Atomic Thunderbolt. Professor Josiah Rhonne, “a leading scientist of the atom bomb project,” takes Willy the Wharf Rat, former merchant Marine now suffering from PTSD, into his laboratory. Rhonne subjects Willy to an experiment meant to “change the atomic structure of the human body–to make the new tissue immune to radio-activity and atomic explosions!” The experiment goes wrong, blowing up Rhonne’s castle laboratory and giving Willy superpowers, including invulnerability, flight, an atomic punch, and the ability to generate air-waves. Willy vows to use his new powers to fight evil.
First Appearance: The Atomic Thunderbolt #1 (Regor), Feb 1946. 2 appearances, 1946. Created by Robert Peterson and Larry Morton.
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