Philippe Cousteau vs. Aquaman: Who's the True King of the Sea?

On this coming Thursday's edition of All Access Weekly, our host Katie Linendoll will be joined by Phillipe Cousteau, Jr. Cousteau is a famed activist, entrepreneur, and grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau and son of documentary filmmaker Philippe Cousteau.

He'll discuss, among other things, the importance of environmental conservation and deep sea technology. Through his charitable work and advocacy, Cousteau has continued the quest of his father and grandfather to raise awareness about issues facing our environment and make us more active participants in solutions to threats to our environment.

Given his work and pedigree, one could make the assertion that Cousteau is the King of the Seas. Yet there is one other who would lay claim to that title: DC Comics' Aquaman, known as The Dweller in the Depths, the Aquatic Ace, and derisively as "the guy who talks to fish."

There is only one crown, and thus there can only be one King of the Sea. Let's take a look at each and see who can lay a greater claim to the title and throne.


Philippe Cousteau: The Global Echo Foundation, an organization publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange that provides funding to address women's and children's issues, conservation, and sustainability.

Aquaman: The Justice League.

ADVANTAGE: AQUAMAN, but only because Batman is not a member of the Global Echo Foundation. Yet.


Philippe Cousteau: Corporations that put profits over environmental and health concerns, ignorance, apathy, and the conundrum of balancing social and technological advancement with environmental conservation.

Aquaman: The Fisherman, literally a guy in a mask with a fishing pole, and Black Manta.

ADVANTAGE: PHILIPPE COUSTEAU, who has a far more daunting and daring challenge before him.


Philippe Cousteau: Was a host and director of several programs that have aired on Animal Planet. He's also done work for Planet Green, the BBC, and CNN, to name a few.

Aquaman: Had a subplot in a season of "Entourage" where his film was being pitched as a vehicle for Vincent Chase.


He's been far more successful in his live-action ventures, and guys, I don't get the appeal of "Entourage." Like at all.


Philippe Cousteau: Uses the latest in deep sea tech, much of which you'll learn about this week on All Access Weekly, to explore but educate.

Aquaman: Has an octopus friend named Topo and rides a seahorse.

ADVANTAGE: PHILLIPE COUSTEAU, because a seahorse? Aquaman's supposed to lord it over all the creatures of the sea. Why not ride a shark? That'd be MUCH cooler.


Philippe Cousteau:

Has served on the Boards and/or been a member of the Everglades Foundation, the Ocean Energy Council, the Smithsonian's Ocean Initiative Council, and the American leg of the World Wildlife Fund.

Aquaman: Made his sea friends perform a circus to raise money for fishermen and their families (World's Finest Comics #126, June 1962).


Circuses are cruel and exploitive, Aquaman. For shame.


Philippe Cousteau: The Global Echo Foundation, amongst other charitable pursuits, helps provide funding for childrens' issues. His work as an educator through programs, documentaries, and advocacy is immeasurable.

Aquaman: Has a sidekick named Aqualad whose superpower, as far as I can tell, is the ability to get trapped in a cage by pirates.


Your children are safer with him.


Philippe Cousteau is way cooler than Aquaman.

Despite efforts by many throughout the years to revamp and rejuvenate Aquaman, Cousteau has done more work and has garnered more respect than DC Comics' resident sea-faring adventurer. His tireless passion for conservation and sustainability is a true testament to his character and a proud mark on the legendary Cousteau name.

Catch the fastest five minutes in tech, gaming, and comics on this week's edition of All Access Weekly at midnight only on Spike.

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