Atoman (Spark Comics)
Real Name: Barry Dale
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Super-strength, flight, and a body that "generates atomic power".
A professor working on a comics version of the Manhattan Project, Barry Dale found that long-term exposure to radium and uranium didn't kill him, so much as give him super powers.
Read from today's perspective, the two adventures of Atoman make absolutely no sense at all, and reveal a certain innocence about what might happen to humans if exposed to radiation. A telling passage from the origin story comes when Dale muses to himself after he discovers his super powers:
"Perhaps I am the new type of man who will come into existence as the Atomic Age develops . . . what am I to do with my power? I can use it for good - - or selfishly keep it for my own profit! No! Atomic power cannot belong to one man . . . or group of men . . or even one nation! It belongs to the whole world!"
First Appearance: Atoman Comics (1946) #1
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Atoman Comics (1946)
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