventor friend Roy Winters catching his killer Mr. White. Namor next accompanied Betty Dean to a party at the home of Mrs. Gillard and discovers her long lost husband Doctor Herzog is alive and well, having begun conducting secret experiments in a secret lab. Later, when three criminals managed to escape from Rockville prison, Namor brought them to justice. Later, Namor and Betty stopped a group of blackmailers, then Namor went to Mexico where he stopped perfume smugglers from sneaking their wares into the United States without paying customs. Namor next clashed with Nazi operative the Black Demon, and in Cuba protected pilot Hal Jordan from being assassinated by his cousin George.
Back in the United States, Namor helped solve the murder of Betty's friend Ed Jordan at the hands of a local racket, in Canada he stopped the twisted Marquies le Blanc from driving villagers from their island home and saved the life of young Jack Williams who was targeted by a local shop owner in Wekawee Point who wanted the secret location of a wealthy mineral deposit a secret.
On April 8th 1945 Namor was called to the Invaders headquarters within Big Ben where he and his comrades learned that Captain America and Bucky had apparently died battling Baron Zemo in England. Namor, the Torch and Toro, were then called to Washington D.C. where they met with President Truman who informs them that Captain America and Bucky were to be replaced by the Spirit of 76 and Yankees bat-boy Fred Davis Jr.. With their ranks joined by the Whizzer and Miss America the Invaders resumed battling the Japanese in the South Pacific. Later, on April 25, 1945, Namor was involved in the massive super-hero invasion of Berlin that eventually saw the Nazi's surrender and the death of Adolf Hitler.
Namor then returned to the United States where he took down George Reynold's blackmarket booze operation, catches diamond thief Nick Finelli, and helps prove swimmer Dotty Bensen innocent of murder in Atlantic City. Back at sea, Namor put an end to modern day pirate Zako, dismantles the Order of the Blue Flower racist organization in Waterville, then helps solve the murder of Captain Rutger in Sea Cove.
Namor began participating in the Potsdam Conference in the summer of 1945, representing Atlantis. On August 6, 1945 Namor was in attendance at the conference, the same day America dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. There he met with dignitaries and attempted to diffuse a potential argument between the new Captain America and Russia's Red Guardian over ideological differences. Despite these differences the trio manage to stop rogue Nazi General Brinkhaus from attempting to assassinate President Truman, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Russian leader Joseph Stalin.
Following the surrender of Japan, on September 2, 1945 Namor and the other Invaders were requested to stay together to fight crime and retitled themselves the All-Winners Squad. Uneasy about his decision, Namor then returned to Atlantis. There he found that Emperor Thakkor, who had been in a coma for three years had awoken. Learning that Namor had been mostly away, was convinced by Byrrah and Krang to strip Namor of his leadership over the people of Atlantis and banish him from the realm until further notice. Furious, Namor almost fought his way into his home land, until Dorma talked him out of it. Namor then grudgingly head back for the surface world, intent on proving his grandfather to lift the banishment.
Travelling to Mississippi, the Sub-Mariner investigates a series of daring boat robberies, capturing the Black Phantom and his gang. Namor next investigated the murder of George Whitaker and flushes out the killer, Mr. Blake with a phony truth serum. Later, Namor assisted Betty Dean in investigating a death mask murderer, capturing the perpetrator Franz Eargus. Also during this period Namor captured Allen Rosnim for the murder of Hugh Tyson, and with Betty Dean foil a life insurance murder scheme being carried out by Jack and Martha Prentis.
In New York, Namor came to the defence of young Tommy Wilkin's who was framed for the murder of a night watchman and brought the real killer to justice, protects millionaire Rod Adam's from insane asylum patient Blackbeard, and stops Captain Storm's murderous plot to salvage gold from the bottom of the ocean. Later, Namor find's difficulty busting Lynch Mason and his gang when they take on the so-called Wizard of Crime and his mind reading machine, but Namor eventually captures them and destroys the device. Namor also exposes Larry Batten's scheme to drive Lucille Kennedy insane so that he can claim her family fortune and comes to the aid of misguided Noah Crane and his crew of exiles when his Ark is attacked by criminals seeking to rob them of their worldly possessions. During this time Namor also clashed with sports gambler and hypnotist Sardu the Mystic, and saves the crew of a movie set from a vengeful actor who was horribly scared on a previous production.
