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Atom Man Vs. Superman
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The Atom is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics universe who debuted in All-American Publications' flagship series, All-American Comics, in 1940. He has been reimagined on several occasions by DC, with the first and most commercially successful modern version premiering in 1961.
The original Atom, Al Pratt, was first appeared in All-American Comics #19 (Oct. 1940). He initially had no superpowers; instead, he was a diminutive college student and later a physicist who was depicted as a tough guy, a symbol of all the short kids who could still make a difference.
Pratt soon became a founding member of the Justice Society of America, appearing in the team's various stories during their original Golden Age appearances. In 1948, the Atom received a redesigned costume and the revelation that he had gained limited superstrength (from, as later comics revealed, a battle with a villain several years earlier).
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Pratt's last Golden Age appearance was in All-Star Comics #57 in 1951, also the last Golden Age Justice Society story. Pratt was revived with the rest of the team in 1963 in Flash Vol. 1, #137, and continued to make various appearances in the years that followed.
In the 1980s, Al Pratt's godson Al Rothstein was introduced; Rothstein was known as the superhero Nuklon (later changing his name to Atom Smasher), first appearing in the pages of Infinity, Inc..
In the 1990s, it was revealed that Pratt had a son named Grant Emerson, who was kidnapped and genetically altered into a superbeing by the villain Vandal Savage; he soon became the superhero Damage. Damage later appeared in two incarnations of the Teen Titans, eventually joined the Freedom Fighters and became a reserve member of the Justice Society of America.
Al Pratt was murdered by the villain Extant in 1994's Zero Hour miniseries. It has since come to light that the modern Manhunter Kate Spenser is his granddaughter.
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