Monday, April 11, 2016


Sorry I'm getting this out late, still fighting the crud. But it feels far too long to get back into my posts.

Captain Atom is a superhero currently appearing in DC Comics. Captain Atom has existed in three basic incarnations. The character was created by writer Joe Gill and artist/co-writer Steve Ditko, and first appeared in Space Adventures #33. Captain Atom was created for Charlton Comics but was later acquired by DC Comics and revised for DC’s post-Crisis continuity. In 2011, DC Comics relaunched its superhero comics and restarted the histories of some characters from scratch, including Captain Atom, giving him a new origin, appearance and slightly altered powers.

Back cover for Space Adventures #37.
(More of Captain Atom) Space Adventures #37
Cover images taken from interior stories.
"The Space Prowlers"
Captain Atom stops an eerie alien invasion.
Written by Joe (Six Million Dollar Man) Gill with Steve (Chuck Norris) Ditko artwork.
Reprinted in Strange Suspense Stories #77
"Flight 101 to Nowhere"
Written by Joe (Blue Beetle) Gill with art by Bill (Fightin' 5) Molno.
"The Super-Men from Space"
Written by Joe (Doomsday +1) Gill with art by Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio.
"Enemy Overhead" 
Written by Joe (E-Man) Gill with art by Bill (Gorgo) Molno & Vince (Flash Gordon) Alascia.
Two page text story.
"A Victory for Venus"
Captain Atom travels to Venus to see who destroyed an American satellite.

Written by Joe (Judomaster) Gill with Steve (Blue Beetle, Question) Ditko art.   
Reprinted in Strange Suspense Stories #76 

Both stories were reprinted in Space Adventures #11 (1978 series) & one of my personal favorites - The Action Heroes Archives Volume 1.  

Captain Atom was the inspiration for the character Doctor Manhattan who was featured in the comic book mini-series (and later live-action film adaptation) Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. 

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