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Captain Atom


Strange Suspense Stories #75 (June 1965), reprinting the Captain Atom stories from Space Adventures #33, 34 & 36. Art by Steve Ditko. Image File history File linksMetadata StrangeSuspenseStories75. ... Stephen Ditko (born 2 November 1927) is a renowned American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. ...

Publisher Charlton Comics
First appearance Space Adventures # 33 (March 1960)
Created by Joe Gill
Steve Ditko
Characteristics
Alter ego Allen Adam
Team
affiliations
United States Air Force
Abilities Superhuman strength, flight, energy blasts, minor atomic transmutation and huge atomic absorption.

Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. Created by writer Joe Gill and artist/co-writer Steve Ditko, he first appeared in Space Adventures # 33 (March 1960). Captain Atom was created for Charlton Comics but was later acquired by DC Comics and revised for DC’s post-Crisis continuity. Big C logo, used from Sept. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Joe Gill was a writer who worked in the comics industry. ... Stephen Ditko (born 2 November 1927) is a renowned American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Joe Gill was a writer who worked in the comics industry. ... Stephen Ditko (born 2 November 1927) is a renowned American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Big C logo, used from Sept. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ...


In both incarnations, the character was a military official—scientist Allen Adam in the Charlton version, Air Force pilot Nathaniel Adam in the DC version—who was caught in a scientific experiment and “atomized.” He was able to reform his body, and found that he had acquired superhuman strength and endurance, the ability to fly, and to project energy blasts. The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... An energy blast is a collection of energy in the form of a projectile that has destructive effects when it strikes an object. ...


Throughout the years, the character has been featured in several moderate-to-short lived eponymous series, and has been a member of DC’s all-star Justice League. The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ...

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Fictional history and biography

Charlton Comics (Silver Age)

The Charlton Comics version of Captain Atom was Allen Adam. The character's origin had Adam working in a special experimental rocket when it accidentally launched with him trapped inside. Entering the upper atmosphere, the rocket exploded and Adam was atomized. However, he somehow gained superpowers that included the ability to reform his body safely on the ground. He was outfitted in a red and yellow costume that apparently acted to shield people from his nuclear powers. When he "powered up", his hair changed to silver-white. Later, in his own title, he replaced this costume with a liquid-metal outfit that was under his skin, and transformed when he powered up. Captain Atom's powers were similar to such other nuclear-powered superheroes as Gold Key's Doctor Solar and Dell Comics' Nukla. Captain Atom was first published in a series of short stories in the anthology series Space Adventures # 33-40 (March 1960-June 1961) and # 42 (October 1961). Charlton began reprinting his short adventures in the anthology Strange Suspense Stories beginning with #75 (June 1965), renaming the title Captain Atom with #78 (Dec. 1965) and giving the hero full-length stories and supervillain antagonists (previous stories involved Cold War anti-Communist missions or dealing with aliens.) Captain Atom later teamed with the superhero Nightshade. The superhero Blue Beetle starred in the initial backup feature, later replaced by a Nightshade backup series. Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing cteated for comic books distributed to newstands. ... Cover to Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #15, December 1965. ... Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... Nukla was a short-lived nuclear-powered superhero published by Dell Comics in the mid 1960s. ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Nightshade (Eve Eden) is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ... Blue Beetle is the name of three fictional comic book superheroes. ...


Captain Atom was cancelled with issue #89 (Dec. 1967). In 1975, the unfinished Ditko art for issue #90 was inked by John Byrne and published in the first two issues of the official Charlton fanzine, Charleton Bullseye, as the 10-page "Showdown In Sunuria" (writer: Jon G. Michels) and the 11-page "Two Against Sunuria" (writer: Roger Stern). Captain Atom next appeared in issue #7 (May 1982) of the new-talent showcase comic also called Charlton Bullseye, in a story by writer Benjamin Smith and artist/co-writer Dan Reed, which for some reason returned him to his original red-yellow outfit. The character's last pre-DC appearance was in AC Comics' one-shot Americomics Special #1 (Aug. 1983), in a story teaming the Charlton "Action Heroes" Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Nightshade and The Question as the Sentinels of Justice. This last story had originally been done for Charlton before the company folded. John Lindley Byrne (born July 6, 1950) is a British-born naturalised American author and artist of comic books. ... Charton Bullseye is a fanzine published by the CPL Gang. ... The Hobgoblin character co-created by Stern. ... AC Comics evolved out of Paragon Publications, and was known as Americomics in its first year of existence. ... The Question is an American comic book superhero. ... Sentinels of Justice is a fictional organization of superheroes. ...


