Great Cataclysm

Great Cataclysm[1]

The Great Cataclysm; also called the Great Upheaval and the Great Deluge, was the incident that caused Atlantis to sink beneath the ocean.

This event occurred many centuries before the time of the Super Friends; circa 9,600 BC, which was during the thirty-second year of the reign of King Thorvall, and thus; Atlantis was swallowed by the Atlantic.[2]


In 59,600 B.C., the Time Trapper went back in time in an apparent attempt to sink Atlantis before they develop the technology to create the domes they need to survive when the Continent first sunk. If successful, it would be the virtual extinction of the modern race of Atlanteans. Superman and Aquaman arrive just in time to stop the attempt.[3] This attempt however, may be the inevitable cause of the continent sinking.

Prior to Atlantis sinking, some scientists foretold the coming calamity, although many scoffed at the idea. Still, King Thorvall had sent out expeditionary ships to colonize other places. General Rugero led an expedition to the North Pole, where they discovered warm air currents beneath the ice. It was then they located an opening that led them inside the Earth and into a new inner world that would eventually be known as Skartaris.[4]

It is also possible that many during this period fled the Earth altogether, as there were a number of Humanoid life forms all over the Milky Way Galaxy that resembled Humans too closely to be entirely alien races.

It's possible that Kryptonians, Rannians, Thanagarians, Orions and many other Human-looking humanoid races were actually descendants of the human beings from Pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis. Still, this was never actually revealed, and might not be the case.[5]

The Cataclysm

Atlantis sank beneath the Atlantic Ocean due to heavy tremors.


Although many Atlantean cities were destroyed during this disaster, some; such as Poseidonis and Tritonis, were preserved in domes. Others, such as the Kingdom of Ocina and another Atlantean settlement, were lost for centuries.

Many surviving Atlanteans developed amphibious qualities, allowing them to breathe both air and water; and adapting to marine life.

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  1. As seen in As seen in Warlord, The Secret of Skartaris (March, 1977).
  2. As seen in the Warlord, The Secret of Skartaris (March, 1977).
  3. As seen in the SuperFriends (Comic Book): SuperFriends, #18 'Manhunt in Time!' (March 1, 1979).
  4. As seen in Warlord, The Secret of Skartaris (March, 1977).
  5. This is just conjecture.
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