Atmos (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceLegion of Super-Heroes (vol. 3) #32
(March 1987)
In-story information
Alter egoMarak Russen
Place of originXanthu (30th century)
Team affiliationsThe Uncanny Amazers of Xanthu
AbilitiesSuper Strength
Mind Control

Atmos is a fictional character in the future of the DC Comics Universe. Atmos was the champion of the planet Xanthu, where the planetary government provided him with a headquarters and training facility.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Original continuity[edit]

Atmos was the genetically-engineered champion of the planet Xanthu. When the villain Universo enacted a plan to conquer his homeworld of Earth, he had several of the United Planets' superheroes, including Atmos, mindwiped and imprisoned on a distant planet. Also imprisoned were the Legion of Super-Heroes members Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy and Dream Girl. Saturn Girl overcame Universo's hypnosis and eventually the Legion members freed everybody.

During Atmos' absence from Xanthu, the planetary government ordered Star Boy to resign from the Legion to replace him. Thereafter, Atmos used his powers to enthrall and romance Star Boy's girlfriend Dream Girl. His manipulation was eventually uncovered, and Dream Girl angrily left him.

"Five Years Later"[edit]

Many years later, Atmos was murdered by B.I.O.N., a Dominator-controlled robotic enforcer developed from the Computo matrix created by Brainiac 5.

Post-Zero Hour[edit]

Marak Russen was a child star and famous athlete on his native planet of Xanthu. He was subjected by his planet's government to numerous experiments that turned him into a living nuclear power plant. Now dubbed "Atmos", Russen joined his planet's state-funded team of superheroes, the "Uncanny Amazers of Xanthu", a counterpart to the more well known Legion of Super-Heroes. Together with the Amazers he stood against two invasions of Xanthu: from the alien Blight, and from the minions of the machine intelligence C.O.M.P.U.T.O. from the planet Robotica.[1]

Post-Infinite Crisis[edit]

The events of the Infinite Crisis miniseries have apparently restored a close analogue of the Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths Legion to continuity, as seen in "The Lightning Saga" story arc in Justice League of America and Justice Society of America, and in the "Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes" story arc in Action Comics. Since Atmos was introduced after the publication of Crisis on Infinite Earths, it is unclear if the character will be reintroduced.


Atmos has the powers of super-strength, flight, invulnerability and some form of matter manipulation.


  1. ^ a b Jimenez, Phil (2008), "Atmos", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 29, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5