When Betty Dean became a target to find the lost loot of dead mobster Mickey Wilson, Namor is there to defend her, capture the crooks and recover the stolen loot. Next Namor came to the aid of Dr. Whitting and helped him secure funds for a cancer treatment centre, and busted the corrupt politicians who sought to cash in on a lucrative road construction contract. Similarly, Namor and Betty helped bust corrupt politicians involved in illegal gambling in a waterfront town.
Returning to New York, Namor helped stop a gold theft operation by stage magician Mudini the Marvel, stopped mastermind bank robber Baron Aaroni and travelled to California where he stopped the murders of models as part of a twisted revenge scheme created by inventor Tom Hendricks. Namor then saved his friend Don and his family from the Vampire known as the Bat, solved the murder of musician Lucien Dennis by catching his band mate Ned Nestor.
Namor and the other All-Winners Squad were then gathered by the Human Torch who showed them a challenge issued to them by a villain named Isbisa that featured a number of crimes based on various ages of human development. In order to divide the team, Isbisa left a note that made it appear as though Namor was in league with Isbisa. When his team mates began to question him, Namor stormed off to solve his clue about the Ice Age alone. However, Namor got an unexpected aid from the Human Torch's partner Toro, who tagged along with him even though Namor believed him to be a spy. The duo save an Eskimo trading post from modern day pirates led by Black Patch, destroying the criminals ship. Namor and Toro then reunited with the All-Winners and deduced that Isbisa was plotting to steal an atomic bomb. When Isbisa attempted to escape the battle in a speed boat, Namor nabbed him and the criminal was turned over to the authorities. In July 1946 the All-Winners were dispatched to the 11th District Congressional Race where they defended John F. Kennedy from being replaced with an android duplicate by the mad android Adam II. During the course of their battle, Captain America was killed in action and replaced by Jeff Mace, formally the Patriot.
When a man is killed by a supposed cursed statue, Namor's investigation brings him to the island of Tareda where he helps the locals overthrow the local dictator and install a democracy. Namor next stopped Dr. Bradley's creation the Headless Man from a revenge murder spree. Namor next shut down the Ace Gang, liberates a jungle island from it's cruel ruler Moral the Tiger Queen and stops electrical engineer Amkenon and his "Green-Out" machine.
Namor reunited with the All-Winners Squad to face the threat of the Future Man a time traveller from the year 1,000,000 AD and his lover Madame Death. When the pair created global disasters across the world, the All-Winners split up to deal with each crisis. Namor went to China where he stopped an army of Chinese pirates under Future Man's command from using an arsenal of torpedoes to cause massive tidal waves. Namor then reunited with his team mates and fought Future Man and Madame Death aboard Future Man's time ship. Namor was displeased when Captain America's lack of skill almost got them killed when a shield throw destabilized Future Man's time machine. The All-Winners managed to escape while Future Man and Madame Death were shunted back in time. Namor chastised Cap for his lack of experience over the original Captain America. Later, however, Namor changed his tone when Jeff resisted the urge to give up his life to a phony zombified version of Steve Rogers that turned out to be a trick plotted out by Madame Death who returned from the past to kill the All-Winners after Future Man died. Namor and the others fought Madame Death, and the battle ended with Madame Death's dying and their base being destroyed. In the aftermath, Cap and Namor made peace. However, tensions would continue to run between the two.
In September 1946 Namor accompanied the All-Winners to England where they clashed with Red Guardian and other Russian operatives to prevent atomic scientist Klaus Fuschs from falling into enemy hands. Namor one more got on Cap's case for allowing the Red Guardian catch onto the fact that he wasn't the original Captain America. Later, when Jeff learned his old reporter friend Jack Casey passed away, the government would not allow him to go as Captain America due to the negative press stemming from Jack's homosexuality. Jeff went instead as the Patriot, ruining his old alter ego's legacy. Namor once more chastised Jeff for doing so, and Jeff knocked Namor out with a single punch.
