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The 'Atom'
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Information
Real name: Raymond "Ray" Palmer
AKA: The Tiny Titan
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: Auburn
Eyes: brown
Relatives: Jean Loring (wife)
Base: Ivy Town
Voiced/Played: Wally Burr[1]
Pat Harrington, Jr.[2]
Atom Gallery

Justice League of America Team Member

Part-time SuperFriends Team Member

Ray Palmer (Issue 6)

From his SF Comic, Issue #6 (1977) appearance.

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As seen in the Filmation cartoon (1967)

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The Atom is a superhero who is a member of the Justice League of America. He has the ability to decrease the size of his body, in other words, he can shrink himself.


Background Information

Continuity from Super Friends (comic book) Issue #6

RP 1 (Issue 6)

Several years ago, when Ray was a student at Ivy University, he began to work on compressing matter. He got his first big break when he saw a meteor land. He believed it to be a fragment of a white dwarf star. In his lab he was able to make a lens from the star fragment. He soon discovered that by focusing ultraviolet rays through it, it he could shrink inanimate objects. However, when shrunk these objects would be unstable eventually exploding. His next break regarding his research came on a nature hike with some kids and his friend Jean Loring. While in a cave they trapped in a cave-in. After an hour of trying to escape, he deciding to use the reducing lens on himself he had luckily taken with him. He made his way out and freed the others quickly as he wanted to go back to normal size before he exploded. But he didn't because of the chemicals in the water in the cave that got onto the reducing lens. He eventually made a special reducing suit made out of the dwarf star as well.

Continuity from Filmation's DC Superheroes Adventures (1967-1968)

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Filmation appearance

The Atom (Ray Palmer) first appears in the Filmation produced shorts, shown during The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. In this series, we see him working as a professor, investigating scientific revolutions in plant-life, size manipulation and genetics. Often, he finds himself in situations involving scientific outcomes which he, as the Atom, has an increased advantage to overcome.

Earth-One Background

In the parallel universe of Earth-One, the Atom is a physicist and university professor Ray Palmer. Using a mass of white dwarf star matter, he fashioned a lens which allowed him to shrink down to subatomic size. Originally, his size and molecular density abilities derived from the white dwarf star material of his costume, controlled by mechanisms in his belt, and later by controls in the palms of his gloves. He carries out the bulk of his early superheroic adventures in his home of Ivy Town where he often helps his girlfriend, lawyer Jean Loring, win her cases.[3]


Powers and Abilities

Jean Loring

Ray Palmer with his wife Jean Loring.[4]

Powers

Abilities


Equipment


SuperFriends Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding member) • Batman (founding member) • Superman (founding member) • Flash (founding member)
Green Lantern (founding member) • Martian Manhunter (founding member) • Wonder Woman (founding member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog


Episode Appearances


Notes

  • The Silver Age Atom, Ray Palmer first appeared in Showcase, #34 (September/October 1961)
  • Ray Palmer was named for real-life science fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer (August 1, 1910 – August 15, 1977), who was himself quite short.
  • He was created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane.
  • He made his first animated appearance in three seven-minute episodes that aired as part of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in 1967 and guest starred in the Justice League of America segments of the same show.
  • The Atom has a different voice in his first appearance on Hanna Barbera’s Super Friends. In all future appearances, voice director Wally Burr takes on the role.
  • Absent from his 'animated' appearances is his at-the-time-girlfriend, Jean Loring, his hometown, Ivy Town, and any mention of the mass of white dwarf star matter that gives him his power.
  • There have been four characters who have shared the Atom codename:
    • The original Golden Age Atom, Al Pratt, was created by Ben Flinton and Bill O'Connor in 1940.
    • The second Atom was the Silver Age Atom, Ray Palmer, who first appeared in 1961.
    • The third Atom, Adam Cray, was a minor character present in Suicide Squad stories.
    • The fourth Atom, Ryan Choi, is the Modern Age version, who debuted in a new series in late 06'.


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External links


AtomDCAU The Atom The Atom, real name Dr. Ray Palmer, is an expert physicist from Boston, and works at the prestigious Ivytown University. Prior to his heroic adventures, his science was known by both Superman and Vandal Savage. After the Thanagarian invasion, the Atom joined up with the reformed Justice League.

This version of The Atom is based on the Justice League Unlimited animated series produced for the Cartoon Network from 2004-2006.
- Go to the DCAU wiki for more on The Atom


Reference

  1. Wally Burr provided the voice of the Atom in the Super Friends.
  2. Pat Harrington, Jr. provided the voice of the Atom in the Filmation cartoons.
  3. Background Information is from Silver Age continuity.
  4. As seen in Issue 6 of the Superfriends comic book (1976).