Comic Cards Project: Day 22 • The Atom

The Atom was physicist Ray Palmer, who acquired the ability to shrink to any size. He often used this ability to help his girlfriend, lawyer Jean Loring, with her cases. She turned down his many marriage proposals with the excuse that she wanted to prove that she could be a success before giving up her career and settling down. It boggles the mind that no one ever seemed to question this line of reasoning.

I suppose The Atom figured that by helping Jean become a success, he was hastening the day when she would agree to marry him. So much for selfless superheroes. He actually found plenty to do unrelated to Jean’s cases, a testament to the writers that they could come up with so much to occupy the Atom considering the limited demand for shrinkage.

Illustrating one playing card a day using characters found between 1957-1967 in DC Comics. Tomorrow: Kid Flash!

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