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Radioactive Man

Radioactive Man and Fallout Boy (as a hippie). From the cover of Radioactive Man #216.
Publisher Bongo Comics
First appearance In Simpsons TV show: Bart the Genius (first mention), Three Men and a Comic Book (first appearance of comic book)
Created by Morty Mann (fictional creator)
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Real name Claude Kane III
Status Active
Affiliations Superior Squad
Previous affiliations Superior Squadron
Notable aliases Radio Man
Notable relatives Camellia Kane/Pneumatica (mother), Claude Kane II (father), Rod Runtledge (ward)
Notable powers Strength, speed, flight, invulnerability, power to fire beams of "clean, nuclear heat" from eyes

Radioactive Man, within the world of the animated series The Simpsons, is a comic book superhero who acquired his powers after surviving an atomic bomb explosion. He looks and sounds suspiciously like a muscular Homer Simpson. His sidekick is Fallout Boy, and his catchphrase is "Up and Atom!" Download high resolution version (400x602, 68 KB) This image is the cover of an individual issue of a comic book. ... Flower-Power Bus Hippie (also hippy) is a term originally used to describe some of the rebellious youth of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Examples of comic book titles published by Bongo Comics Bongo Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Homer, a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, is a generally well-meaning buffoon whose short attention span often draws him into outrageous schemes and adventures. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Superman (left) and Batman, two of the most recognizable and influential superheroes. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, 1945, rose some 18 km (11 mi) above the epicenter. ... Homer Jay Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is one of the main characters in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Fallout is the residual radiation hazard from a nuclear explosion and is named from the fact that it falls out of the atmosphere in to which it is spread during the explosion. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Properties For alternative meanings see atom (disambiguation). ...


Within the Simpsons universe, Radioactive Man has been portrayed in many media since his debut in "Radioactive Man" #1 in 1952. In addition to comic books, he was featured in at least one 1940s or 1950s era black-and-white serial, sponsored by Laramie Cigarettes. Dirk Richter, reportedly born 1922 (he was said to be 73 years old (and dead) in 1995), played Radioactive Man and Buddy Hodges played Fallout Boy. Dirk Richter was apparently shot to death in a bordello sometime in the 1960s (a reference to the mysterious death of George Reeves, the first actor to portray Superman on television). Radioactive decay is the set of various processes by which unstable atomic nuclei (nuclides) emit subatomic particles. ... 1952 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... // Events and trends The 1940s were seen as a transition period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s, which also leads the period to be divided in two halves: The first half of the decade was dominated by World War II, the widest and most destructive armed conflict in... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby boom from returning... Laramie Cigarettes is a fictional brand of cigarettes occasionally seen on the animated TV show The Simpsons. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... George Reeves as Superman (1951) George Bessolo Reeves (born George Keefer Brewer) (January 6, 1914 – June 16, 1959) was an American actor, best known for playing the role of Superman primarily on television in the 1950s. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938 and eventually became the most popular and well-known comic book icon of all time. ...


There was also a campy early 1970s TV series suspiciously resembling the Batman TV series, and boasted the appearance of a supervillain called "The Scoutmaster", who sounded like Paul Lynde. The term camp—normally used as an adjective, even though earliest recorded uses employed it mainly as a verb—refers to the deliberate and sophisticated use of kitsch, mawkish or corny themes and styles in art, clothing or conversation. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Batman was the title of an exceptionally popular TV series based on the comic-book character Batman that aired on ABC TV for 2 1/2 seasons from 12 January 1966 to 14 March 1968. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypical supervillains. ... Paul Lynde Paul Edward Lynde (June 13, 1926–January 10, 1982) was an American comedian and actor. ...


In 1995, a Hollywood studio attempted to film a Radioactive Man movie in Springfield. The movie starred Rainier Wolfcastle (Springfield's answer to Arnold Schwarzenegger), as Radioactive Man. The role of Fallout Boy was cast from local children. Bart Simpson, a huge Radioactive Man fan, tried out for the part, but it went to his pal, Milhouse Van Houten. Krusty the Clown was cast as villains Dr. Clownius and Silly Sailor. Wolfcastle is incapable of saying the "Up and Atom!" catchphrase correctly; it always comes out as "Up and at them!". The movie was never completed due to budget overruns caused by constant price-gouging by Springfield vendors, and Milhouse snapping from the pressure of the role, and refusing to continue to portray Fallout Boy. The unfinished project was presumably shelved. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Jebediah Springfield, founder. ... Rainier Wolfcastle Rainier Wolfcastle (voiced by Harry Shearer) is a fictional character featured in the television cartoon The Simpsons. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30, 1947 in Thal, Styria, Austria) is an Austrian-American actor, Republican politician, and bodybuilder, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Bartholomew Jo-Jo Bart Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Milhouse Van Houten Milhouse Van Houten is Bart Simpsons best friend, and is most distinctive for his extreme nearsightedness requiring thick glasses to correct. ... Herschel Pinkus Yerucham Krustofski, more commonly known as Krusty the Clown is a fictional character in the cartoon The Simpsons. ...


