History ComicBook / CaptainAtom

4th Aug '16 7:41:58 PM C60
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** In ''Superbuddies'', he was almost killed by [[{{SHAZAM}} Mary Marvel]]. She was being {{Mind Control}}led at the time.

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** In ''Superbuddies'', he was almost killed by [[{{SHAZAM}} [[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Mary Marvel]]. She was being {{Mind Control}}led at the time.
4th Aug '16 10:28:24 AM rafi
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: Being in charge during the ''Justice League International'' period was ''extremely'' stressful for him, so much so that he was ecstatic when Catherine was promoted and made his boss. He even claimed that his ulcer spontaneously went into remission the moment he heard the news; he may or may not have been exaggerating.


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* TheComicallySerious


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* DudeWheresMyRespect


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* LetsGetDangerous: Whenever things actually get serious, Cap, who often seems kind of bumbling, will all of sudden act in a way that reminds everyone that he was a BadassNormal on par with Batman ''before'' he became a RealityWarper FlyingBrick. One very satisfying example came when the League was fighting a giant robot alongside the Global Guardians, and the fight was a stalemate until they brought the fight into the sewers, away from all the civilians. At that point, Bushmaster, one of the Guardians, said that now they could really unload on the robot, to which Cap replied, "No, now you get behind me." He then vaporized the robot with one blast.


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* MilitarySuperhero


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* OnlySaneMan: In the ''Justice League International''.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In the ''Justice League International''. Early, Power Girl was injured fighting the Grey Man. Catherine, who at that point was still Cap's secretary, decided to go over his head and order a very dangerous surgery performed, as that was the only way to save Power Girl's life; Cap had been unable to bring himself to give the order because he was afraid it would kill her. She assumed that Cap would be furious and was prepared to tender her resignation. Instead, he just told her that she had made the right call and thanked her for doing it.
31st Jul '16 8:27:24 AM nombretomado
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When DCComics bought the Charlton characters, and brought them into the DCU, they gave Captain Atom his own ongoing, written by pre-''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' Cary Bates and GregWeisman. Starting on March, 1987. This series rebooted Captain Atom from the ground up - a new character with a new origin and new powers. The ComicBook/PostCrisis Captain Atom was '''Nathaniel Adam''', a captain in the USAF, court-martialled for a crime he didn't commit. He was given a choice: a death sentence, or participation in a potentially fatal experiment -- sitting at ground zero of a nuclear explosion encased in an alien metal, in the hope of testing the metal's properties. Survival would mean freedom. Nathaniel chose the experiment. The explosion didn't kill him; what it ''did'' do was bond the alien metal to his flesh, giving him superpowers, and throwing him twenty-odd years forward into the present day. He found himself able to access the 'quantum field' that underpins reality to produce a variety of effects.

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When DCComics Creator/DCComics bought the Charlton characters, and brought them into the DCU, they gave Captain Atom his own ongoing, written by pre-''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' Cary Bates and GregWeisman. Starting on March, 1987. This series rebooted Captain Atom from the ground up - a new character with a new origin and new powers. The ComicBook/PostCrisis Captain Atom was '''Nathaniel Adam''', a captain in the USAF, court-martialled for a crime he didn't commit. He was given a choice: a death sentence, or participation in a potentially fatal experiment -- sitting at ground zero of a nuclear explosion encased in an alien metal, in the hope of testing the metal's properties. Survival would mean freedom. Nathaniel chose the experiment. The explosion didn't kill him; what it ''did'' do was bond the alien metal to his flesh, giving him superpowers, and throwing him twenty-odd years forward into the present day. He found himself able to access the 'quantum field' that underpins reality to produce a variety of effects.
14th Jul '16 12:47:06 AM PaulA
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* FishOutOfWater: This seems to be Cap's thing, whether getting thrown through time or into [[AlternateReality alternate realities]].

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* FishOutOfWater: This seems to be Cap's thing, whether getting thrown through time or into [[AlternateReality alternate realities]].{{Alternate Universe}}s.
11th Jul '16 6:24:33 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextHero: In ''Captain Atom: Armageddon'', Cap himself is this for the WildStorm Universe. The WildStorm [[{{Antihero}} heroes]], especially the more powerful ones like Mr. Majestic and the Authority, thought that they had their world pretty much in hand, and that they could handle just about anything that came their way. When Captain Atom showed up and, through no fault of his own, contracted a condition that was going to cause him to destroy the universe, they figured that they could cure him. When that failed, they figured that they could kill him. Cue a very satisfying series of {{CurbStompBattle}}s.

