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Real Name: Joe Russo

Identity/Class: Human mutate (1950s)

Occupation: Fisherman

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Murky (his boat), Neptune, an unidentified man who walked on the sea

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Cape Cod, USA

First Appearance: Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14/4 (January, 1953)
    {prima apparizione in Italia: Capitan America I#96 (15 dicembre 1976)}

Powers/Abilities: Russo could breathe underwater and walk on the surface of the sea. On the contrary, if he would walk on solid ground he sunk.


(Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14/4) - Russo was a normal man who was fishing on his boat when he saw a man walking on the seawater. Astonished he didn't notice that the man appeared undernourished and weak. Russo desired the secret for walking on the water, so he menaced the man with his rifle.
    The man accepted, and accompanied Russo underwater to the ocean's floor. There he performed a ritual invoking Neptune. The god lent his power and Russo became capable to breathe underwater and to walk on the surface of the sea.
    But when he tried to walk on the beach he sunk!

Comments: Created by an unknown writer, Jay Scott Pyke (pencils and inks).

    The water walking ability was probably associated to the coral, the water breathing to the seaweed. Harry Potter used a weed to breathe underwater too.

    "Russo" is a surname more prominent in Italy.

Profile by Spidermay.

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Man who walked on the sea

    The man who walked on the sea had been mutated, but before that he was a normal man.
    He could walk on the surface of the sea and breathe underwater, but he could not walk on the solid ground where he sunk.

    The man was forced to walk only on the sea unable to enter any town, street and so on.

    When he met Joe Russo he tried to avoid him because he knew that his power was actually a curse. But when Russo menaced him the man had to obey. He accompanied Russo to the floor of the ocean where he had Russo perform a special ritual. Russo rubbed some coral on his feet and a particular seaweed on his nose and on his body. Aftert that Russo prayed to Neptune to give to Russo the power of breathing underwater and of walking on the sea surface. It worked.


--Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14/4




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Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14/4, p5, pan6 (Russo, main image)
Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14/4, p1, pan1 (Russo, head shot)
Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14/4, p1, pan3 (image)

Adventures Into Weird Worlds#14 (January, 1953) - Jay Scott Pike (artist), Stan Lee (editor)

Last updated: 04/22/11

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