The actual Charlton characters made their re-appearance in the DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths, which introduced Earth-Four as the native reality of Captain Atom on which he had had all his Charlton era adventures. By the series end, Earth-Four (and the Charlton characters) was incorporated into the Post-Crisis DC reality. The last appearance of this Charlton-era Captain Atom was in DC Comics Presents #90 (February 1986). Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... The Earths of the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each one. ... DC Comics Presents. ...


DC Comics (Post-Crisis)

Captain Atom


Cover to Captain Atom: Armageddon #1 (2005).
Art by Alex Ross and Jim Lee, paying homage to Steve Ditko (see cover above). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (477x720, 296 KB)Cover to Captain Atom: Armageddon #1. ... Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, illustrator and plotter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Stephen Ditko (born 2 November 1927) is a renowned American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Captain Atom # 1 (March 1987)
Created by Joe Gill
Steve Ditko
Revamped by:
Cary Bates
Pat Broderick
Characteristics
Alter ego Nathaniel Christopher Adam
Team
affiliations
Justice League
L.A.W.
United States Air Force
Notable aliases Monarch, Allen Adam, Cameron Scott
Abilities Invulnerability due to metallic skin, Manipulation of Quantum Field energy for Superhuman strength, speed and endurance, Flight, Durability, Time-travel, Energy blasts, Techno-interface, Minor atomic transmutation and huge energy absorption

A new, post-Crisis version of the character was introduced in 1986 with the launch of a monthly comic written by Cary Bates (long-time writer of The Flash and Superman), co-written by Greg Weisman and drawn by Pat Broderick. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Joe Gill was a writer who worked in the comics industry. ... Stephen Ditko (born 2 November 1927) is a renowned American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. ... Cary Bates is a comic book and animation writer. ... Pat Broderick is a comic book artist. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... The L.A.W. was a six-issue limited series that ran from September 1999 to February of 2000. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Monarch is the name of a DC Comics supervillain created by Archie Goodwin, Denny ONeil and Dan Jurgens. ... Cary Bates is a comic book and animation writer. ... The Flash. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Greg Weisman (born September 28, 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is an American animation writer and producer most famous as the creator of the animated television series Gargoyles. ... Pat Broderick is a comic book artist. ...

Cover to Captain Atom #1, written by Cary Bates & art by Pat Broderick.

This modern captain's name was established as Nathaniel Christopher Adam, a United States Air Force officer of the Vietnam War era. Adam had been framed for a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to death under the watch of Col. Wade Eiling in 1968. As an alternative to execution, he was invited to participate in a military experiment with little chance of survival, in exchange for a presidential pardon. The experiment involved testing the hull of a crashed alien ship's durability by exploding a super nuclear bomb under it. Adam survived as the metal melted into his body and the excess energy threw him forward in time nearly twenty years (not incidentally, this coating with alien metal gave the revised character a full-body silvered metal look distinctly different from his previous incarnations.) Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1322x2010, 3020 KB) Captain Atom #1 1986 Author: Carey Bates Art: Pat Broderick This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1322x2010, 3020 KB) Captain Atom #1 1986 Author: Carey Bates Art: Pat Broderick This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of... Cary Bates is a comic book and animation writer. ... Pat Broderick is a comic book artist. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare branch of the United States armed forces and one of the seven uniformed services. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... General Wade Eiling is a military character and supervillain from DC Comics. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ...


Regaining coherence in 1986, Adam found himself a man out of his time and in the hands of Eiling, now a general and the second husband of Adam's now-deceased wife. Everyone had assumed that Nathaniel Adam had died on the day of the experiment, so his presidential pardon was never issued and the current government refused to acknowledge the previous administration's promised pardon. Seizing the opportunity at hand, the government used the outstanding murder/treason charges against Adam to blackmail him into being a government-controlled superhero (codenamed Captain Atom). The events of the Charlton stories were established as simply the cover story for Adam, who also was assigned the alias of Cameron Scott, an Air Force intelligence operative. It was during this time he met the superpowered terrorist, Plastique, who would become a recurring part of Nathaniel's life. Plastique (real name Bette Sans Souci) is a DC Comics character who has evolved over the decades from supervillain to superhero, one of a handful of DC characters depicted as Canadian in origin. ...


