Captain Atom (Charlton)

 CAAH   (Charlton, 1965-1967)

™ and ©1967 Charlton Publications, Inc.

Air Force captain Adam Combine was the victim of a freak nuclear accident, but instead of being disintegrated by the deadly radiation, he was transformed into a being of pure energy, Captain Atom.

Captain Atom debuted in Charlton’s Space Adventures in 1960, an early entry into the Silver Age super-hero revival. Despite lean and gutsy art by Steve Ditko, Captain Atom could not survive Charlton’s mediocre scripting and so sank into obscurity. The strip was revived in this series in 1967 under the editorship of Dick Giordano, who brought back Ditko, along with Denny O’Neil and Jim Aparo.

In the mid-1980s, DC bought the rights to the Charlton heroes, using them both as heroes in the DC Universe and as the basis for the characters in Alan Moore’s Watchmen, where Captain Atom served as the template for Doc Manhattan.

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#78

  12/1/1965
  $0.12
  $58.00
No copies available
Series continued from Strange Suspense Stories #77; Origin of Captain Atom (Allen Adam)Joe GillSteve Ditko, Ernie Bache

#79

  3/1/1966
  $0.12
  $74.00
1 copy available for $37.00
1st appearance of Doctor SpectroSteve Ditko, Joe GIllSteve Ditko

#80

  5/1/1966
  $0.12
  $280.00
2 copies available from $100.00
 Steve Ditko, Joe GillSteve Ditko, Bill Fraccio

#81

  7/1/1966
  $0.12
  $44.00
No copies available
 Steve Ditko, Joe Gill, Frank McLaughlinSteve Ditko, Frank McLaughlin

#82

  9/1/1966
  $0.12
  $93.00
No copies available
1st appearance of The Ghost (Alec Nois); 1st appearance of Nightshade (eve Eden)Dave Kaler, Frank McLaughlinSteve Ditko, Frank McLaughlin

#83

  11/1/1966
  $0.12
  $480.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)Steve Ditko, Dave Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko

#83 (2nd printing)

 
  $0.35
  $4.50
1 copy available for $4.28
1st appearance of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord); Modern Comics ReprintSteve Ditko, Dave Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko

#84

  1/1/1967
  $0.12
  $77.00
1 copy available for $21.00
1st Appearance of Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam)Steve Ditko, Dave Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko

#84 (2nd printing)

 
  $0.35
  $7.00
1 copy available for $5.00
Modern Comics ReprintSteve Ditko, Dave Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko

#85

  3/1/1967
  $0.12
  $29.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Punch; 1st appearance of Jewelee; “Jewelee” misspelled in story titleSteve Ditko, Dave Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko

#85 (2nd printing)

 
  $0.35
  $7.00
1 copy available for $5.00
1st appearance of Punch; 1st appearance of Jewelee; “Jewelee”misspelled in story title; Modern Comics reprintSteve Ditko, Dave Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko

#86

  6/1/1967
  $0.12
  $47.00
1 copy available for $16.50
Versus the Ghost (Alec Nois)David Kaler, Gary FriedrichSteve Ditko, Rocke Mastroserio

#87

  8/1/1967
  $0.12
  $43.00
2 copies available from $14.99
Origin of Nightshade; Origin of Nightshade (Eve Eden); Nightshade back-up storySteve Ditko, Dave KalerSteve Ditko, Rocke Mastroserio, Jim Aparo

#88

  10/1/1967
  $0.12
  $30.00
2 copies available from $17.50
 Steve Ditko, Dave KalerSteve Ditko, Frank McLaughlin, Jim Aparo

#89

  12/1/1967
  $0.12
  $31.00
1 copy available for $7.50
Final Issue; Nightshade versus JeweleeSteve Ditko, Dave KalerSteve Ditko, Frank McLaughlin, Jim Aparo