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Continuity-Related Comic Book Character
Vulko
Vulko
Information
Real name: Vulko
AKA: Dr. Vulko
King Vulko
Species: Atlantean
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Earth-One
Occupation: Chief Scientific Adviser
King
Base: Atlantis
Vulko (The Brave and the Bold, 73)

Vulko, Original Appearance.
Image fromThe Brave and the Bold, #73 (August/September 1967).

Vulko is a politician and royal scholar of Atlantis, acting as mentor to Aquaman. Providing sage wisdom and advice in times of crisis, he is the city's oldest dignitary.


Background Information

In the parallel universe of Earth-One, Vulko is the chief scientific adviser of Atlantis and is probably its most notorious political and academic figure (he has been involved in most of the political changes and revolution the city has gone through). He has been called Doctor, professor, commander and he even became king of Atlantis. He knew Aquaman's mother and was an advisor to King Trevis. He was present at Aquaman's birth, and argued against leaving Aquaman to die, claiming the curse of Kordax was a silly superstition. He later befriends Aquaman when both were held in an Atlantean prison. After Aquaman frees himself and gains his throne, he makes Vulko his regent.[1]

On one occasion, Dr. Vulko assists Aquaman and the Atom in repelling microscopic invaders from a 'single drop of water'. They are led by 'Galg The Destroyer'.[2] Soon after he supervises the transition of Atlantis citizens from water to air breathers as a means to escape an enemy attack from Black Manta.[3]

For a time, he is the King of Atlantis.[4]

A few years later, King Vulko found himself the target of the assassin known as the Kingslayer while at a U.N. Conference in NYC. Aquaman takes on the responsibility of protecting him. Aquaman naturally protects the king from being harmed.[5]


Powers and Abilities

Powers

Abilities


Weaknesses

  • Asphyxiation: Atlanteans can only exist outside of water for a limited period of time or else they will dehydrate, asphyxiate and ultimately die.


Appearances

Vulko did not appear in any episode of the Superfriends TV Show.

Earth-One Appearances:

  • Brave and the Bold, #73 (August/September 1967)

Earth-1A Appearance:


Notes

  • Vulko was created by Bob Haney and Howard Purcell.
  • He first appeared in Brave and the Bold, #73 (August/September 1967).
  • Nick Cardy redesigned his him is his next appearance in Aquaman, #35 (September/October 1967).


References

  1. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2004. p. 18. ISBN 0-7566-0592-X.
  2. As revealed in The Brave and the Bold, #73 (August/September 1967).
  3. As revealed in Aquaman, #35 (September/October 1967)
  4. As revealed in Justice League of America, #142 (May 1977).
  5. As revealed in Super Friends, #11 (April/May 1978).
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