At the beginning of 1947, Namor was investigated sightings of the so-called Ghost Hangman who was killing those responsible for his hanging. However, Namor quickly captured the Ghost, revealing him to be very human, having paid off his executioners to help fake his death so he could get his revenge. After, Betty Dean invited to a party being thrown by theater producer Walter Clark, who was throwing an "Alice in Wonderland" themed party for the crew of his latest production. The party was terrorized by a man posing as the Mad Hatter who blackmailed Clark out of money before murdering him. The Sub-Mariner exposed the Mad Hatter as Walter's nephew Roy. Following a rash of robberies at sea perpetuated by a modern day pirate calling himself the Corsair, Namor agreed to sail with John Williamson. When the Corsair's men attacked the ship, Namor easily defeated them and turned them over to the authorities.
Returning to work with the All-Winners Squad, Namor and the others were asked by the president to guard a new atomic bomb dubbed "Rosebud" that was being developed in Nevada. However, they failed to stop a mobster named Dutch from stealing it, as he was assisted by a time displaced She-Hulk and Wanda Mason. The All-Winner's next worked on an unspecified mission alongside their old war allies the Union Jack (Brian Fallsworth) and Destroyer (Roger Aubrey), a meeting that later inspired the formation of the V-Battalion. Accompanying Betty on a deep sea dive, they discover the sunken S.S. Albatross and it's cargo of priceless ivory, and prevent a sailor named Gallery from killing the entire crew and claiming the bounty for himself. Back on the mainland, Namor accompanied Betty to a theater performance of Edgar Alan Poe's "The Raven" which soon became the scene of a murder of university professor Professor Ramsey. Namor exposed that Ramsey's student Waldo Evans murdered Ramsey in order to steal and sell a valuable Poe manuscript. Accompanying Betty to Ireland to cover a story on Killemore Castle, Namor found that the wait staff inside the castle were attempting to drive the owner insane and claim his estate. Returning to the United States, Namor gets Betty's assistance in exposing Jade Nelson, an international jewel thief who was posing as a diplomat from another country in order to steal jewels being gifted by the United States.
While on a mission in Asia, Namor had received word from Atlantis that King Thakkor had asked for Namor to return from his exile on the evening of his birthday. Arriving home for the first time since the War, Namor found his people had been attacked. He'd find Thakorr under the care of his cousing Namora, who informed Namor that their home had been attacked by surface dwelling mobsters led by Stoop Richards. Because they had killed her father, Namora wished to also get revenge and Namor allowed her to accompany her to the surface, where they defeated Stomp Richards and his gang. Deciding to stay on the surface, Namora took up residence with Betty Dean and worked frequently with Namor for a period thereafter. Shortly thereafter, Namor and Namora swam to Taboo Island where they stumbled upon a plot by the Brain to rob a shipment of Ambergris and foil the operation. Not long later, Betty Dean sought Namor's help in warding off unrequited lover Vincent King. When Namor paid a visit to the millionaires home, he found King dead and the overzealous Captain Oscar Tooley accusing Namor of murder. Namor soon caught the real killer, contortionist Leonard Lajo, clearing his name. When coming to the aid of a salvage operation threatened by a gang of marauders, Namor once more clashed with his old wartime foe the Shark (now modern day sea pirate) and prevented him from stealing the salvage. Back on the mainland, Namor and Namora prevented the criminal known as Spectacles from selling counterfeit silver dollars to a local gallery. Shortly thereafter, Namor and Betty Dean exposed a gang of crooks who were murdering wealthy women in the city who could no pay their gambling debts
In August of that year, Namor rejoined the All-Winners Squad and helped the team foil a plot by a number of Communist spies who were trying to pose as invaders from outer space. Reunited with Namora, the pair discovered the murder of lighthouse keeper "Father Time" and that his valuable stamp collection had been stolen. With a dying clue left by Father Time, Namor and Namora caught "Pirate" Fletcher, who stole the stamps. The duo also put an end to the grisly water-pressure tests of Doctor D. Mencha. Namor then brought Namora and Betty with him to Florida to investigate the disappearances of many attractive women. They were soon duped onto a movie set run by former actress Sari Tartar whose horribly burned face drove her insane and she had captured the women to torture them in front of the camera. Namor and his companions managed to fight free and turn the insane Tartar over to the authorities.
