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Atom


Ryan Choi as the Atom.
Art by Eddy Barrows. Image File history File links AllNewAtom. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (Cray)
Suicide Squad #44 (August 1990)
(Choi)
DCU: Brave New World (2006)
Created by (Cray)
John Ostrander
(Choi)
Gail Simone
Grant Morrison
Characteristics
Alter ego - Al Pratt
- Ray Palmer
- Adam Cray
- Ryan Choi
Team
affiliations
(Cray)
Suicide Squad
Abilities (All-except Pratt) Ability to shrink his body to varying degrees (including the subatomic level) while manipulating his weight and mass to his advantage
(Choi)
Expert in nanotechnology

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There have been four characters who have shared the Atom codename. The original Golden Age Atom, Al Pratt, was created by Ben Flinton and Bill O'Connor and first appeared in All-American Publications' All-American Comics #19 (Oct. 1940). The second Atom was the Silver Age Atom, Ray Palmer, who first appeared in 1961. The third Atom, Adam Cray, was a minor character present in Suicide Squad stories. The fourth Atom, Ryan Choi, debuted in a new Atom series in August 2006. Superman, catalyst of the Golden Age: Superman #14 (Feb. ... Al Pratt is a character in the DC Comics Universe, the original hero to fight crime as the Atom. ... The All-American logo, used on their titles during the 1945 split with National All-American Publications is one of three American comic book companies that combined to form the modern-day DC Comics, one of the worlds two largest comics publishers. ... All-American Comics was the flagship title for its publisher, also called All-American Comics. ... Showcase #4 (Oct. ... The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). ... Suicide Squad is a name for a number of fictional organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ...


The Atom has been the star of multiple solo series, and three of the four have appeared as members of various superhero teams, such as the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, and the Suicide Squad. The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... Suicide Squad is a name for a number of fictional organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ...

Contents

Fictional character biographies

Al Pratt

Main article: Atom (Al Pratt)

The original Atom, Al Pratt, first appeared in All-American Comics #19 (Oct. 1940). He initially had no superpowers; instead, he was a diminutive college student and later a physicist who was depicted as a tough guy, a symbol of all the short kids who could still make a difference. Pratt was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, later gaining limited super-strength, and an energy charged 'atomic punch'. He died valiantly leading the charge against Extant during the Zero Hour. Al Pratt is a character in the DC Comics Universe, the original hero to fight crime as the Atom. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... All-American Comics was the flagship title for its publisher, also called All-American Comics. ... In the 19th century, midget was a medical term referring to an extremely short but normally-proportioned person and was used in contrast to dwarf, which denoted disproportionate shortness. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


Ray Palmer

Main article: Atom (Ray Palmer)

The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase #34 (1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). Using a mass of white dwarf star matter, he fashioned a lens which allowed him to shrink down to subatomic size. Originally, his size and molecular density abilities derived from mechanisms in his belt with a back up device in his gloves. Much later, he gained the innate equivalent powers within his own body. After the events of Identity Crisis, Ray shrunk himself to microscopic size and disappeared.
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Adam Cray

Adam Cray on the cover to Suicide Squad #46.

Adam Cray, son of the murdered Senator Cray, first appeared as the Atom in the pages of Suicide Squad #44 by John Ostrander (August 1990). At first Cray was widely believed to be Ray Palmer in disguise (by both the fans and the characters). Actually Cray had been recruited by Palmer himself, who faked his death, in order to apprehend the Micro Force (a group of villains that had been shrunk down) as well as uncover information about a shadowy government cabal, who were interested in Palmer's knowledge of the other heroes' secret identities (his own identity being no longer a secret). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (986x1502, 372 KB) Summary Cover to Suicide Squad #46, drawn by Luke McDonnel and Geof Isherwood Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (986x1502, 372 KB) Summary Cover to Suicide Squad #46, drawn by Luke McDonnel and Geof Isherwood Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Suicide Squad is a name for a number of fictional organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ... John Ostrander is an American writer of comics. ...