The Bongo Comic

Radioactive Man has escaped from the fictional world of Bart Simpson to appear in a real comic book intermittently published by Bongo Comics, which has also published, since 1994, a number of comics featuring Bart Simpson, the Simpson family, and other characters from the television show. Examples of comic book titles published by Bongo Comics Bongo Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1993 by Steve and Cindy Vance, Bill Morrison, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Bartholomew Jo-Jo Bart Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. ...


Maintaining the satirical standards of the television show, these comics often parody genre comic books, and the reader can follow the evolution of Radioactive Man from a 1950s irradiated hero through the politically reactionary or radical years of the 1960s and 1970s, and the dark, troubled years of the 1980s and 1990s comic book hero. The comics are published as if they were the actual Simpsons universe's Radioactive Man comics; a "1970s"-published comic features a letter written by a ten-year-old Marge Simpson, for instance. // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby boom from returning... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ... Marge Simpson Marge Simpson garbage can, at Union Station in Toronto Marjorie Marge Bouvier Simpson (voiced by Julie Kavner) is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. ...


Within the Bongo Comics, Radioactive Man is secretly Claude Kane III, a millionaire layabout whose personality was well-intentioned, but bumbling and not overly bright. In addition (which became a recurring storyline element), Claude's personality was permanently stuck in a conservative 1950s outlook on everything, no matter what the time era in question was. His father was a noted scientist and explorer, while his mother was (until a 1995 comic) missing for many years, ultimately to be revealed as having been turned into Radioactive Man's enemy, the robot Pneumatica. The same issue also revealed that Radioactive Man's "1940s" counterpart/predecessor was known as "Radio Man" (who had power over radio waves). Radioactive Man's worst enemy is the mad scientist Dr. Crab (a human who was mutated into a humanoid crab). // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby boom from returning... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A humanoid robot playing the trumpet In practical usage, a robot is a mechanical device which performs its tasks either according to direct human control, partial control with human supervision, or completely autonomously. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were seen as a transition period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s, which also leads the period to be divided in two halves: The first half of the decade was dominated by World War II, the widest and most destructive armed conflict in... They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! A mad scientist is a stock character of popular fiction, either villainous, or benign and scatterbrained. ... The term humanoid refers to any being whose body structure resembles that of a human. ... Sections Dromiacea Raninoida Heterotremata Thoracotremata The term crab is often applied to several different groups of short (nose to tail) decapods with thick exoskeletons, but only members of the Brachyura are true crabs; other taxa, such as hermit crabs, porcelain crabs, king crabs, and horseshoe crabs are, despite superficial similarities...


Radioactive Man's secret hideout was called the "Containment Dome", a geodesic dome-like facility that lacked a door (which Radioactive Man constantly kept forgetting to put in). In mathematics, a geodesic is a generalization of the notion of a straight line to curved spaces. ...


Radioactive Man lived in the fictional city of Zenith; among his associates included:

