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The Atom
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Information
Real name: Ray Palmer
AKA: The Tiny Titan
Species: Metahuman
Home Planet: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Base: Ivy Town
Voiced by: Wally Burr Pat Harrington Jr
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Ray Palmer[1]

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.

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

The Atom (Ray Palmer) first appears in the Filmation produced shorts, shown during The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. He works 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.]

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Filmation appearance


Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, the Atom is the 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.[2]



Powers

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SuperFriends Team Members


Members of the Justice League of America
SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquamanHawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan
Expanded Team:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoAtomGreen ArrowPlastic ManRima
Comic Book Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed Tornado
Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris
Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog
Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelMary MarvelSupergirlGreen Fury


Episode Appearances

The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure (1967) Appearances:

  • Invasion of the Beetle-Men
  • The Plant Master
  • The House of Doom
  • Between Two Armies
  • Target Earth
  • Bad Day on Black Mountain


Hanna Barbera’s Super Friends 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, who was himself quite short.
  • He was created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane.
  • The Atom has a different voice over in his first appearance on Hanna Barbera’s Super Friends. In all future appearances, voice director Wally Burr takes on the role.
  • He made his first animated appearance in three seven-minute episodes that aired as part of The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure in 1967.
  • He also guest starred in the Justice League of America segments of the same show.
  • On the Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure the Atom was voiced by Pat Harrington. Jr.
  • Absent from his animated appearances is anything from the comic books, including 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 (Oct. 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 Atom series in August 2006.


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. As seen in the Filmation cartoon.
  2. Background Information is from Silver Age continuity.

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