The start of 1948 found Namor and Namora travelling to China where they assisted their friend Sun Yat in stopping the pirate named White Flower from robbing his silk shipments. Returning to the United States, the Sub-Mariner and Namora prevented the Viking from sabotaging a boat race across Viking Cove, then stopped escaped Nazi operative the Tinfish from killing his brother and inherit his family fortune to try and fund a new Nazi party. With the help of Betty Dean and Namora, Namor next stopped the pirate Blackbeard attempt to steal diamonds from a ship he recently sank.
Soon after Namor joined the All-Winners Squad on a mission with his old wartime allies Union Jack and the Destroyer. Returning to the United States by April 1948, Namor joined the All-Winners in relocating to their new headquarters the Baxter Building where they celebrating Captain America's birthday. When Cap's partner Bucky was gunned down by the villain known as Lavender the Sub-Mariner and the other members of the All-Winners Squad offered their aid to Captain America in capturing the shooter. Cap refused choosing to go after Bucky's shooter alone, but ultimately captured her with the assistance of his new partner Golden Girl. In the aftermath, Captain America left the All-Winners Squad. Before Cap parted company, the Sub-Mariner finally believed that Jeff Mace finally earned the right to carry the Captain America mantle.
Namor then went through a period where he was possibly the most beneficial to mankind, carrying out various heroic tasks ranging from the mundane to the bizarre. Often he became a humanitarian, very uncharacteristic of his behaviour later years, coming to the aid of those in need. First he took a government assignment along with Namora and Betty Dean to protect a shipment of of gold bullion being shipped from the United States to Central America, stopping a group of hijackers from stealing the gold. Later, while out in the Pacific with Namora, the Sub-Mariner rescued pilots Magda Malone and Eric Hodges from the hijacking pyromaniac named Firebrand. Returning to New York City, Namor and Namora then shut down the criminal operations of hypnotist Dr. Macabre. Later, they rescued a young girl from the clutches of Bowery Bennie, and rescue reformed criminal Ronnie Dowell from the owners of the Case Importing Company, who was forcing reformed criminals to do illegal jobs in order to have steady employment. In a similar case, he and Namora helped clear young car thief named Jackie Starr of a murder that was committed by his own employer. Later they travelled to the colonial themed village of Williamstown on a manhunt for jewel thief Torpedo Turner, uncovering a criminal plot to convert stolen jewellery to resemble buried treasure rumoured to be lost in the region.
Back in New York, the Sub-Mariner and Namora put a stop to gossip columnist the Tattler's life ruining blackmail scheme, and stopped the Trubadore of Terror from murdering his former band-mates. Going solo, the Sub-Mariner investigated a murder at the Marlin Estate in the town of Grangerville, exposing a plot to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the country. After witnessing the death of an old sea salt named Billy Glow, Namor and Namora assisted his granddaughter in finding the location of lost treasure from a map he willed to her, all the while protecting her from the murderous pirate named Black Patch. Next the Sub-Mariner and Namora discovered the underwater civilization of Mu and prevented warlord Karlak from mounting an invasion of the United States, by assisting the United States Navy in fighting back an attack on Pearl Harbour. Namor and Namora chased Karlak back to Mu and the Sub-Mariner battled him to the death. With Karlak's defeat the people of Mu promised never to invade the surface again. Back in the States, the Sub-Mariner and Namora were invited to a wedding party thrown by Nicky Gaynor for his friends Kathy and Barry. There they uncovered a plot by Nicky to murder the couple out of jealousy and stopped him before he could succeed. The pair next came to the aid of waterfront mailman Frank Carver whose son had joined the Waterfront Gang. However, after stopping the gang from trying to rob a mail boat, they learned that Frank's son was really an undercover police officer.
Later, the Sub-Mariner and Namora helped prevent Joe Mallone's daughter from marrying racketeer Spade Brown, and rescued inventor Nick Iona from oil thieves who were exploiting his oil tank boring invention. During one of his more melodramatic moments, Namor was invited by Betty Dean to attend a publishers testimonial dinner but he refused to wear a tux. However, his conscience convincing him otherwise, Namor arrived dressed in a suit was flabbergasted to find the publishers had dressed in swim trunks in order to make him feel more comfortable. At he request of Betty Dean, Namor and Namora investigated the thefts at the home of wealthy Hiram King, and learned that his own step-daughter was stealing goods to pay off her gambling debts to Snake Wilson. The pair captured Snake Wilson, but not before Hiram's step-daughter was gunned down. In more mundane adventures, Namor was convinced by Namora and Betty Dean to take the children of St. John's Orphanage on a trip to the Statue of Liberty, and was sent on a rage by thrill seeking writer Deamrest Dodds chasing him through the city until he realized the writer was seeking inspiration and the two began working on a story together. In another bizarre incident, the Sub-Mariner was approached by physics professor Elistis Diggenwall, who had presented a thesis that Namor's ability to swim in water was scientifically impossible. Growing quickly tired of the scientists questions Namor ignored his findings and tossed the physicist into a nearby river.