Upon his initial return from the Quantum Field, Nathaniel Adam was portrayed as the classic "man out of his time". Early conflicts involved him coming to terms with his lost time with his children (who were now close to his current age as a result of the time jump), the death of his wife (who had married his nemesis Eiling prior to dying), and the overall ramifications of his newly acquired powers.


Atom/Adam served under Eiling reluctantly, while succeeding in clearing his name. Eventually, Atom rebelled against Eiling, resigned from the Air Force and found some fulfillment as an actual superhero. Captain Atom joined the Justice League at the request of the U.S. government, eventually serving as leader of Justice League Europe. During his career he had a brief romance with Catherine Cobert, developed a friendly "rivalry" with Firestorm, become involved with and eventually married to Plastique (ironically, a one-time Firestorm foe), battled Major Force (his would-be successor), learned basic heroics from Batman when he briefly lost access to the Quantum Field, and commanded the metahuman forces during the Invasion storyline. The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... Justice League Europe was a DC Comics book run that was a spin-off of Justice League International (which was renamed Justice League America at the time). ... Catherine Maureen Cobert is a fictional character published by DC comics. ... Firestorm is a DC Comics superhero. ... Major Force (Clifford Zmeck) is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


In 1991, Captain Atom was cancelled with #57, as Atom was slated to become the hero-turned-villain Monarch in DC's Armageddon 2001 crossover event; however, when word of this leaked out, DC changed the ending at the last minute. Atom and the Monarch character continued battling through time in Armageddon: The Alien Agenda limited series, until he was returned to his own time at the conclusion. Captain Atom then returned to the League, founding an offshoot team, Extreme Justice in 1995. Whilst leading Extreme Justice, Captain Atom came across another version of Monarch, this one claiming to be the real Nathaniel Adam. Later in 1999, he was a member of the poorly-received all-Charlton-character group L.A.W.. In 2003, he again teamed up with several former members of the Justice League as the "Super Buddies" in the humorous limited series Formerly Known as the Justice League. Around this time various stories reintroduced Atom's conflict between his role in the superhero community and his responsibilities as a government agent. Monarch is the name of a DC Comics supervillain created by Archie Goodwin, Denny ONeil and Dan Jurgens. ... Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ... [Please note: All of the events described here occur immediately after issue 2 of Armageddon 2001 (cover date October 1990). ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Extreme Justice #0. ... The L.A.W. was a six-issue limited series that ran from September 1999 to February of 2000. ... The Super Buddies are a team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe who appeared in the six-issue Formerly Known as the Justice League miniseries in 2003, and its 2005 sequel, I Cant Believe Its Not the Justice League (published in JLA Classified). ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ...


At some point, Atom's marriage to Plastique appears to have ended in separation or divorce. Apart from a brief mention of her at the beginning of L.A.W., the marriage appears to be forgotten. Plastique has reappeared in 2006 as a villainess again, undoing her reformation into a heroine.


Later in 2003, writer Jeph Loeb returned Captain Atom to his roots as he went back to work for the government, this time for President Lex Luthor in the first story arc of the Superman/Batman series. Atom seemingly sacrificed his life to save Superman and Earth by piloting a starship to destroy a kryptonite meteor, but as it had previously been established that this type of accident could not kill him, he soon returned to life and to the background of the DC Universe. In a 2005 issue of Superman/Batman it was made clear that Captain Atom survived the collision with the kryptonite meteor, but after absorbing massive amounts of radiation and becoming a super villain described as a "Kryptonite Man", the radiation was siphoned out of Captain Atom by a device made by Hiro Okamura (the new Toyman) which returned Captain Atom to his usual self (if somewhat confused). Joseph Jeph Loeb III (b. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional character owned by DC Comics. ... Superman/Batman is a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publishers two most popular characters: Superman and Batman. ... Superman/Batman is a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publishers two most popular characters: Superman and Batman. ... The Kryptonite Man is a supervillain who appears in stories published by DC Comics. ... The Toyman is a fictional comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe and an enemy of Superman. ...


