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Solar, Man of the Atom
Real Name: Phil Seleski
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In the early 1990s, the rights to Doctor Solar, Turok, and Magnus, Robot Fighter were licensed by Valiant Comics, which planned to use the characters as part of Jim Shooter's new superhero line. A number of changes were made to the character and his back-story. The new version (now known simply as Solar) was a physicist named Phil Seleski. Phil was a fan of the Gold Key line, especially the adventures of Doctor Solar. One day, Phil Sileski and his colleagues were testing a new type of fusion reactor. When an accidental breach threatened to decimate the entire area, Dr. Seleski rushed to shut down the reactor. He succeeded, but he was exposed to lethal doses of radiation in the process. Amazingly, the exposure didn't kill him. Instead, it gave him an ability to manipulate energy. Phil Seleski tried to use his powers for the good of mankind. He became determined to destroy the world's supply of nuclear weapons. The US government tried to stop him. Unfortunately, their efforts caused Phil to lose control of his powers, which in turn caused Earth to fall into a giant black hole.

Phil Seleski wound up thrown several weeks back in time (or so he thought). The guilt over his role in destruction of his world caused him to split into two beings: Doctor Solar, who believed himself to be Phil's childhood hero; and Phil Seleski, who retained all the memories of the original. Phil sought to prevent an accident that gave him powers from taking place. His efforts were complicated by the presence of Doctor Solar, who was convinced Phil was a dangerous criminal. Eventually, Phil managed to convince his alter-ego that they needed to work together. They fused with the past version of Phil Seleski and prevented the accident. In the process, they discovered that Phil's fusion reactor was actually a "wish machine" that allowed anyone within close proximity to change the universe in any way they saw fit. Before the original accident, Phil wished that he could become his childhood superhero. As the result, the reactor simulated the events that gave the original Dr. Solar his powers. Phil also found out that he didn't travel to the past. After falling into a black hole, he tried to recreate his universe. For the most part, he succeeded. However, there were several important differences, the most important of which was that Earth was now populated by a large number of super-powered beings.

The revelations inspired Phil Seleski to take up the mantle of his childhood hero. He became known as Solar, Man of the Atom.

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First Appearance: Solar, Man of the Atom (1991) #1

Other Identities:
Solar the Destroyer

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Issue Appearances:
Archer & Armstrong (1992)
Archer & Armstrong: The Complete Classic Omnibus (2015)
Darque Passages (1994)
Deadpool (1997)
Deathmate (1993)
Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult (2014)
Eternal Warrior (1992)
GOAT: H.A.E.D.U.S. (1998)
Harbinger (1992)
Harbinger Files (1994)
Iron Man/X-O Manowar: Heavy Metal (1996)
Magnus Robot Fighter (1991)
Quantum and Woody (1997)
Quantum and Woody: The Complete Classic Omnibus (2014)
Rai (1992)
Rai Companion (1993)
Secret Weapons (1993)
Shadowman (1992)
Shadowman (1999)
Solar, Man of the Atom (1991)
Solar, Man of the Atom (1997)
Solar, Man of the Atom: Revelations (1997)
Solar: Man of the Atom (2014)
The Chaos Effect (1994)
The Overstreet Guide to Collecting: Free Comic Book Day 2017 (2017)
The Visitor (1995)
The Visitor vs. the Valiant Universe (1995)
Unity (1992)
Unity 2000 (1999)
Unity Saga (1994)
Unity Yearbook (1994)
Valiant Masters Shadowman (2013)
Valiant Vision Starter Kit (1994)
X-O Manowar (1992)

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