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* OutsideContextHero: OutsideContextProblem: In ''Captain Atom: Armageddon'', Cap himself is this for the WildStorm Universe. The WildStorm [[{{Antihero}} heroes]], especially the more powerful ones like Mr. Majestic and the Authority, thought that they had their world pretty much in hand, and that they could handle just about anything that came their way. When Captain Atom showed up and, through no fault of his own, contracted a condition that was going to cause him to destroy the universe, they figured that they could cure him. When that failed, they figured that they could kill him. Cue a very satisfying series of {{CurbStompBattle}}s.
25th Mar '16 6:36:20 PM Doug86
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A CharltonComics superhero who got incorporated into {{the DCU}} following ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

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A CharltonComics Creator/CharltonComics superhero who got incorporated into {{the Franchise/{{the DCU}} following ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
22nd Feb '16 11:43:13 PM Ramona122003
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* [[OutsideContextVillain Outside Context Hero]]: In ''Captain Atom: Armageddon'', Cap himself is this for the WildStorm Universe. The WildStorm [[{{Antihero}} heroes]], especially the more powerful ones like Mr. Majestic and the Authority, thought that they had their world pretty much in hand, and that they could handle just about anything that came their way. When Captain Atom showed up and, through no fault of his own, contracted a condition that was going to cause him to destroy the universe, they figured that they could cure him. When that failed, they figured that they could kill him. Cue a very satisfying series of {{CurbStompBattle}}s.

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* [[OutsideContextVillain Outside Context Hero]]: OutsideContextHero: In ''Captain Atom: Armageddon'', Cap himself is this for the WildStorm Universe. The WildStorm [[{{Antihero}} heroes]], especially the more powerful ones like Mr. Majestic and the Authority, thought that they had their world pretty much in hand, and that they could handle just about anything that came their way. When Captain Atom showed up and, through no fault of his own, contracted a condition that was going to cause him to destroy the universe, they figured that they could cure him. When that failed, they figured that they could kill him. Cue a very satisfying series of {{CurbStompBattle}}s.
1st Feb '16 5:57:32 AM Scorntex
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A new Captain Atom ongoing is one of the titles in DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch.

Cap's most famous {{Expy}} is Doctor Manhattan of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''.

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A new Captain Atom ongoing is was one of the titles in DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch.

relaunch. However, it didn't last too long before being cancelled.

Cap's most famous {{Expy}} is Doctor Manhattan of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. Not surprising then that when the good captain tends to show up in modern media, he frequently borrows a few aspects from the Doc.


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* WasOnceAMan: In "Generation Lost", Nate's inner monologue reveals he's becoming increasingly less human, having lost the ability to turn back to flesh and blood, and what disconcerts him most is his increasing detachment from the world around him.
23rd Jan '16 10:04:30 AM nombretomado
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The original Charlton Captain Atom was '''Allen Adam''', created by writer JoeGill and artist SteveDitko. He first appeared in ''Space Adventures'' #33 (March, 1960). Allen was a scientist in the United States Air Force who was working on an experimental rocket when it was accidentally launched. The rocket exploded in midair, taking Allen with it - but he reformed again on the ground, having somehow acquired superpowers in the explosion. Naturally, he put those powers to use as a superhero. The character regularly appeared in ''"Space Adventures''" until its issue #42 (October, 1961). Then held his own magazine from December, 1965 to December, 1967. A small number of new Captain Atom stories appeared in anthology titles of [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and [[TheEighties the early 1980s]].

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The original Charlton Captain Atom was '''Allen Adam''', created by writer JoeGill and artist SteveDitko.Creator/SteveDitko. He first appeared in ''Space Adventures'' #33 (March, 1960). Allen was a scientist in the United States Air Force who was working on an experimental rocket when it was accidentally launched. The rocket exploded in midair, taking Allen with it - but he reformed again on the ground, having somehow acquired superpowers in the explosion. Naturally, he put those powers to use as a superhero. The character regularly appeared in ''"Space Adventures''" until its issue #42 (October, 1961). Then held his own magazine from December, 1965 to December, 1967. A small number of new Captain Atom stories appeared in anthology titles of [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and [[TheEighties the early 1980s]].
21st Oct '15 11:16:20 AM StFan
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: During the first arc in SupermanBatman Nathaniel is willing to work for Lex Luthor because Luthor is President of the United States. [[spoiler:To be fair, he was depressed and lost due to his failed 2nd marriage and mostly went back to work for the government because he was trying to start over.]]

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: During the first arc in SupermanBatman ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'', Nathaniel is willing to work for Lex Luthor because Luthor is President of the United States. [[spoiler:To be fair, he was depressed and lost due to his failed 2nd marriage and mostly went back to work for the government because he was trying to start over.]]
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