While Palmer would infiltrate the Micro Force, Cray would gather the attention of the Cabal as the new Atom, so that no one would notice Palmer assuming the identity of a fallen Micro Force member.


Adam Cray ran with the Suicide Squad only for a short while, serving as a secret weapon most of the time, and his existence was for a while even unknown to others of the Squad. Cray even saves a wounded Amanda Waller from a group of assassins. At one point, Cray approaches Deadshot about the fact that Deadshot had murdered his father. Deadshot tells Cray that he would get one free shot at him. Soon after, on a mission, Cray is impaled through the chest by Blacksnake, a Microforce member who believes him to be Palmer. Deadshot (real name Floyd Lawton), is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ...


After the murder of Cray (a move Palmer had not foreseen), Palmer reveals himself and defeats Cray's murderer. The ruse ended, Palmer explains himself to the Justice League, who had been searching for him, after hearing rumors of a new Atom.


Ryan Choi

Ryan Choi, as described by DC solitations, is "a young hotshot professor who's filling the extra spot on Ivy University's teaching staff. .. and who inadvertently ends up filling the old Atom's super-heroic shoes".[1] This new Atom is based on a redesign by Grant Morrison. He debuted in the Brave New World one-shot, a preview of upcoming projects, and now appears in the ongoing series, The All-New Atom, written by Gail Simone. Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Gail Simone at the 2002 SDCC. Photo copyright 2002-2005 Lea Hernandez Gail Simone is a popular American writer of comic books. ...


Born in Hong Kong, Ryan was a longtime protege of Ray Palmer who had been corresponding with him through letters. After Palmer's disappearance, Ryan moved to Ivy Town in America to assume his mentor's place on the staff of Ivy University. Following clues left by Palmer, Ryan discovered a "bio-belt," allegedly the size and density-manipulating device used by his predecessor, and became the new Atom with Palmer's apparent blessing. Though taken with the superhero lifestyle, Ryan is a scientist first and foremost and approaches many of his adventures from the perspective of scientific discovery and investigation.


Since taking his mentor's place, Ryan has found himself at the center of a conflict between the forces of science and magic. It has been claimed that the impossible feats performed by Ray Palmer during his superheroic career caused the very fabric of reality to warp in Ivy Town's vicinity, making it a nexus of paranormal activity. Many parties, including the ancient "Cancer God" M'Nagalah and the microscopic aliens known as "The Waiting," consider Ryan a key player in the war and have made attempts to recruit, capture, or kill him. A Great Old One is a type of fictional being in the Cthulhu Mythos based in the stories of HP Lovecraft. ...


As The Atom, Ryan has faced numerous challenges, including the shrinking serial killer Dwarfstar, his strict and disapproving father, and being seduced, kidnapped, and even swallowed alive by the size-changing villainess, Giganta. Through it all, his ingenuity and keen deductive mind have served him in good stead. Giganta (Real name Doris Zuel) is a powerful DC Comics supervillainess with the ability to grow into a towering, incredibly strong giantess. ...


Recent announcements by DC Comics have indicated that Ryan Choi will be involved in the search for the missing Ray Palmer. [2]


Alternate versions

Another version of the Atom has been featured in stories set eighty-three thousand years in the future, in the 853rd century, as seen in DC One Million. Portrayed as the sole survivor of a micro-world, he is taken in by Justice Legion Alpha, and has the ability to divide himself into multiple beings. The more he divides himself, the smaller he gets. This provides him the ability to mimic nearly any substance. By dividing himself to an atomic size and changing his molecular density, he was shown to turn into gold and oxygen. DC One Million was a crossover event published by DC Comics in 1998. ... The Justice Legion Alpha is a DC Comics superhero team, who exist in the far future of the DC Universe. ...


