We just got the Spongebob DVD set of the first 100 episodes. I love the undersea nonsense.
According to the press release "SpongeBob SquarePants First 100 Episodes is the “must-have” DVD collection for the über SpongeBob fan. This collection includes every episode from Seasons 1 through 5 plus exclusive special features on 14 discs housed in a slipcase."
While watching the episode Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, I noticed a more than passing resemblance to the DC character Aquaman (well at least the way he used to look.) I'm sure this is no accident. Barnacle Boy also happens to look a heck of a lot like the old Aqualad.
In Spongebob, Mermaid Man has gotten old. He and Barnacle Boy now live in a retirement home and have to fight memory loss, incontinence, and boredom.
Aquaman's look has changed over the years and I think he now has long hair and a harpoon/hook for a hand. Weird right? I remember as a kid watching Superfriends no one wanted to play Aquaman because his only apparent super power was talking to fish. He was stronger than a human, but not as strong as Superman, not to mention he had to get wet at least once every hour. How sad is that!? Still, he could kick your ass, and mine too!
For all of your Aquaman needs go here The Aquaman Shrine. They have everything about Aquaman you could ever want to know.
I'm Aquaman, and I'm doing the best that I can
Standing up for freedom, undersea.
I'm Aquaman, and I'm happy to lend a hand
Unless you happen to be on dry land. - Grandpa Griffith
Say not the mermaid is a myth, I knew one once named Mrs. Smith. She stood while playing cards or knitting: Mermaids are not equipped for sitting.
'We shall see, while above us
The waves roar and whirl,
A ceiling of amber,
A pavement of pearl.
Singing, 'Here came a mortal,
But faithless was she:
And alone dwell for ever
The kings of the sea.'
Afred Lord Tennyson
I would be a mermaid fair; I would sing to myself the whole of the day; With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair; And still as I comb’d I would sing and say, “Who is it loves me? who loves not me?” I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall, Low adown, low adown, From under my starry sea-bud crown Low adown and around, And I should look like a fountain of gold Springing alone With a shrill inner sound, Over the throne In the midst of the hall; Till that great sea-snake under the sea From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps Would slowly trail himself sevenfold Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate With his large calm eyes for the love of me. And all the mermen under the sea Would feel their immortality Die in their hearts for the love of me.
The straightforward mermaid starts every sentence with “Look . . . ” This comes from being raised in a sea full of hooks. She wants to get points 1, 2, and 3 across, doesn’t want to disappear like a river into the ocean. When she’s feeling despairing, she goes to eddies at the mouth of the river and tries to comb the water apart with her fingers. The straightforward mermaid has already said to five sailors, “Look, I don’t think this is going to work,” before sinking like a sullen stone. She’s supposed to teach Rock Impersonation to the younger mermaids, but every beach field trip devolves into them trying to find shells to match their tail scales. They really love braiding. “Look,” says the straightforward mermaid. “Your high ponytails make you look like fountains, not rocks.” Sometimes she feels like a third gender—preferring primary colors to pastels, the radio to singing. At least she’s all mermaid: never gets tired of swimming, hates the thought of socks.
A word about the Images
Many of the images I've used on this blog have been found over years and years of looking at mermaids (plenty are my own though.) I've asked for permission for most but occasionally I don't remember the source. If you find an image here posted that you don't want up (due to your hard work scanning or drawing it) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are watching live video of the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga.