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"Aquaman has always tended to live in Namor's shadow..."
When he debuted in the 40s, this was Aquaman's origin:
The story must start with my father, a famous undersea explorer—if I spoke his name, you would recognize it. My mother died when I was a baby, and he turned to his work of solving the ocean's secrets. His greatest discovery was an ancient city, in the depths where no other diver had ever penetrated. My father believed it was the lost kingdom of Atlantis. He made himself a water-tight home in one of the palaces and lived there, studying the records and devices of the race's marvelous wisdom. From the books and records, he learned ways of teaching me to live under the ocean, drawing oxygen from the water and using all the power of the sea to make me wonderfully strong and swift. By training and a hundred scientific secrets, I became what you see—a human being who lives and thrives under the water.
When DC rebooted him in the 50s, Aquaman became a boy born of human father and Atlanian mother, copying Namor's origin to some extent, until he became the King of Atlantis a few years later, cementing the deal.