Going solo once more, the Sub-Mariner went on the hunt for a pirate named Black Mike, and was helped capturing him with the aid of Georgie Jenkins, convincing the young man that his bad luck was all in his mind. Back on the mainland, Namor was tricked into being the judge in a baby beauty pageant by Betty Dean. Then while after another, unrelated, pirate named Black Jack he got the unusual aid of a local named Henry Entshiwstle and his questionably imaginary friend John Jacob Gilligan. Reuniting with Namora, the Sub-Mariner then thwarted an invasion of the so-called Lost Vikings, in the end the Vikings ship sank and all aboard drowned. Back on his own, Namor also carried out the mundane task of helping a man named Curly catch a fish so his friends would stop laughing at him.
Once more with Namora, the Sub-Mariner prevented criminal Peppo Laroc from taking over a Louisianan property for his pirate operations. Returning to New York, Namor agreed to take Namora out on the town and the two were mistaken for a wealthy couple and loured aboard a gambling ship owned by crooks who rob their patrons. Namor and Namora broke free of their cell and saved the prisoners on board, then sunk the ship before turning the crooks over to the authorities. Later when Betty Dean becomes smitten by marine biologist John Harris, Namor and Namora work with her to create a mermaid hoax in order to get Harris -- typically anti-social -- to finally notice Betty and take her out on a date.
1949 found the Sub-Mariner involved in a number of his strangest and mundane adventures to date. While swimming in the ocean he was sucked up in a water funnel and found himself unwittingly uncovering the a colony of sentient robots on the Moon. Fearing discovery, the robots wiped out Namor's memories of the encounter and returned him to Earth. Reunited with Namora, the Sub-Mariner began tracking a criminal named Squire Bones, tracking him to Mare Nostrume. There Bones captured the pair and dumped them in the desert to die. However, Namor uncovered an ancient aqueduct which the pair followed to where Squire Bones was hiding out and brought him to justice.
Shortly thereafter, Betty Dean went missing while on an expedition along the Orinico River in Venezuela. Namor and Namora went searching for her and the rest of the expedition, rescuing them from the cannibalistic Carib tribe. When the mad scientist Iron Brain created a device that threatened to draw the Earth into the Sun, Namor and Namora tracked down his hideout and destroyed the device, leaving Iron Brain to drown in the ocean. The Sub-Mariner was next asked by the local authorities to help investigate the disappearances of workers seeking jobs. Namor and Namora uncovered that he Porker Gang was luring them with job offers and then forcing them into slavery to mine pearls from an underwater cavern. The pair freed the slave and brought Porker and his gang to justice. Namor later battled the villain known as the Squid.
The Sub-Mariner later came to the rescue of Betty Dean and Namora who were captured by criminal Mike Roden and stopped Roden from robbing the passenges of a cruise ship. Namor was next tricked by his so-called "arch nemesis" Doctor Dill into drinking a growth formula that threatened to cause Namor to grow so big that he was at risk of falling off the Earth. Namor tracked down Dill while he was attempting to rob a delivery ship, and forced the criminal to administer an antidote. In a similar plot, the criminal known as the Spoiler tricked Namor into drinking a potion that the Spoiler claimed would make water fatal to the Sub-Mariner. This turned out to all be a bluff that the Spoiler had created to prevent Namor from interfering with his schemes. Realizing this, the Sub-Mariner easily captured the crook and turned him over to the authorities.
Eventually, Namor decided to return to Atlantis and focus his energies on his people, and as 1949 came to an end, he parted company with Namora and returned to his home in the Antarctic.
