Thursday, November 13, 2014


Struggling to Save the Earth, Solar leaps into action as The Man of the Atom!

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom was published by Gold Key Comics. Created by prolific writer Paul S. Newman and editor/artist Matt Murphy. Gold Key came out with issues #1-#27, issues #28-#31 were published by Whitman around 12 years after Gold Key cancelled Doctor Solar.
Written by notable Dick (Jet Dream) Wood (#15-#22

Terrific artwork by Frank (Phantom, Flash Gordon) Bolle (#15-#22), some of his best work! Al (Star Trek) McWilliams takes over on #20-#22.
Gorgeous painted covers by George Wilson.

Doctor Solar was a physicist named Dr. Raymond Solar, assisting fellow worker Dr. Bently to avert an imminent meltdown of the nuclear power plant where they worked, sabotaged by Dr. Rasp, agent of an evil mastermind named Nuro. 

Bently lost his life trying to prevent the meltdown while Solar absorbed a massive amount of radiation in the process. He survived, discovering he gained the ability to convert his body into any kind of nuclear energy. Using his new powers, Solar began searching for Nuro, who would become Solar' nemesis. Nuro used a robot double of himself called Orun and later transferred his mind into it, calling himself King Cybernoid.

Doctor Solar did not gain a superhero costume until the fifth issue of his comic, becoming "The Man of the Atom". Doctor Solar manipulates matter at the atomic level, flies and blasts bolts of energy. In addition, his skin turns green whenever he uses his powers. 
Pages from Doctor Solar #15
Doctor Solar #15  Back in Time, Solar Relives the Incredible Events That Made Him the Man of the Atom!
"Doomsday Minus One Minute"
"Animal Survival"
Prof. Harbinger feature.

Doctor Solar #16  Between Satellite Suns, Solar Struggles to Save the Earth from Fiery Destruction!
"War of the Suns"
"Mysteries of Light"
Prof. Harbinger feature.
Doctor Solar #17  Solar vs. Primo -- Fiery Creature from the Earth's Core!
"The Fatal Foe"
Primo! Born of molten matter, spawn of a volcano's fury, creature of Nuro's evil genius!
"Cold Facts"
Prof. Harbinger feature.

Doctor Solar #18  Invasion of the Robot Scorpions!
"The Mind Master"
"Invasion of the Crocodiles"
Prof. Harbinger feature. 

Doctor Solar #19  Atomic Man Against Atomic Machine! WHO WINS -- When Solar battles Solar to the Death!
"Solar Vs. Solar"
Prof. Harbinger feature.

Doctor Solar #20  Solar Smashes Mind-Monsters That Come to Life!
"Atomic Nightmares"
"Amazing Humans"
Prof. Harbinger feature.
 Doctor Solar #21  A Million Solars Battle Microscopic Aliens from Outer Space!
"Challenge from Outer Space"
Told in two parts.
"Giant Icebergs"
Prof. Harbinger feature.

Doctor Solar #22  
"The Two Lives of Nuro or the Birth of King Cybernoid"
Continued in issues #23, #24 & #26.
"The Time Spiral"
Prof. Harbinger feature. 
"Solar Senses"
One page feature on the various power of Doctor Solar's eyes.  
"The Strange Death of Nuro"
Part II of first story.
"The Five Incredible Senses of the Man of the Atom"
Inside back cover one page Doctor Solar feature.

These issues of Doctor Solar are included in Dark Horse Archives Vol. 3 hardback, sporting the dynamic cover to Doctor Solar #19. These are the editions you cannot miss, they are fantastic. In addition, I have seen the first three volumes on Kindle as well.
Tomorrow will present my fourth and final installment of Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom. I hope this will bring in some surprises as well! 

It's been great to relive the excitement of the Gold Key comic. After this, I plan on covering the Gold Key comic book series of Magnus, Robot Fighter. Russ Manning's artwork is simply outstanding!

Live Large My Friends!

Thank You! 

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