"The Atom: "Birth of the Atom!"": When scientist Ray Palmer finds a White Dwarf Star Fragment , he creates a lens out of it. When ultraviolet light is shone through the lens, it becomes a shrinking device. However, all of his tests find that every object he sh


Quote1.png Now that I am able to turn myself into a human Atom -- who knows what strange and wonderful things may happen? Quote2.png
Ray Palmer

Showcase #34 is an issue of the series Showcase (Volume 1) with a cover date of October, 1961.

Appearing in The Atom: "Birth of the Atom!"

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  • Ivy Town Nature Club

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  • 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

Synopsis for The Atom: "Birth of the Atom!"

When scientist Ray Palmer finds a White Dwarf Star Fragment , he creates a lens out of it. When ultraviolet light is shone through the lens, it becomes a shrinking device. However, all of his tests find that every object he shrinks with the lens explode after an hour.

One day while taking out his fiance Jean Loring and a hiking club to a cave, they get trapped by an avalanche. Going on his own to find a way out, Ray decides to use his Dwarf Star lens to shrink himself down in size to climb up to an opening and make it larger, using an engagement ring he has for Jean.

After succeeding in making an opening, Ray returns to his original size, and believes that he survived the experience when drippings from the cave landed on the lens. However, after everyone is safe, Ray still finds that his lens still cause items to explode after an hour, leaving Ray to realize that perhaps something in his own body prevents him from being destroyed when staying at a small size for an extended period of time.

Appearing in The Atom: "Battle of the Tiny Titans!"

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  • Alma Wilson
  • Judge
  • Jury
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Simmons (a banker)

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  • Ivy Town
  • Ivy Town Bank
  • Ivy Town Police 73 Precinct
  • Ivy Town University
  • Ray Palmer's Lab
  • Lake
  • Metronome

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  • Bio-Belt (First appearance)
  • Europium (First appearance)
  • Dominator Device
  • Ionized Bottle
  • Police Mug Book
  • White Dwarf Fragment

Synopsis for The Atom: "Battle of the Tiny Titans!"

When one of Jean Loring's friend Alma Wilson is accused of stealing money from the bank where she works as a teller, Alma explains that a little man appeared and stole the money. When Jean tells Ray that her friend Alma is a trustworthy person, Ray decides to see what he can do with his shrinking powers.

Having created a costume and dubbing himself the Atom, Ray springs into action, however before he can investigate he finds the strange little man appearing in his laboratory.

After a battle against the little man, he learns that his opponent is an alien named Kulan Dar. Dar is from Julnar, where the inhabitants can teleport across the universe when they injest the element Europium. However, arriving on Earth, he became prisoner of a crook who took control of his will bending device, the Dominator, and has been using him to commit robberies on his behalf.

With the help of Kulan, the Atom tracks the criminal down and after a battle against Dar, who is back under the crook's control, the Atom manages to defeat him and turn him over to the authorities. Kulan Dar literally appears in court and clears Jean's friend Alma of all charges before returning to his home planet.

Appearing in "Inside the Atom!"

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Synopsis for "Inside the Atom!"

A brief publication history of the Atom, including the Golden Age version of the Atom and the Justice Society of America.

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Ray Palmer explains to a student: "Stalactite has a C in it. Let it stand for Ceiling! Stalagmite has a G. Let that stand for Ground! Stalactites from the Ceiling. Stalagmites from the Ground!



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