"Armageddon" and WorldStorm

In 2005/2006, Captain Atom appeared in a nine-part limited series entitled Captain Atom: Armageddon under DC's Wildstorm imprint. Captain Atom's sacrifice in Superman/Batman sent him to the WildStorm universe for a certain amount of time in which this series took place. In this title, he wore the yellow/red outfit seen in the Kingdom Come series. The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... WildStorm Productions, or simply WildStorm or Wildstorm, is a publishing imprint and studio of American comic book publisher DC Comics. ...


At the moment of his apparent death, Captain Atom experienced a time-shift coinciding with his 2005 appearance in Superman/Batman, resulting in his arrival in the Wildstorm Universe. He quickly gets into a fight with an overzealous Mr. Majestic and the fight ended with Majestic soundly defeated. Seeing the frightened reactions of onlookers, and puzzling over his own altered appearance, he realizes that he has somehow become trapped on an alternate Earth, one where super-heroes are feared by the general populace. Mistaken by the local super-heroes as the force destined to destroy their universe, he was in fact an instrument used ultimately by Nikola Hanssen, new host for half the essence of the Void, to reclaim her whole power (partially lodged in his own body, and cause of his altered appearance) and use it to trigger the reboot of the WildStorm universe, in the WorldStorm event. Wildstorm Wildstorm Productions, or simply WildStorm, is an American publisher of comic books. ... Mr. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... Void is a fictional character in the Wildstorm universe. ... WorldStorm is a partial reboot and crossover event that redefined the Wildstorm fictional universe of comic books, resulting in a new status quo for its characters. ...

Captain Atom's ultimatum,art by Dan Jurgens.
Captain Atom's ultimatum,
art by Dan Jurgens.

Captain Atom was returned to the DC Universe in Infinite Crisis #7 when Superboy-Prime punctured his Earth-Eight counterpart Breach. One Year Later, Captain Atom is revealed to be contained inside Blüdhaven and used to administer radiation treatments to metahumans. Apparently Void, able to finally let him go home, was unable to ensure his safety, and multiple damages on his radiation-shielding skin had left him comatose and unable to keep down his body radiations to safe levels, forcing the Atomic Knights to keep him constantly contained. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (385x800, 570 KB) Summary Copyright DC Comics, artist Dan Jurgens, Battle for Bludhaven #6 Licensing This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (385x800, 570 KB) Summary Copyright DC Comics, artist Dan Jurgens, Battle for Bludhaven #6 Licensing This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it... Dan Jurgens is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Breach is a fictional character, a comic book series from DC Comics. ... One Year Later event logo. ... Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Universe. ... Atomic Knight is a DC Comics superhero and was briefly a member of the Outsiders team. ...


After being fitted with an updated version of the Monarch armor (Armageddon 2001) to contain his radiation, the Captain awakens. Seeming to be mentally unstable, he breaks free, apparently kills the rampaging Major Force, and then releases a vast amount of energy, obliterating what was left of Blüdhaven. He remains missing until Kyle Rayner, now known as Ion, discovers him in The Bleed, a place between dimensions. The Captain indicates that he is travelling through The Bleed in order to operate outside the gaze of the Monitors. He discusses his time in the Wildstorm Universe, and his desire to visit other alternate worlds.[1] Monarch is the name of a DC Comics supervillain created by Archie Goodwin, Denny ONeil and Dan Jurgens. ... Armageddon 2001 was a highly controversial 1991 crossover/event miniseries published by DC Comics. ... Major Force (Clifford Zmeck) is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... Kyle Rayner is a fictional character, a superhero from the DC Comics universe, known for most of his publication history as Green Lantern, a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, and at times as Ion. ... The Monitor was a character created by comic book writer Marv Wolfman and comics artist George Pérez as one of the main characters of DC Comics Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. ...


