Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ironing Tips with the Atom

"Ironing Tips with the Atom" from The Atom #16 (DC, 1964) by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane and Sid Greene

Reading old Silver Age Atom stories is pretty heavy going, to tell you the truth. The art is always very stiff and while there's a fair "using science to find solutions" element, as in the Flash, the stories are rarely as crazy, nor do they feature very many interesting super-villains. The Atom has a number of adventures down the Time Pool, which is a bizarre way to use a shrinking hero. It's like the Atom's educational mandate trumps his superhero adventure strip genre. It's too bad, because I've been a fan of the Atom since I encountered him in the early 80s as a member of the Justice League of America. The original series lasted 38 issues before turning into The Atom and Hawkman (through to #45), which despite its gorgeous Joe Kubert covers, didn't really have any better artwork inside.

1 comment:

  1. I have the two SHOWCASE volumes of THE ATOM, and when read in one weekend, they were a lot of fun.