Atomic Skull (02 - Joseph Martin)
Real Name: Joseph Martin
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Student Joseph Martin was struck by an intense blast of energy from the Dominators' gene-bomb that gave him superhuman strength and premature baldness. Later attacked by some thugs, the resulting head damage caused insanity and he took on the guise of "The Atomic Skull" who was a hero from an old movie serial. He also emitted dangerous amounts of radiation, then later gained the ability to project it as energy blasts. He has plagued Superman, whom he believed to be the serial's villain, and Lois Lane, whom he saw as the Skull's love interest - Zelda Wentworth.
He was later given enhanced powers by the demon Neron. Cured of his delusions, he at first intended to follow the character's example for real as a superhero, but has since appeared as a more conventional villain.
Joseph Martin first appeared briefly in Adventures of Superman #483 and turned into the Atomic Skull a week after in Action Comics #670.
First Appearance: Adventures of Superman (1987) #483
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Action Comics (1938)
#670 Adventures of Superman (1987)
- 'The Saving Skull'
#483 DC/WS DreamWar (2008)
- 'Power Crisis!'#571
- 'Image is Everything'#608
- 'Ending Battle, Part Two: Dawn's Early Light'#609
- 'Rush Hour'
TPB Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom (2011)
- 'DC / WildStorm DreamWar'#5
- 'Bad To The Bone'#6
- '...Perchance To Dream'
#1 Green Lantern (1990)
- 'Hot Blooded'#2
- 'Fired Up!'
Guardians of Metropolis (1994)
#3 Infinite Crisis (2005)
- 'All This And World War II !'
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice Society of America (2007)
#29 Manhunter (2004)
- 'Fresh Meat'#30
- 'Hot Pursuit'#31
- 'New Blood, Old Blood, Spilled Blood'#32
- 'The Worth of a Hero'#33
- 'Split Up'#40
#657 Superman Forever (1998)
- 'Camelot Falls'#658
- 'The Last Tomorrow'#666
- 'The Beast From Krypton'#685
Superman Villains Secret Files (1998)
Superman: Mon-El (2010)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
#5 Superman/Batman (2003)
- 'The Curse of the Atomic Skull'
Annual 03 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'Compound Fracture!'#21
- 'With a Vengeance!, Chapter Two: Mistaken Identity Crisis'
HC The Ray (1994)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
#17 Underworld Unleashed (1995)
#1 Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear (1995)
- 'Underworld Unleashed'
Villains United (2005)
#5 Who's Who In The DC Universe Update 1993 (1992)
- 'Villains United, Part Five: Victims of Aggression'#6
- 'Villains United, Part Six: At the End of All Things'
- 'Arion to Willoughby Kipling'
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