This version of Aquaman had done-in-one adventures that involved a number of recurring characters, but generally had no overall arc.
Early Silver Age
A continuation of the Golden Age sensibility of done-in-one adventures, with an added recurring cast and eventually longer stories.
The start of the Silver Age.
Aquaman finally gets a human sidekick.
Early Justice League
As part of a band, Aquaman had more exposure to the audience of the DC Universe.
Late Silver Age
The emergence of longer storylines and the destruction of Aquaman's happy family.
Short ongoing storylines intermixed with Justice League events and mini-series.
The Peter David years.
Flailing about for a anchor to weigh in on.
Aquaman vanishes in Our Worlds and War and comes back after a JLA event.
Sword of Atlantis
Aquaman vanishes, and a new Aquaman takes his place for a bit.
Aquaman becomes a Black Lantern while Mera rages about her life as a Red Lantern.
Aquaman is reincarnated to fight the greatest threat the world has known.
The world changes in a flash, and Aquaman's altered history makes him a villain on a massive scale.
The New DC Universe
After Flashpoint, an altered Aquaman stars in a news series.