Frank Miller portrayed Ray Palmer as a major player in Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. He was taken prisoner by Lex Luthor and made to live in one of his own petri dishes for a period of months until his rescue by Catgirl. He was then instrumental in the liberation of Kandor. Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... The Dark Knight Strikes Again is a Batman graphic novel by Frank Miller. ... Robin is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... Superman and the modern Kandor. ...


Elseworlds

  • Some other re-imaginings of the Atom include an appearance in League of Justice, a story portraying the Justice League in a The Lord of the Rings-type story where the Atom was recast as a wizard/fortune teller called "Atomus The Palmer".
  • Al Pratt as the Atom was one of the three heroes who chose to work at the side of Senator Thompson in The Golden Age. When Al discovers that Thompson is really the Ultra-Humanite, he joins the other heroes against the villain and Dyna-Man.
  • The Al Pratt Atom appeared in JSA: The Unholy Three as a post-WW2 intelligence agent with transparent atomic flesh and a visible skeleton.
  • JLA: Age of Wonder where Ray Palmer worked with a science consortium whose numbers at one point included Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.
  • JLA: Created Equal, after Ray Palmer is killed in the cosmic storm that nearly wipes out the rest of the male population on Earth, a graduate student named Jill Athron is given a research grant to study Palmer's white-dwarf-star-belt. She becomes the Atom and joins the Justice League.

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52

In the final issue of 52, a new Multiverse is revealed, originally consisting of 52 identical realities. Among the parallel realities shown is one designated "Earth-2". As a result of Mister Mind "eating" aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-2, including the Atom among other Justice Society of America characters. The names of the characters and the team are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear, but the Atom is visually similar to the Al Pratt Atom.[3] 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Prominent members of the Monster Society Of Evil. ... Al Pratt is a character in the DC Comics Universe, the original hero to fight crime as the Atom. ...


Based on comments by Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-2.[4] Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ...


Appearances in other media

John Kassir in Justice League of America as Ray Palmer about to "shrink"
  • Besides making an appearance on one of the Super Friends shows, the Atom (Ray Palmer) appeared in Justice League Unlimited to help Lex Luthor defend himself against Amazo and disable an alien weapon known as the Dark Heart (in an episode written by Warren Ellis). Both of the devices utilized nanotechnology, a field in which he is an expert. He is voiced by John C. McGinley.
  • In an early Justice League episode, "Legends", the League team up with the Justice Guild Of America. JGA member Tom Turbine is a cross between Golden Age Atom and the Golden Age Superman/Kal-L.
  • The Atom also makes an appearance with a slightly different color scheme costume in the live action 1979 TV special "Legends of the Superheroes", specifically "The Roast" episode.
  • The Atom (Ray Palmer) also appeared in the 1997 live action made-for-TV movie pilot, Justice League of America. He was played by John Kassir.
  • Ray Palmer was mentioned in the Justice League season 2 episode "Hereafter Part 2". Some technology of Palmer's was stolen by Vandal Savage. This was used to control the force of gravity, destroying the Justice League. The side effects of his gravity manipulation shifted the Earth's orbit, killing all human life. Savage told Superman about this whilst he was stranded in the future. When Superman got back to his present time, he and the Justice League went to stop Savage from getting the technology.

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Footnotes

  1. ^ http://www.dccomics.com/comics/?cm=5536
  2. ^ Description of Atom #12 at DC Comics
  3. ^  52 #52 May 2, 2007  DC Comics (13/3)
  4. ^ Brady, Matt (2007-05-08). "THE 52 EXIT INTERVIEWS: GRANT MORRISON". Newsarama. Retrieved on 2007-05-12.

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References

  • Index to the Atom's Earth-1 adventures
  • Article on the history/legacy of The Atom from the Comics 101 article series by Scott Tipton
  • THE SIMONE FILES II: THE ALL NEW ATOM
  • COUNTING DOWN TO COUNTDOWN IV: THE GREAT DISASTER AND THE ATOM

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