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Atomic Skull is a legacy name used by multiple super-villains who has radiation based powers in the DC Universe.

The first Atomic Skull was Albert Michaels, a scientist and criminal whose dedication to becoming immortal lead to the development of radioactive energy blasts, becoming an enemy of Superman. Using his radium-powered brain implant, he harnesses his own bioelectricity and converts it into atomic energy projected through his visor.

The second Atomic Skull was Joseph Martin,  a Metropolis college student who was trasformed into a metahuman by an alien gene bomb, enabling him superhuman strength, stamina and durability capable of emitting tremendous blast of radioactive energy. The two villains have been associated with the Secret Society of Super-Villains, SKULL and S.T.A.R. Labs.

Atomic Skull was created by Gerry Conway and Curt Swan, first appearing in Superman #303 (1976).