Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bold Fashion Choices--How Captain Atom Is Like A Stolen Car!

A couple of months ago we discussed the best version of Captain Atom's costume.

But how did that costume come about?

Nathaniel Adam had been burdened with this monstrosity:

A necessary evil, as the accident that gave him his power had him emitting radiation like a mobile Chernobyl, and that suit was the only thing that could contain those energies.

But a new option has presented itself...

"Liquid metal"?!?! Ahhhh--he's a terminator!!!'s all about the image, Captain!

And how do apply this liquid metal?!?

Spray paint him like a stolen car!!

They do the primer coat first...

...and then the trim...

And good gravy:

They actually use a stencil to put on his Spirograph design!!

The result?

Dead. Sexy.

And functional, too!

And thus was born Captain Atom's best costume ever, before DC got their hands on him and turned him into a silver-covered boring dude (costume-wise, at least), and then they made him into a universal-level genocidal maniac, and then they turned him into an ersatz Dr. Manhattan because they can't stop their Watchmen fixation, and... Sigh...

From Captain Atom #84 (1967)


Justin said...

I did 't know he was originally a Charlton character...OR that he'd ever been anything other than a silver-colored dude. Thanks for the enlightenment.

Justin said...
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Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Justin: he was part of the "Charlton Action Hero" line that DC bought in the mid-80s. Another character would be Blue Beetle. They were put on Earth-4 in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS.

Justin said...

Much obliged!

SallyP said...

Oh, he will always be Captain Shinypants to me.