49 Facts About Captain Atom


Captain Atom is a superhero appearing in American comic books, first in the 1960s by Charlton Comics before being acquired in the 1980s by DC Comics.

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Captain Atom was initially created for Charlton Comics, but was later acquired by DC Comics and revised for DC's Post-Crisis continuity.

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In 2011, DC Comics relaunched its superhero comics and rewrote the histories of some characters from scratch, including Captain Atom, giving him a new origin, appearance and slightly altered powers.

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Captain Atom was the character inspiration for Doctor Manhattan, who was featured in the miniseries Watchmen, which would be connected to the DC Universe in the miniseries Doomsday Clock.

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Captain Atom has appeared in several animated television and film adaptations of Justice League and other DC storylines since the mid-2000s, where he is depicted as a powerful member of the Justice League whose abilities place him roughly on par with the franchise's flagship character Superman.

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Captain Atom was outfitted in a red and yellow costume that was designed to shield people from the radiation of his nuclear powers.

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Captain Atom's powers were similar to such other nuclear-powered superheroes as Gold Key's Doctor Solar and Dell Comics' Nukla.

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Captain Atom later teamed with the superhero Nightshade, with whom he shared a mutual attraction.

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Captain Atom agreed to this in exchange for an unconditional presidential pardon.

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Captain Atom later succeeds in clearing his name of the original treason charge and eventually rebels against Eiling, resigning from the Air Force and becoming an actual superhero.

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Captain Atom joins the Justice League at the request of the U S government, eventually serving as leader of Justice League Europe.

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The radiation is siphoned out of Captain Atom using a device made by Hiro Okamura, the new Toyman, which returns Captain Atom to his usual self .

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Captain Atom quickly gets into a fight with an overzealous Mister Majestic and the fight ends with Majestic soundly defeated.

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Captain Atom remains missing until Kyle Rayner, then known as Ion, discovers him in The Bleed, a place between dimensions.

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The Captain Atom indicates that he is traveling through The Bleed in order to operate outside the gaze of the Monitors.

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Captain Atom discusses his time in the Wildstorm Universe, and his desire to visit other alternate worlds.

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Captain Atom is shown to reside in a mystical, medieval-reminiscent realm, attacking a highly fortified castle for unknown reasons other than, as he states, "his mission".

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Mon-El appears and helps Captain Atom escape, taking him to the Justice League's satellite, where the League members declare that they are going to bring him to justice for his actions as Monarch.

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Captain Atom feels he has changed from the man he once was, and that he needs to go back to the magic world to make right what he has done.

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Captain Atom appears as one of the central characters in Justice League: Generation Lost, a maxi-series that takes place during the wider Brightest Day event.

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At the start of the series, Captain Atom is recruited as part of a massive group of superheroes tasked with hunting down the JLI's founder and Ted Kord's murderer, Maxwell Lord.

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Captain Atom found a woman elderly and grotesque, who turned out to be an aged Power Girl, telling him it was Maxwell Lord who was responsible for all of this.

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Captain Atom is then pulled back into the present, and tells the rest of the team that the world needs them to stop the instigated Max.

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Captain Atom realizes Magog's spear is about to explode with energy.

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Captain Atom tries to absorb as much as he can, thrusting him into the time stream again as a crater is left behind.

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Captain Atom is propelled through time again to 112 years in the future, where a metahuman war against the OMACs had devastated the planet.

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Captain Atom battled for survival alongside the future versions of the Justice League, but they all are eventually contaminated by a new nanovirus version of the OMACs and one by one become OMACs themselves.

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Just before this occurred, Captain Atom grabbed Max and threatened to pull him into the time stream as well, unless Max undid the global mindwipe of his existence.

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Captain Atom's body maintains integrity by instantly re-merging these atoms, but extreme use of his powers can interfere with this process and cause Captain Atom's form to become unstable.

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In 2012, Captain Atom lost control of his powers and caused a devastating accident.

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Captain Atom was thrown back to 2017, the result of the time stream correcting itself.

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Captain Atom commonly manipulates his energy into force field bubbles, or explosive "bombs", but the most common form is a simple energy blast.

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Captain Atom has been shown to be capable of manipulating even exotic energies such as magic, and has a high degree of resistance to such attacks.

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Captain Atom can convert energy to matter in the same manner he manipulates energy.

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Captain Atom is capable of manipulating matter on an atomic or sub-atomic level at a limited scale.

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Captain Atom has used his atomic transmutation powers to turn both Maul and the Engineer back to their human forms.

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Captain Atom has on occasion used this to repel telepathic intrusions by downloading information directly into other telepaths.

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Towards the end of his series' run, it was speculated that Captain Atom is an Elemental along with the Swamp Thing, the Red Tornado, Firestorm, and Naiad .

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Captain Atom is especially skilled in combat piloting, is trained in military weaponry, strategy, and hand-to-hand combat and speaks multiple languages, including Russian.

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Captain Atom has been seen to transform lava into snow by willing it and has been able to remove cancer from a human being.

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Captain Atom's abilities are largely nuclear in nature and involve tapping into the strong nuclear force, the energy that binds protons and neutrons in the nucleus.

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Captain Atom is able to sense and perceive radio signals, cell phone signals and other similar transmissions.

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An alternate future Captain Atom is featured prominently in the 1991 series Armageddon 2001.

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Captain Atom appears briefly in flashback sequences of Alex Ross and Mark Waid's 1996 miniseries Kingdom Come, printed under DC Comics' Elseworlds imprint.

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Captain Atom's outfit in this comic is a combination of his original Charlton uniform and his later DC costume.

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The names of the characters are not mentioned in the panel in which they appear, but the Captain Atom is visually similar to Charlton's original version of the character.

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The DC Multiverse is refreshed following Flashpoint, but this last Grant Morrison-created Captain Atom is a main character in the 2016 comic The Multiversity – Pax Americana .

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Captain Atom is seemingly similar to Doctor Manhattan in many ways, having the iconic hydrogen atom symbol on his forehead and having bright blue skin which emits Cherenkov radiation, just like Doctor Manhattan's skin.

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Captain Atom then makes up his mind to take Superman with him and leaves the North Pole so that only he and Superman will be harmed.

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