History Comicbook / TheAtom

26th Dec '15 11:42:31 AM nombretomado
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The second Atom was introduced during the TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and had nothing in common with the first other than the name. He first appeared in ''"Showcase''" #34 (September, 1961), created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane. '''Ray Palmer''' was a physicist who found a meteor made of "[[AppliedPhlebotinum white dwarf star matter]]" that had shrinking powers (white dwarfs are "compressed" stars and so smaller than normal) so he used it to create a costume that gave him the power to shrink (all the way to subatomic size!) and also change his weight. Despite these unlikely powers he became a successful hero and joined the Justice League. Palmer is also known for having one of the worst romantic lives of any superhero: Jean Loring, his long-time girlfriend (then wife) not only cheated on him, she later [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis went insane]] and even later became a [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis supervillain]]. At one point Palmer had a series of LowFantasy adventures in the Amazon Jungle involving a tribe of really tiny humans (in the "Sword of the Atom" miniseries.)

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The second Atom was introduced during the TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks and had nothing in common with the first other than the name. He first appeared in ''"Showcase''" #34 (September, 1961), created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane. '''Ray Palmer''' was a physicist who found a meteor made of "[[AppliedPhlebotinum white dwarf star matter]]" that had shrinking powers (white dwarfs are "compressed" stars and so smaller than normal) so he used it to create a costume that gave him the power to shrink (all the way to subatomic size!) and also change his weight. Despite these unlikely powers he became a successful hero and joined the Justice League. Palmer is also known for having one of the worst romantic lives of any superhero: Jean Loring, his long-time girlfriend (then wife) not only cheated on him, she later [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis went insane]] and even later became a [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis supervillain]]. At one point Palmer had a series of LowFantasy adventures in the Amazon Jungle involving a tribe of really tiny humans (in the "Sword of the Atom" miniseries.)



* BreakoutVillain: Chronos the Time Thief, who quickly became the SilverAge version's ArchNemesis, returns as a major villain in every subsequent ''Atom'' series, and is popular enough that he keeps appearing in various other heroes' comics whenever the Atom doesn't have one.

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* BreakoutVillain: Chronos the Time Thief, who quickly became the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} version's ArchNemesis, returns as a major villain in every subsequent ''Atom'' series, and is popular enough that he keeps appearing in various other heroes' comics whenever the Atom doesn't have one.



* SquashedFlat: The focus of a SilverAge story, Fate of The Flattened Out Atom.

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* SquashedFlat: The focus of a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story, Fate of The Flattened Out Atom.
10th Oct '15 10:14:53 AM nombretomado
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The third Atom was '''Ryan Choi''', an Asian American scientist who inherited Palmer's costume after he disappeared following the events of ''Identity Crisis''. He first appeared in the one-shot ''"DCU: Brave New World''" (2006), created by Gail Simone and Grant Morrison. He starred in his own series for 25 issues (September, 2006-September, 2008). He was then unceremoniously killed off, to the chagrin of his fans (and Gail Simone). Being one of the few superheroes of color, Choi's death sparked a major controversy. Palmer appears as a major supporting character in ''[[ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfSHADE Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.]]'', without the Atom identity. Also in the {{New 52}}, Al Pratt was moved with the rest of the Golden Age [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] members to the ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} series, written by James Robinson, and given Nuklon's power set.

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The third Atom was '''Ryan Choi''', an Asian American scientist who inherited Palmer's costume after he disappeared following the events of ''Identity Crisis''. He first appeared in the one-shot ''"DCU: Brave New World''" (2006), created by Gail Simone and Grant Morrison. He starred in his own series for 25 issues (September, 2006-September, 2008). He was then unceremoniously killed off, to the chagrin of his fans (and Gail Simone). Being one of the few superheroes of color, Choi's death sparked a major controversy. Palmer appears as a major supporting character in ''[[ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfSHADE Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.]]'', without the Atom identity. Also in the {{New ComicBook/{{New 52}}, Al Pratt was moved with the rest of the Golden Age [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] members to the ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} series, written by James Robinson, and given Nuklon's power set.
8th Oct '15 6:36:04 PM nombretomado
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The third Atom was '''Ryan Choi''', an Asian American scientist who inherited Palmer's costume after he disappeared following the events of ''Identity Crisis''. He first appeared in the one-shot ''"DCU: Brave New World''" (2006), created by Gail Simone and Grant Morrison. He starred in his own series for 25 issues (September, 2006-September, 2008). He was then unceremoniously killed off, to the chagrin of his fans (and Gail Simone). Being one of the few superheroes of color, Choi's death sparked a major controversy. Palmer appears as a major supporting character in ''[[ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfSHADE Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.]]'', without the Atom identity. Also in the {{New 52}}, Al Pratt was moved with the rest of the Golden Age [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] members to the ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} series, written by James Robinson, and given Nuklon's power set.

