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Captain Atom
Real Name: Nathaniel Christopher Adam
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Bio:
Superficially, there are two different Captains Atom. Recent events, however, allow for the interpretation that they are, in fact, the same character--from a certain point of view.

Pre-Crisis
The first Captain Atom, created by Steve Ditko at Charlton, was Captain Allen Adam, a straight-arrow, pre-Vietnam cold warrior in the US Air Force. While testing a new missile for the AIr Force, he got caught up in its nuclear explosion in space. This disintegrated, then somehow reintegrated him, giving him access to the "raw" power of atomic energy.

This character did briefly appear in the pre-Crisis DCU, soon after the sale of Charlton characters was final. Some effort was taken at establishing the "Ditko Captain Atom", "Ditko Blue Beetle", and the rest of the Charlton comics characters as being present on a the new "Earth 4"--when the Crisis hit and made the point moot. (Indeed, this fact was actually established in the series, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Talk about coming to the multiverse party late...)

Post-Crisis
The second Captain Atom was named Nathaniel Christopher Adam. He was, at first, wholly different than the "Ditko Atom". Convicted of a crime he didn't commit, and to avoid life imprisonment in a United States Army prison, he volunteered to work for Wade Eiling and Heinrich Megala's Captain Atom Project. This let to Nate being bonded to a living alien metal from the Silver Shield (with a little help from an atomic explosion), and being catapulted from May, 1968 to the modern day. Found by Eiling and Megala, they crafted the super-hero identity for the captain, as well as his new, but short-lived, alter ego of Cameron Scott, attempting to gain information for the United States on the various meta-humans proliferating the landscape. Captain Atom became a member of the Justice League International, formed an attachment to Nightshade, led the forces of Earth in the Invasion!, became leader of Justice League Europe, and eventually found the man who had framed him for the original crime, and revealed the truth behind the "big lie" to the world, before being lost in time thanks to the efforts of Monarch. Captain Atom did eventually return to our time, where he led the Extreme Justice branch of the Justice League, until the time of Earth's Final Night, but Nate is still a semi-active super-hero, having recently worked with the L.A.W., free of the guilt of his crime and his original duplicity in joining the Justice League.

This Captain Atom has an odd reaction to exposure to large amounts of energy. He will seem to be killed, or atomized, by it--but instead is displaced by it. Typically this displacement takes the form of time travel, neatly allowing him to "disappear" from the DCU time-line for a while, only to return when the writers find convenient. He also has the ability to shift dimensionally in such explosive situations. Recently, he has been shown to cross over from the regular DCU to the Wildstorm universe, using this unique power.

How, then, is this character related to the first Captain Atom? As a part of his initial "cover story"--necessary to keep the "Captain Atom Project" a secret-- all of the adventures of the "Ditko Captain Atom" were assigned to this Captain Atom by the US Military. Thus, if you were to pull his file at the Pentagon, you would see the events of Captain Allen Adam's life in Captain Nathaniel Christopher Adam's records.

Notes:
The original incarnation of this character is the first superhero Steve Ditko had a hand in creating.

The original version of the character is the direct inspiration for Dr. Manhattan of Watchmen. He would have been in that Alan Moore series had not DC pulled the use of the the Charlton characters.

First Appearance: Space Adventures (1958) #33

Other Identities:
Monarch (02 - Nathaniel Adam)

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Issue Appearances:
100% DC (2005)

Action Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Americomics Special (1983)
Animal Man (1988)
Armageddon 2001 (1991)
Armageddon: Alien Agenda (1991)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Back Issue (2003)
Batman und Superman präsentieren (2005)
Batman/Superman (2004)
Blasters Special (1989)
Blue Beetle (1986)
Booster Gold (1986)
Booster Gold (2007)
Brightest Day (2010)
Captain Atom (1965)
Captain Atom (1987)
Captain Atom: Armageddon (2005)
Charlton Bullseye (1975)
Charlton Bullseye (1981)
Checkmate (1988)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (2010)
Crisis Aftermath: The Battle for Blüdhaven (2006)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Darkstars (1992)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: Captain Atom (2012)
DC Universe Online: Legends (2011)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU Heroes Secret Files (1999)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Death of the New Gods (2007)
Deathstroke (1995)
Doctor Fate (1988)
Extreme Justice (1995)
Final Night (1996)
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man (1986)
Flashpoint: Frankenstein & The Creatures of the Unknown (2011)
Flashpoint: Project Superman (2011)
Formerly Known as the Justice League (2003)
Genesis (1997)
Green Lantern (1990)
Green Lantern: Rebirth (2004)
Guy Gardner (1992)
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
Hawk and Dove (1989)
Hawkman (1993)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Invasion (1988)
Ion (2006)
JLA (1997)
JLA (2001)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
JLA Gallery (1997)
JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
JLA Secret Files (1997)
JLA Showcase 80-Page Giant (2000)
JLA-Z (2003)
JLA: Gods and Monsters (2001)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: The Ultimate Guide to The Justice League of America (2002)
JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (2002)
JSA (1999)
JSA Kingdom Come Special: Magog (2009)
Justice League America (1989)
Justice League Europe (1989)
Justice League International (1987)
Justice League International (1993)
Justice League International (2008)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
Justice League of America/The 99 (2010)
Justice League Quarterly (1990)
Justice League Sourcebook (1990)
Justice League Task Force (1993)
Justice League: Generation Lost (2010)
Justice Leagues: JLA (2001)
Justice Leagues: Justice League of Aliens (2001)
L.E.G.I.O.N. (1989)
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Lobo (1993)
Manhunter (1994)
Martian Manhunter (1988)
Martian Manhunter Special (1996)
Millennium (1988)
Mystery in Space (2006)
Power Girl (2009)
R.E.B.E.L.S. (2009)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secret Six (2008)
Space Adventures (1958)
Space Adventures (1978)
Starman/Congorilla (2011)
Steel (1994)
Strange Suspense Stories (1955)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (2006)
Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)
Superman (1987)
Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files (2001)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
Superman/Batman (2003)
Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003 (2003)
Takion (1996)
Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
The Action Heroes Archives (2004)
The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Flash (1987)
The Fury of Firestorm (1982)
The Kingdom (1999)
The L.A.W. (Living Assault Weapons) (1999)
The Lobo Gallery: Portraits of a Bastich (1995)
The New Teen Titans (1984)
The New Titans (1988)
The Power Company: Josiah Power (2002)
The Power of SHAZAM! (1995)
The Ray (1994)
The Weird (1988)
Thunderbolt (1966)
Total Justice (1996)
Underworld Unleashed (1995)
War of the Gods (1991)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
WildCats (2008)
Wonder Woman (1987)
Wonder Woman (2006)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)

Group Affiliation(s):
Extreme Justice
Justice League America (DC)
Justice League Europe (DC)
Justice League International (DC)
Justice League of Air (DC)
L.A.W. (Living Assault Weapons)
Project M
Project: Atom
Project: Superman
Super Buddies

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