Friday, January 27, 2017

CAPTAIN ATOM FACES THE MAGIC OF THIRTEEN !!!


 The Charlton Comics version of Captain Atom was Allen Adam. Adam worked as a technician in a special experimental rocket when it accidentally launched with him trapped inside. He was atomized when the rocket exploded while entering the upper atmosphere. However, Adam somehow gained superpowers that included the ability to reform his body safely on the ground. He was outfitted in a red and yellow costume that was designed to shield people from the radiation of his nuclear powers. When Adam powered up, his hair changed to a silverish-white.

Unfortunately, Captain Atom #89 marks the last issue of the most notable of the Charlton Comics action heroes.









Captain Atom #89
"Thirteen"
An adversary named 13 and his talking cat, both of whom appear to work magic, appear to stop Captain Atom and the USAF from working on a missile, and to stop the Ghost from stealing it. 
Written by David A. Kaler (Nightshade) with art by Steve Ditko (Blue Beetle) & Frank McLaughlin (Judomaster).
Also includes a Nightshade story by Kaler & Jim Aparo (The Phantom). 
Dick Giordano's letters column included one from Steven Grant (The Punisher). 
Captain Atom appeared next in Charlton Bullseye #1 (magazine).

Al Milgrom (the other half of Jim Starlin as Gemini) supplied the cover, with the Captain Atom story art by Steve Ditko and John Byrne (Doomsday +1).

This issue was reprinted in DC Comics admiral Action Heroes Archives Volume 2. This great collection included the Captain Atom story from Charlton Bullseye #1 & #2.

A great read in its own right, the lead characters were inspired by Charlton Comics Action Heroes.
Captain Atom later became know as the inspiration for Dr. Manhattan of Alan Moore's The Watchmen. I was glad it was an inspiration and the Charlton Action Hero.

This issue's letters column with the first letter from Punisher scribe Steven Grant.
Live Large My Friends!

Thank You! 

Love the house ads, this one from Captain Atom #89!

 

2 comments:

  1. Nice post! Captain Atom -- another fine effort from Ditko. Thanks to Charlton, he produced more work for us to enjoy.

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  2. Really enjoy your blog came across it last week for the first time looking for some info on the 1960s Mighty Crusaders (excellent post ) and now this one on the great Steve Ditko. I never realised how good some of these Charlton comics (and characters) were at this time.

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