Know Your Captain Atom

Since he was first developed by Steve Ditko in the 1960s, there have been several incarnations of Captain Atom.

space.adv.39.01

Silver Age Captain Atom
(Space Adventures #34)

Silver Age Captain Atom (1960-2010)
AKA Earth-4 Captain Atom
AKA Quantum Superman
Secret Identity/Alter Ego:
Allen Adam/N. Christopher Adam
First Appeared: Space Adventures #33 (Charlton Comics)

Earth-4 Captain Atom
(Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1)

banner3

bronzeageatom

Bronze Age Captain Atom
(Captain Atom #84)

Bronze Age Captain Atom (1966-1986)
AKA Earth-4 Captain Atom
AKA Quantum Superman
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Allen Adam/N. Christopher Adam/Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: Captain Atom (v 1) #84 (Charlton Comics)

banner3

Charlton Bullseye Captain Atom
(Charlton Bullseye #7)

Charlton Bullseye Captain Atom (1982)
Secret Identity/Alter Ego:
Colonel John Adam
First Appeared: Charlton Bullseye #7 (Charlton)

This version only appeared in this issue, written by Benjamin Smith and Dan Reed and drawn by Dan Reed. He had a slightly altered origin and his Silver Age costume as well as a new name and rank.

banner3

whos.who11

Modern Age Captain Atom
(Who’s Who in the DCU [1991] #6)

Modern Age Captain Atom (1987-2011)
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adam/Cameron Scott
First Appeared: Captain Atom (v 2) #1 (DC Comics)

banner3

earth22atom

Earth-22 Captain Atom
(Kingdom Come #1)

Earth-22 Captain Atom (1996-2008)
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: Kingdom Come #1 (DC Comics)

Although Captain Atom appeared in this costume in the 2005 WildStorm mini-series, it was still the Modern Age Captain Atom.

banner3

animatedatom

DC Animated Universe Captain Atom
(Justice League Unlimited #1)

DC Animated Universe Captain Atom (2004-2013)
AKA Earth-16 Captain Atom
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adams/Allen Adams/Cameron Scott
First Appeared: Superman and Batman Magazine #8 (DC Comics)

banner3

monarchatom

Monarch 2

Monarch 2 (1995-2008)
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: Extreme Justice #6 (DC Comics)

Monarch first appeared in Armageddon 2001 #1, but he was Hank Hall (Hawk).  The Nathaniel Adam Monarch first surfaced in Extreme Justice #6.

banner3

lawatom

L.A.W. Captain Atom
(L.A.W.: Living Assault Weapons #6)

L.A.W.: Living Assault Weapons Captain Atom (1999-2000)
AKA Modern Age Captain Atom
Secret Identity/Alter Ego:
Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: L.A.W.: Living Assault Weapons #1 (DC Comics)

This was basically just a costume change for the Modern Age Captain Atom.  It lasted only for this mini-series.

banner3

kryptoniteman

The Kryptonite Man
(Superman/Batman #20)

The Kryptonite Man (2005)
AKA Modern Age Captain Atom
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: Superman/Batman #20 (DC Comics)

banner3

General Adam
(Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1)

Flashpoint Captain Atom (2011)
AKA General Nathaniel Adam
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: NA
First Appeared: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1 (DC Comics)

banner3

new52atom

New 52 Captain Atom

New 52 Captain Atom (2011-2012?)
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: DC Comics: The New 52 #1 (DC Comics)

After the events of The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #15, the current status of Captain Atom is unknown (see Captain Adym below).

banner3

Captain Adam (DC: The New Frontier #5)

Captain Adam (2004)
AKA Earth-21 Nathaniel Adam
Secret Identity/Alter Ego:  NA
First Appeared: DC: The New Frontier #5 (DC Comics)

banner4

captainadym

Captain Adym

Captain Adym (2011-current)
Secret Identity/Alter Ego: Nathaniel Adym
First Appeared: Legion Lost #0 (DC Comics)

In The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #15, part of The New 52 Captain Atom was hurled into the future where he became Captain Adym of the Science Police.  It is unclear at this writing if Captain Adym has any of his predecessors’ powers.

banner3

DC Universe Online Captain Atom (2012)
Secret Identity: Nathaniel Adam
First Appeared: DC Universe Online: Legends #22

Although this version of Captain Atom seems identical to the Modern Age Cap, this series was not part of the regular DC continuity.

banner4

Injustice Captain Atom

Injustice Captain Atom (2013)
Secret Identity: Nathaniel Christopher Adam
First Appeared: Injustice: Gods Among Us #18

This Captain Atom’s secret identity was not established in the comics as “Nathaniel Christopher Adam,” but the Injustice: Gods Among Us wiki does use this name.

banner3

SEE ALSO

BREACH  *  DR. MANHATTAN  *  GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN ATOM

Captain Atom and all related characters are ©DC Comics, Inc.

4 thoughts on “Know Your Captain Atom”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s