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Scientist Albert Michaels was changed by a nuclear accident and became Atomic Skull.
Albert Michaels was a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist on a submarine, when an accident resulted in a flooding of the submarine and it crashing to the ocean floor. Michaels escaped, but not without being exposed to the experimental radiation on the submarine. He emerged from the depths and swam to a nearby island. On the island, he relived memories of a lost lover. He survived eating native vegetation, but soon, as a result of a leopard attack, discovered he could emit radiation from his mouth, and disintegrates the cat. He then used his power to animals on the island and create shelter from rock faces. Eventually, the radiation took a toll on him, as he also began to recall his fiancé flirting with another man at a dance club and Michaels had murdered the object of her flirtations. He also recalled leaving on the S.T.A.R. submarine. As a result of his recollection, he angrily destroyed a large part of the island with his radiation blast. The wear on his face caused by the radiation resulted in his face melting away from his skull.
Powers and Abilities
- Unique Physiology
- Monstrous Appearance: Albert's face is a naked human skull, glowing from radiation.
- Power Instability: Albert's body constantly emits dangerous radiations.
- Atomic Skull was created by Gerry Conway and Curt Swan, first appearing in Superman #303. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Atomic Skull first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Action Comics Annual (Volume 2) #1 by Max Landis and Ryan Sook.
- 38 Appearances of Albert Michaels (Prime Earth)
- 9 Images featuring Albert Michaels (Prime Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Albert Michaels (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Albert Michaels (Prime Earth)
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