  • Gloria Grand: a parody of Lois Lane, Gloria was a reporter for television station WZEN (in the "1950s" and "early 1960s" comics, WZEN was a radio station). Despite Claude's feelings for her, Gloria regarded him as an annoying dunce, and preferred Radioactive Man (parodying the Lois Lane-Superman-Clark Kent "triangle").
  • Rod Runtledge, aka Fallout Boy: Radioactive Man's sidekick, Rod was an orphan who lived with his Aunt June until Claude took him in as his ward. Early on (as revealed in a flashback in a "1962" comic), Rod gained powers similar to Radioactive Man's, and adopted a crimefighting identity. Fallout Boy was a parody of Batman's sidekick, Robin.
  • The Superior Squad: A superhero team that Radioactive Man was a member of. The team's 1940s predecessor was known as the "Superior Squadron." The Superior Squad operated out of the Mando Building. Members of the Superior Squad included:
    • Captain Squid: a parody of Aquaman or Namor the Sub-Mariner. Capt. Squid possessed squidlike tentacles beneath his gloves, and had an unrequited crush on Lure Lass.
    • Lure Lass: possessed an "alluring power". Had an unrequited crush on Capt. Squid.
    • Bug Boy: a buglike mutant, Bug Boy was a child genius and the team's scientist. He could also control other insects. As of a "1984" comic, he now goes by his real name, Dr. Bix Bentley, in an attempt to restore some dignity.
    • Weasel Woman: a parody of Wolverine, Weasel Woman possessed razor-sharp nails.
    • Plasmo the Mystic: a mystical sorcerer, whose face was hidden under a hooded cloak.
    • Bleeding Heart: a parody of Green Arrow. His real name was Miles Mando, who (unknown to the others) was the millionaire financier of the team. In the "1960s" comics, his original name was "Purple Heart", which he later changed to "Bleeding Heart" in "1972" after briefly losing his fortune and adapting a socially conscientious attitude. In "1986," Miles Mando once again changed his name, this time to "Heart of Darkness." Bleeding Heart was the only team member without any superpowers.

Radioactive Man (within the Simpsons universe) was created by Morty Mann, a fellow resident at Grandpa Simpson's retirement home. Mann had sold the rights to Radioactive Man for a miniscule sum, but thanks to Bart, regained a role in producing a new Radioactive Man comic (Simpsons Comics and Stories #1). Lois Lane is a fictional character who appears in the Superman stories produced by DC Comics. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby boom from returning... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in June of 1938 and eventually became the most popular and well-known comic book icon of all time. ... Superman, nicknamed The Man of Steel, is a fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and eventually became one of the most popular and well-known comic book icons of all time. ... Aka can refer to the following meanings: Aka is an initialism for Also Known As. ... In law, a ward is someone placed under the protection of a legal guardian. ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The comic book character Batman, originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman, is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... A classic image of Batman and Robin reinterpreted by painter Alex Ross. ... // Events and trends The 1940s were seen as a transition period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s, which also leads the period to be divided in two halves: The first half of the decade was dominated by World War II, the widest and most destructive armed conflict in... Aquaman is a DC Comics superhero. ... Namor the Sub-Mariner is a fictional character featured in Marvel Comics, and one of the oldest superhero characters. ... This page is about the year 1984. ... Wolverine (Logan, later revealed to have been born James Howlett) is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero, and member of the X-Men. ... Green Arrow (Oliver Ollie Queen) is a DC Comics superhero. ... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Abraham Jasper Simpson (Grampa or Abe) is a fictional character featured in the animated cartoon television series The Simpsons. ...


Comic bibliography

Bongo publishes new issues of Radioactive Man twice a year. A list of the issues published so far:

  • Radioactive Man #1 ("1952"): The first appearance and origin of Radioactive Man; a parody of Golden Age comics.
  • Radioactive Man #4 ("1953")
  • Radioactive Man #88 ("1962"): features a "retelling" of the origin of Fallout Boy; a parody of Silver Age Marvel comics.
  • Radioactive Man #100 ("1963")
  • Radioactive Man #106 ("1963")
  • Radioactive Man #136 ("1966")
  • Radioactive Man #197 ("1971")
  • Radioactive Man 80-Page Colossal: a "reprint" of various "previous" Radioactive Man stories; a parody of various Silver Age DC Comics stories, as well as DC's 80 Page Giants, a series of 80-page-long reprints of previous material that DC published in the 1960s.
  • Radioactive Man #216 ("1972"): a parody of the "relevant" age of 1970s comics, including the famous Green Lantern/Green Arrow series.
  • Radioactive Man #222 ("1973")
  • Radioactive Man #412 ("1980"): a parody of the "Dark Phoenix" storyline in the X-Men comics.
  • Radioactive Man #575 ("1984"): a parody of various independent 1980s comics.
  • Radioactive Man #679 ("1986"): a parody of several 1980s comic storylines, particularly Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Dark Knight Returns.
  • Radioactive Man #1000 ("1995"): a parody of 1990s comics, including Image Comics' Spawn.
  • Bongo Super-Heroes #7
  • Radioactive Man Movie Special: the "official" comic book adaptation of the Radioactive Man movie (as seen in the Simpsons episode "Radioactive Man")

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External links

  • Radioactive Man Comics Guide
  • Radioactive Man at International Catalogue of Superheroes
  • Radioactive Man Database

 
 

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