Countdown

Main article: Countdown (DC Comics)

Monarch appears in the last panel of Countdown #45. He appears to be observing Forerunner. In his weekly interview on Newsarama.com, Mike Marts revealed that Countdown #44 bears a cover by Ed Benes with the Monarch armor. [2], as in the same issue Monarch manages to sway Forerunner to his side, turning her against the Monitors. An upcoming series, Countdown: Arena features Monarch battling alternate versions of characters throughout the Multiverse to compile the strike team for his new Multiverse army, specifically one Superman, one Batman, a Wonder Woman, a Green Lantern, a Flash, a Blue Beetle, a Nightshade, a Starman, and a Ray.[1] Countdown is a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 9, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the last issue of 52. ... Forerunner is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Monitor (comics). ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine created by William Moulton Marston. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... Blue Beetle is the name of three fictional comic book superheroes. ... Nightshade (Eve Eden) is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ... Starman can refer to a number of things: Starman is the name of a number of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... The Ray is the name of three fictional characters, all superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ...


Powers and abilities

  • Captain Atom's metallic shell, or "skin", is composed of a portion of the alien being known as Silver Shield, and is called Dilustel. Pieces of the alien's metal body were used in Project Atom, and on later subjects like Major Force and Bombshell. Nathaniel is able to coat himself with the metal, either partially or totally. Atom's symbiosis with the metal is such that even partially armored he is able to access the Quantum Field. The metal is almost totally indestructible, resistant to various degrees of damage from energy, physical, heat, lasers, etc. Only X-Ionizer technology can cut the metal because that is what the Captain Atom Project used to remove the Silver Shield's skin. The katana wielded by the "Cambodian" that once sliced through Atom's side was also X-Ionized. The magical guns of the Crimson Avenger were able to crack his skin. Breaking through it causes Captain Atom to Quantum Jump as if he had absorbed too much energy.
  • Captain Atom's Dilustel skin is tied into the Quantum Field, which enables him to absorb and manipulate theoretically infinite amounts of energy, the amount of which he can use is, of course, limited by his will power. If Atom absorbs too much energy at once, he is sent hurling through time. Depending on the type of energy absorbed, he either goes forward or backward in time. This energy can be used for flight (which is generally faster than the speed of sound in Earth's atmosphere and up to half-light speed in the vacuum of space), super strength (shown at times to be on par with Superman or Martian Manhunter), self sustenance and life support allowing him to live and even speak in space, fire and control energy of any form. He commonly manipulates his energy into force field bubbles, or explosive 'bombs', but the most common form is a simple blast.
  • Over the years, Captain Atom has become an expert at his energy manipulation and he can fire from any point on his body, although he usually uses his hands for ease of aiming. He can fire in multiple directions at once or from every point of his body at once. Several times he has "detonated", releasing a massive amount of energy at once, destroying objects within a certain radius. Most recently, he used this ability to destroy the city of Blüdhaven. On more than one occasion, he has used his ability to manipulate all forms of energy to prevent a foe using their own powers, such as the Ray and Firestorm.
  • Captain Atom can also create matter in the same manner he creates energy. Originally, he needed a pair of gloves invented by Blue Beetle to do so, but he later learned to do so without them. In the same way, he learned to access weak force energy. With focus and effort, Captain Atom can increase any of his abilities to the match the amount of will power he uses to gain it.
  • As of Captain Atom: Armageddon #4, Captain Atom has demonstrated minor atomic transmutation powers, as he was able to turn both Maul and Engineer back to their human forms. This power can be used instinctively or through concentration. He has also shown the ability to telepathically interface with computer networks in addition to those listed above.
  • In Captain Atom: Armageddon #7, Captain Atom has shown time-travelling capabilities without quantum jumping. Captain Atom states that through concentration, he can briefly travel ahead in time ("about a week or so"). The process is exhausting and the period he can interact in the future appears to be limited to a few minutes before he returns to the present.
  • Recently, writers and editors have introduced a radioactive aspect of Captain Atom's physical makeup. This seems to contradict the quantum nature of Atom's powers as originally introduced as he didn't emit radiation when his skin was cut open.
  • Towards the end of his series' run, Captain Atom was speculated as being an Elemental (Quantum Elemental) along with Swamp Thing (Earth), Red Tornado (Air), Firestorm (Fire), and Naiad (Water).
  • In addition to his superhuman abilities, Nathaniel Adam is also an experienced United States Air Force pilot. He is especially skilled in combat piloting and is also trained in military weaponry, strategy, and hand-to-hand combat. Adam also has strong survival instincts derived from his experiences during the Vietnam War. It is notable that he is one of the few superheroes with a "Captain" appellation that corresponds to a military rank he has actually held.

