Issue(s): Sub-Mariner #1
Namor has flashbacks conveniently recapping his origin and history for new readers since this is Sub-Mariner #1.
The big news in these flashbacks is that Paul Destine knew Namor's father, and helped him find the cavern where he discovered the Power Helmet that he now wears. Destine was also responsible for the attack that destroyed Atlantis...
...causing the Atlanteans to have to move (as Namor discovered in his first Silver Age appearance). When investigating that attack, Namor encountered Destine and lost a fight with him, which is how Namor got his amnesia.
It's not said in this story, but after Namor's grandfather, the Emperor of Atlantis, and Namor's mother, Fen, were presumed killed in Destine's attack on Atlantis...
...the Emperor's body was never found, and since there's no definitive proof that he's dead, he's still technically the Emperor, and that's why Namor is only a Prince.
The excitement of the flashbacks causes Namor's body heat to rise, melting the ice (!). Namor escapes, vowing to attack Paul Destine and then his accursed air-breathing race.
Paul Destine is actually just referred to as Destiny here, but i'm reserving that name for the precognitive mutant.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Namor is trapped under ice in the beginning of this issue, and that could have been for an indefinite amount of time after Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Tales To Astonish #1 (1979)
FOOM#12 announced a new series by Len Wein/Bob Brown starring a back-from-the-dead Destiny leading a group of 4 new super-heroes, but I'm guessing Brown's illness and death prevented it.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 4, 2013 6:31 PM
We'll find the fate of Tha-Korr only in Namor: The First Mutant in 2010!
Posted by: Midnighter | February 11, 2014 8:05 PM
I liked this storyline and the much improved art now that John Buscema was on it.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 13, 2016 9:15 PM
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