What to add to what has already been said by others during tbis year's 12 Days? As a couple they work so well that sometimes I think it detracts a little from reader/creator perception of them as individual characters - more especially Barda, who it seems to me should have had her own solo series long ago. For me, she is one of the greatest female characters in comics, and I don't see any evidence she's ever been treated tbat way by anyone other than her creator.
But putting that aside, they are so central to the whoke Fourth World concept that anyone who, like me, ranks that nearthe top in their list of all-time greatest comics is going to rank then near the top of any list along the lines of our subject for 12 Days 2021.
Their background story - again, both as individuals and as a couple - is so well constructed, so rich in meaning, so important thematically to the New Gods epic as a whole, and so compelling simply as a narrative that inmy mind it should get even more recognition than it has done - and certainly from more insightful and appreciative creators than has usually been the case.
For Marvel I normally read the team comics, but Sub-Mariner was the rare solo series I liked and tried to follow on a regular basis (tough to do back then due to the spotty distribution in my neighborhood). The appeal for me was the Namor-Dorma relationship; in back issues of FF and Tales to Astonish I saw that the fiery, passionate Dorma had more than once sabotaged/betrayed Namor, sometimes out of jealousy (of Sue Storm) and sometimes just due to her own volatile personality. Dorma wasn't perfect, and that made her pairing with Namor interesting to me. And now in the current issues of Sub-Mariner Dorma was facing another threat: Diana Arliss. I've always been a sucker for that old soap opera staple, the love triangle...and this series delivered.
I enjoyed the juicy drama in the Dorma-Namor relationship and its various complications and I thought it would go on and on...until I read the last page of Sub-Mariner #37. I couldn't believe they were killing off an established character (I didn't know about Pam Hawley or Janice Cord at the time; and I'd only read one X-Men issue before Prof. X was killed off). I've written about my youthful reaction to this story here at CCF and elsewhere; for now I'll just say that for once the hyperbolic cover blurb--"The Most Shocking Saga of All"--didn't lie.