50 Solo adventures
51 Solo adventures
52 Solo adventures
53 Solo adventures
54 Solo adventures
55 Solo adventures, getting stricken by amnesia by Paul Destine
The decades he wandered with amnesia
Having his memory restored by the Human Torch initial clashes with the super-hero community.
Return to Atlantis
Discovering Atlantis in Fantastic Four Annual #1 and further aggression toward the surface world.
King of Atlantis
Solo adventures featured in Tales to Astonish and Sub-Mariner Volume 1
Namor's joining with the Defenders up to...
Being forced to work with Dr. Doom
Freed from Dr. Doom's control, further adventures with the Defenders and his subsequent solo adventures during the remainder of 70's publications.
Joining the Avengers and his tenure with the group
After he quit the Avengers and resumed activities as a solo adventurer
The period in which Namor worked closely with the Fantastic Four following the apparent death of Reed Richards and Dr. Doom.
Onslaught story line.
His adventures on Counter Earth and return to his home reality following Heroes Return.
Post Heroes return adventures, working with the Avengers, solo, and with Heroes for Hire.
Reforming the Defenders.
Cursed into becoming the Order
Solo adventures after the Defenders disbanded again.
Adventures while a member of the Invaders.
Rejoining another incarnation of the Defenders
Civil War Event
Joining the Dark X-Men etc.
Activities during and following Siege.
Curse of the Mutants
Activities during Curse of the Mutants
Activities during Fear Itself.
- ↑ Young Allies Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Saga of the Sub-Mariner #1
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sub-Mariner Comics #32
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 The Order Vol 2 #7
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Marvel Comics #1
- ↑ Namor the Sub-Mariner #20
- ↑ Tales to Astonish #96
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #35
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #36
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Namor #1
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #37
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #38
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #39
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #40
- ↑ Namor #2
- ↑ Namor #3
- ↑ Namor #4
- ↑ Namor #5
- ↑ Namor #6
- ↑ Namor #7
- ↑ Namor #8
- ↑ Namor #9
- ↑ Namor #10
- ↑ Namor #11
- ↑ Namor #12
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #41
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #42
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 Sub-Mariner Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1
- ↑ Marvels Project #1
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #2
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #3
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #4
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #5
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #6
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #7
- ↑ Marvels Project #3
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #8
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #9
- ↑ 39.0 39.1 Marvel Mystery Comics #10
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #11
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #12
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #13
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #14
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #1
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #2
- ↑ Captain America #423
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #15
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #16
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #17
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #18
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #19
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1
- ↑ 53.0 53.1 Sub-Mariner Comics #1
- ↑ 54.0 54.1 Saga of the Sub-Mariner #5
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #20
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #3
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #2
- ↑ All Winners #1
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #4
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #21
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #3
- ↑ All Winners #2
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #5
- ↑ Marvels Project #6
- ↑ Marvels Project #7
- ↑ 66.0 66.1 66.2 Marvels Project #8
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #22
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #23
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #24
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #25
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #26
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #4
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #6
- ↑ All Winners #3
- ↑ 75.0 75.1 Invaders #29
- ↑ All Winners #4
- ↑ Giant-Size Invaders #1
- ↑ Invaders #1
- ↑ Invaders #2
- ↑ Invaders #3
- ↑ Invaders #4
- ↑ Invaders #31
- ↑ Invaders #5
- ↑ Marvel Premiere #29
- ↑ Invaders #6
- ↑ Marvel Premiere #30
- ↑ Invaders #7
- ↑ Invaders #8
- ↑ Invaders #9
- ↑ Invaders #10
- ↑ Invaders #11
- ↑ Invaders #12
- ↑ Invaders #13
- ↑ Invaders #14
- ↑ Invaders #15
- ↑ 96.0 96.1 Invaders Annual #1
- ↑ Avengers #71
- ↑ Fear Itself: Book of the Skull #1
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #27
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #28
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #29
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #30
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #5
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #7
- ↑ Invaders #17
- ↑ Invaders #18
- ↑ Invaders #19
- ↑ Invaders #20
- ↑ Invaders #21
- ↑ Invaders #22
- ↑ Invaders #23
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- ↑ Invaders #26
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- ↑ Invaders #30
- ↑ Invaders #32
- ↑ Invaders #33
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- ↑ Invaders #35
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- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #32
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #8
- ↑ Invaders #38
- ↑ Invaders #39
- ↑ Invaders #40
- ↑ Invaders #41
- ↑ Giant-Size Invaders #2
- ↑ Invaders Vol 2 #1
- ↑ Invaders Vol 2 #2
- ↑ Invaders Vol 2 #3
- ↑ Invaders Vol 2 #4
- ↑ Marvels #1
- ↑ Thor Corps #1
- ↑ Thor Corps #2
- ↑ Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #2
- ↑ Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #3
- ↑ Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #4
- ↑ Captain America Vol 5 #46
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #6
- ↑ All Winners #5
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #33
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #34
- ↑ All Winners #6
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #9
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #35
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #7
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #36
- ↑ Captain America Comics #20
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #37
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #38
- ↑ All Winners #7
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #10
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #39