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The third Atom was '''Ryan Choi''', an Asian American scientist who inherited Palmer's costume after he disappeared following the events of ''Identity Crisis''. He first appeared in the one-shot ''"DCU: Brave New World''" (2006), created by Gail Simone and Grant Morrison. He starred in his own series for 25 issues (September, 2006-September, 2008). He was then unceremoniously killed off, to the chagrin of his fans (and Gail Simone). Being one of the few superheroes of color, Choi's death sparked a major controversy. Palmer appears as a major supporting character in ''[[ComicBook/FrankensteinAgentOfSHADE Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.]]'', without the Atom identity. Also in the {{New 52}}, Al Pratt was moved with the rest of the Golden Age [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]] members to the ComicBook/{{Earth 2}} series, written by James Robinson, and given Nuklon's power set.
3rd Oct '15 5:47:44 PM StFan
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Actually, there have been three superheroes named The Atom. The first was '''Al Pratt'''. He first appeared in ''"All-American Comics''" #19 (October, 1940). Created by Ben Flinton and Bill O'Conner. Pratt is a short guy who gets a boost in confidence after being trained in boxing, so he becomes the masked hero, The Atom ([[DontExplainTheJoke because he's small but powerful, get it?]]) He had no actual superpowers, but was instead a BadassNormal. (It was later [[RetCon retconned]] that exposure to radiation gave him super strength.) His series continued appearing ''"All-American Comics''" until its 72nd issue (April, 1946). He was a founding member of the JusticeSociety, appearing in most of its adventures between 1940 and to 1951. He got a second series of his own in the backpages of ''"Flash Comics''". Lasting from issues #80 to #104 (February, 1947-February, 1949). The character went into hiatus in 1953, but was revived in 1963 along with other Justice Society members. He became the father of the superhero Damage and the godfather of the superhero Nuklon.

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Actually, there have been three superheroes named The Atom. The first was '''Al Pratt'''. He first appeared in ''"All-American Comics''" #19 (October, 1940). Created by Ben Flinton and Bill O'Conner. Pratt is a short guy who gets a boost in confidence after being trained in boxing, so he becomes the masked hero, The Atom ([[DontExplainTheJoke because he's small but powerful, get it?]]) He had no actual superpowers, but was instead a BadassNormal. (It was later [[RetCon retconned]] that exposure to radiation gave him super strength.) His series continued appearing ''"All-American Comics''" until its 72nd issue (April, 1946). He was a founding member of the JusticeSociety, ComicBook/{{Justice Society|OfAmerica}}, appearing in most of its adventures between 1940 and to 1951. He got a second series of his own in the backpages of ''"Flash Comics''". Lasting from issues #80 to #104 (February, 1947-February, 1949). The character went into hiatus in 1953, but was revived in 1963 along with other Justice Society members. He became the father of the superhero Damage and the godfather of the superhero Nuklon.
11th Sep '15 10:00:56 PM nombretomado
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* KilledOffForReal: Played with in ''The All-New Atom'' where, searching for Ray Palmer, the heroes find themselves in what appears to be heaven and are greeted by the spirit of former BlueBeetle Ted Kord. Ted lampshades the uneven reversibility of comics death, lamenting that he and Batman's parents are the "only people with a permanent parking spot" in the afterlife. (It turns out not really to be heaven, in fact, and not really to be Ted, but the dude (five years dead now and counting!) has a point.)