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Other versions

  • The rights to Captain Atom and most other Charlton characters were purchased by DC Comics in the early 1980s. Originally, these Charlton characters were to be reintroduced in writer Alan Moore's limited series Watchmen; however, this was deemed to render the characters unusable for future stories, and characters inspired by the Charlton originals were used instead. For Captain Atom, the stand-in was Doctor Manhattan.
  • Captain Atom was briefly shown in flashbacks in Alex Ross and Mark Waid's comic Kingdom Come as a member of Magog's Justice Battalion, along with the rest of the Charlton "Action Heroes". His death/detonation at the hands of the villain Parasite, and the irradiation of Kansas this caused, was what made Superman return to action. His outfit in this comic was a combination of his original Charlton uniform and his later DC costume.
  • In 2004, DC launched an ongoing series called Breach. The series was originally planned as a revamp of the Captain Atom concept, but was subsequently reconceived as a completely new character.[citation needed] it was revealed by Alexander Luthor that Breach would have been a native of Earth-8 if the Multiverse continued to exist after Crisis on Infinite Earths as his world's counterpart to Captain Atom.[3]
  • A new character named Bombshell shares his powers, although this character is a villainess.

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Alternate versions

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-4". As a result of Mister Mind "eating" aspects of this reality, it takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-4, including Captain Atom and the other Charlton characters. The names of the characters are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear, the Captain Atom is visually similar to Charlton's original version of the character.[4] 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. ...


Based on comments by Grant Morrison, this alternate universe is not the pre-Crisis Earth-4.[5] Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ...


Other media

Captain Atom (DC version) as depicted in Justice League Unlimited.
Captain Atom (DC version) as depicted in Justice League Unlimited.

The character appeared in the animated television series, Justice League Unlimited. In that series, his premise is closer to that of Wildfire of the Legion of Super Heroes, in that Atom is a disembodied mass of sentient energy contained in a special suit. He serves as a mild antagonistic political foil for Green Arrow in much the same way the Silver Age Hawkman did in the comics; that is, they pursue bickering conflict between the military officer and the former peace activist, although this type of conflict has not been developed since the pair made peace in their first mission together. Screen Capture Still from the Justice League Unlimited Television series. ... Screen Capture Still from the Justice League Unlimited Television series. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Wildfire is a fictional character who exists in 30th and 31st centuries of the DC Comics universe. ... The Legion of Super-Heroes is a team of comic book superheroes in the future. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... A silver age is a name often given to a particular period within a history, typically as a lesser and later successor to a golden age, the metal silver generally being valuable, but less so than gold. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


In later episodes, Captain Atom is seen fulfilling the role of an all-around powerhouse with severely conflicted loyalties; examples of this role include controlling a nuclear reactor ("Task Force X"), then later being coerced into fighting Superman by his superiors in the U.S. Air Force, who at the time were acting on instructions from Project Cadmus ("Question Authority"). In his first appearance ("Initiation") he was voiced by CSI's George Eads while his later appearances were voiced by Chris Cox. The JLU version of the character speaks with a slight Texas accent, and whose true identity is "Captain Nathaniel Adams". Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Project Cadmus is a fictional government genetic engineering project in the DC Comics Universe. ... List of Justice League episodes Initiation is the series premiere of the Justice League Unlimited TV series. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... George Eads George Coleman Eads III (born March 1, 1967) is an American actor, best known for his role as Nick Stokes on the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. ... Chris Cox is a film maker and voice artist. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Collections

  • Captain Atom: Armageddon (by Will Pfeifer and Giuseppe Camuncoli, Wildstorm, 192 pages, November 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1106-2)
  • Action Heroes Archive Volume 1 reprints the Captain Atom stories from "Space Adventures" and "Captain Atom" issues #78-82 (ISBN 1-4012-0302-7).

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References

  1. ^ Ion #10
  2. ^ Counting Down with Mike Marts: Countdown #45
  3. ^ Infinite Crisis #5 (Apr 2006) DC Comics
  4. ^  52 #52 May 2, 2007  DC Comics (13/5)
  5. ^ Brady, Matt (2007-05-08). The 52 Exit Interviews: Grant Morrison. Newsarama. Retrieved on 2007-05-12.


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