History Comicbook / CaptainAtom

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.]]
18th Oct '15 10:21:24 AM nombretomado
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* VitriolicBestBuds: Cap and PowerGirl in ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Europe]]''.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Cap and PowerGirl ComicBook/PowerGirl in ''[[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Europe]]''.
10th Oct '15 10:36:21 AM nombretomado
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* SecretKeeper: After ComicBook/BlueBeetle, ComicBook/BoosterGold, and [[NewGods Mister Miracle]] discover that Captain Atom's origin is faked they decide not to reveal that to the public.

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* SecretKeeper: After ComicBook/BlueBeetle, ComicBook/BoosterGold, and [[NewGods [[ComicBook/NewGods Mister Miracle]] discover that Captain Atom's origin is faked they decide not to reveal that to the public.
9th Oct '15 6:59:22 PM nombretomado
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A new Captain Atom ongoing is one of the titles in DC's {{New 52}} relaunch.

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A new Captain Atom ongoing is one of the titles in DC's {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch.
15th Sep '15 8:42:22 PM nombretomado
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A CharltonComics superhero who got incorporated into {{the DCU}} following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.

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A CharltonComics superhero who got incorporated into {{the DCU}} following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.
''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''.



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 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 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 PostCrisis 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.
13th Sep '15 4:02:37 PM nombretomado
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It was some while before Captain Atom returned to the spotlight in ''Captain Atom: Armageddon'' (2005-2006), a nine-issue miniseries that saw Nathaniel trapped in the Wildstorm universe, trying to find his way back to the DCU. He finally made it... but unfortunately, he was just in time for a FaceHeelTurn, becoming Monarch for real in the run-up to ''CountdownToFinalCrisis''. Monarch was eventually defeated in the course of ''Countdown'', disappearing from sight.

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It was some while before Captain Atom returned to the spotlight in ''Captain Atom: Armageddon'' (2005-2006), a nine-issue miniseries that saw Nathaniel trapped in the Wildstorm universe, trying to find his way back to the DCU. He finally made it... but unfortunately, he was just in time for a FaceHeelTurn, becoming Monarch for real in the run-up to ''CountdownToFinalCrisis''.''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. Monarch was eventually defeated in the course of ''Countdown'', disappearing from sight.
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