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* KilledOffForReal: Played with in ''The All-New Atom'' where, searching for Ray Palmer, the heroes find themselves in what appears to be heaven and are greeted by the spirit of former BlueBeetle ComicBook/BlueBeetle Ted Kord. Ted lampshades the uneven reversibility of comics death, lamenting that he and Batman's parents are the "only people with a permanent parking spot" in the afterlife. (It turns out not really to be heaven, in fact, and not really to be Ted, but the dude (five years dead now and counting!) has a point.)
10th Sep '15 11:56:10 AM VanillaOrchid95
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*ChickMagnet: Ryan Choi is so weirded out by the female attention he receives upon arriving at Ivy Town that he thinks it's part of the town's paranormal activity.
10th Aug '15 10:59:14 AM moloch
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* BackFromTheDead: Ryan Choi in ''[[Comicbook/{{Convergence}} Convergence]]: The Atom'', when it turns out the voice in Ray Palmer's head ''is actually Ryan''. After a fight with Barracuda, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Ryan makes himself a new body from Ray's severed hand]], before the two Atoms face down Deathstroke, who's come back to finish the job. In the end [[spoiler: Ryan steals mass from his hands rather than kill him in revenge, leaving him with ''teeny little baby hands!'']]
29th Jul '15 12:55:13 PM DeadlyAssassin
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* InNameOnly: Atom's reimagination in the silver age. He went from a short and BadassNormal boxer to a physicist who could shrink by using the power of white dwarf star.
17th Jul '15 10:01:31 PM sayaleviathan
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The Ryan Choi Atom was the most often seen in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' show, though Palmer also appeared in one episode (that was based on ''Sword Of The Atom''). Ray Palmer was the one in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]],'' and referenced in Justice League (regular). Prior to that, a future version of the Atom known as Micron appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as a member of the future Justice League. Additionally, a series of shorts dubbed ''Sword of the Atom'' were aired on the WesternAnimation/DCNation block on Creator/CartoonNetwork. Ray Palmer also has a minor recurring role in ''[[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Young Justice: Invasion]]'' as the mentor of Bumblebee. The first appearance for the Atom in other media was in the late 60's ''Superman/Aquaman Hour'' Creator/{{Filmation}} series (other DC heroes also took part in rotating segments). Palmer appears in live-action, played by Creator/BrandonRouth in the CW series ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', though his role was originally intended to be filled by the Blue Beetle, and bears rather more similarities to him than the comics' Atom. However, Palmer's shrinking abilities will be introduced in the spinoff, ''Series/TheLegendsOfTomorrow''.

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The Ryan Choi Atom was the most often seen in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' show, though Palmer also appeared in one episode (that was based on ''Sword Of The Atom''). Ray Palmer was the one in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]],'' and referenced in Justice League (regular). Prior to that, a future version of the Atom known as Micron appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as a member of the future Justice League. Additionally, a series of shorts dubbed ''Sword of the Atom'' were aired on the WesternAnimation/DCNation block on Creator/CartoonNetwork. Ray Palmer also has a minor recurring role in ''[[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Young Justice: Invasion]]'' as the mentor of Bumblebee. The first appearance for the Atom in other media was in the late 60's ''Superman/Aquaman Hour'' Creator/{{Filmation}} series (other DC heroes also took part in rotating segments). Palmer appears in live-action, played by Creator/BrandonRouth in the CW series ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', though his role was originally intended to be filled by the Blue Beetle, and bears rather more similarities to him than the comics' Atom. However, Palmer's shrinking abilities will be introduced in the spinoff, ''Series/TheLegendsOfTomorrow''.
''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''.
17th Jul '15 10:00:55 PM sayaleviathan
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The Ryan Choi Atom was the most often seen in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' show, though Palmer also appeared in one episode (that was based on ''Sword Of The Atom''). Ray Palmer was the one in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]],'' and referenced in Justice League (regular). Prior to that, a future version of the Atom known as Micron appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as a member of the future Justice League. Additionally, a series of shorts dubbed ''Sword of the Atom'' were aired on the WesternAnimation/DCNation block on Creator/CartoonNetwork. Ray Palmer also has a minor recurring role in ''[[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Young Justice: Invasion]]'' as the mentor of Bumblebee. The first appearance for the Atom in other media was in the late 60's ''Superman/Aquaman Hour'' Creator/{{Filmation}} series (other DC heroes also took part in rotating segments). Palmer appears in live-action, played by Creator/BrandonRouth in the CW series ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', though his role was originally intended to be filled by the Blue Beetle, and bears rather more similarities to him than the comics' Atom.

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The Ryan Choi Atom was the most often seen in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' show, though Palmer also appeared in one episode (that was based on ''Sword Of The Atom''). Ray Palmer was the one in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]],'' and referenced in Justice League (regular). Prior to that, a future version of the Atom known as Micron appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' as a member of the future Justice League. Additionally, a series of shorts dubbed ''Sword of the Atom'' were aired on the WesternAnimation/DCNation block on Creator/CartoonNetwork. Ray Palmer also has a minor recurring role in ''[[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Young Justice: Invasion]]'' as the mentor of Bumblebee. The first appearance for the Atom in other media was in the late 60's ''Superman/Aquaman Hour'' Creator/{{Filmation}} series (other DC heroes also took part in rotating segments). Palmer appears in live-action, played by Creator/BrandonRouth in the CW series ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', though his role was originally intended to be filled by the Blue Beetle, and bears rather more similarities to him than the comics' Atom.
Atom. However, Palmer's shrinking abilities will be introduced in the spinoff, ''Series/TheLegendsOfTomorrow''.
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