|Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
Normal human with a genius level intelligence skilled in aquatic engineering and biology.
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant skilled in undersea combat.
Note: Black Manta was mystically altered for a time giving him abilities similar to that of a manta ray. Aquaman used his aquatic hand to heal Manta of his mutation and the mental disorder of autism.
Manta Armor: Aquatic armor capable of sustaining human life at great ocean depths; equipped with laser beams within helmet lenses.
Manta-Men: Biologically altered humans capable of surviving the ocean's waters.
Manta Ship: Amphibious craft equipped with a wide array of offensive and defensive capabilities.
Aquaman Vol. 1, 4, 5 & 6
|Aquaman Vol. 1 #35 (Oct. 1967)|
|Bob Haney & Nick Cardy|
An orphan abandoned to Gotham City's Arkham Asylum, the unnamed child suffered from undiagnosed autism, where sensations such as cold water and suffocation which would normally be considered uncomfortable gave him comfort.
Witnessing Aquaman on television he became obsessed with the undersea king. After escaping the asylum he began a life of crime eventually using his genius to move from the surface world to the oceans' depths to become the marauding Black Manta.