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #8
- ↑ Captain America Vol 5 #5
- ↑ Captain America #616
- ↑ Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual #2
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #40
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #41
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- ↑ Human Torch Comics #11
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #42
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- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #43
- ↑ All Winners #9
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #44
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #10
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #45
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #12
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #46
- ↑ All-Select Comics #1
- ↑ All Winners #10
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #13
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #47
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- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #48
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- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #50
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- ↑ All Winners #11
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #14
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- ↑ All Winners #12
- ↑ Avengers / Invaders #1
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- ↑ Avengers / Invaders #5
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- ↑ 202.0 202.1 All Winners #13
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #15
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #54
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #13
- ↑ Clandestine #8
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #55
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 4 #21
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #56 goes here
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #56 goes here
- ↑ Marvel Universe #1
- ↑ Marvel Universe #2
- ↑ Marvel Universe #3
- ↑ Daring Comics #9
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #16
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #58
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #14
- ↑ Marvel Mystery comics #59
- ↑ Captain America Annual #2001
- ↑ Captain America Vol 5 #3
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #60
- ↑ Weapon X Vol 2 #14
- ↑ Winter Soldier Winter Kills #1
- ↑ Invaders NOW! #1
- ↑ Invaders NOW! #2
- ↑ Invaders NOW! #3
- ↑ 227.0 227.1 Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual #1
- ↑ All-Select Comics #5
- ↑ All Winners #14
- ↑ Daring Comics #10
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #17
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #61
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #15
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #62
- ↑ All Winners #15
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #18
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #63
- ↑ Daring Comics #11
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #19
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #16
- ↑ All Winners #16
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #64
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #65
- ↑ 244.0 244.1 244.2 What If? #4
- ↑ Twelve #1
- ↑ Daring Comics #12
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #20
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #66
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #17
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #67 goes here
- ↑ All Winners #17
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #21
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #68 goes here
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #18
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #69
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #70
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #22
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #71 goes here
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #19
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #72
- ↑ All-Select Comics #10
- ↑ All Winners #18
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #23
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #73
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #20
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #74
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #75
- ↑ All Winners #19
- ↑ Captain America: Patriot #1
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #24
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #76
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #21
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #77 goes here
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #78 goes here
- ↑ All Winners #21
- ↑ All Winners Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1
- ↑ 277.0 277.1 277.2 Captain America: Patriot #2
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #25
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #80
- ↑ Appearance in Marvel Mystery Comics #81 goes here
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #13
- ↑ Sensational She-Hulk #22
- ↑ Citizen V and the V-Battalion #1
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #26
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #22
- ↑ 286.0 286.1 Marvel Mystery Comics #82
- ↑ 287.0 287.1 Saga of the Sub-Mariner #6
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #14
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #27
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #23
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #83
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #15
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #28
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #84
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #29
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #24
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #85
- ↑ Citizen V and the V-Battalion Everlasting #1
- ↑ Captain America: Patriot #3
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #17
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #25
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #30
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #86
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #26
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #18
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #31
- ↑ All Winners Vol 2 #1
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #87
- ↑ Namora #1
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #19
- ↑ Captain America Comics #68
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #32
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #88
- ↑ Namora #2
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #28
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #20
- ↑ Human Torch Comics #33
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #89
- ↑ Namora #3
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #29
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #21
- ↑ Captain America Comics #70
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #90
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #30
- ↑ Blonde Phantom #22
- ↑ Marvel Mystery Comics #91
- ↑ Sub-Mariner Comics #31