Hey, you like those MARVEL movies?
That Robert Downey Jr is pretty great, right?
AVENGERS was a hoot?
Honestly, they haven’t uncorked the best thing they got going for them.
Designed way back in 1939, The Sub Mariner showed up in MARVEL COMICS #1, a mutant hybrid of human and Atlantean. He could live underwater and on land, was insanely strong, had little ankle wings, and a wicked temper that found him crushing Nazi U Boats and sinking Manhattan. The original “bad boy” anti-hero, who sometimes helped humanity and found himself at odds with other MARVEL characters, most notably The Human Torch.
He’s not as popular these days, which is a shame.
Sadly, he also got a lame action figure.
That much, we can fix.
STEP 1: BUY THIS STUFF
You will need a Superman and the one Marvel Legends Sub Mariner figure
STEP 2: TAKE THIS STUFF APART
You don’t need Superman’s head. Or his cape. And you probably want to ve-e-e-ry carefully razor blade off the loops on his belt.
You only need Sub Mariner’s head. And you probably want to ve-e-e-ry carefully razor blade off his ankle wings.
STEP 3: MAKE THIS STUFF
I use TAMIYA 2-part epoxy putty when sculpting. The goal is to fill in and remove Superman’s boot line and flesh out his feet for toes. If that sounds too tough, you *could* buy a Dr. Manhattan figure and use his lower legs and bare feet.
In this picture, I used some nail polish remover to wipe off the S symbol. Sometimes, those show through when I paint the figure.
STEP 4: PAINT THIS STUFF
The Sub Mariner is a pretty straightforward paint job. I used ARMY PAINTER flesh toned spray paint and did his trunks in green. The belt is yellow with a gold buckle. When everything dried, I re-attached his wings to his ankle.
It’s that easy. MARVEL’s next best thing is now yours.