Atomic Mouse #1 (Mar. 1953). Cover art by Al Fago
|First appearance||Atomic Mouse #1 (Mar. 1953)|
|Created by||Al Fago|
|Abilities||Flight, super strength|
Atomic Mouse is a funny animal superhero created in 1953 by Al Fago for Charlton Comics, depicted as an ordinary mouse who is shrunk by an evil magician and given U-235 pills that grant him super powers, which he uses in his fight for justice against the evil Count Gatto. The strip bearing his name ran to 54 issues over eleven years, and many of his stories were reprinted during the mid-1980s by the American Comics Group.
In 2001, Shanda Fantasy Arts licensed the character and gave him a new origin. The City of Rodentia is menaced by an asteroid, so Professor LaSerne invents a machine to bring a drawing to life, and uses an old copy of Atomic Mouse comics. The new redesigned Atomic Mouse stops the asteroid, and takes up life on his new planet. He enters into a romantic relationship with Lil Mouse (a mouse of color) who draws his comic book. A backup feature was about the Legion of Almost Villains, who were always trying to make a reputation for themselves by defeating Atomic Mouse, who was unaware of them. In issue #3, Atomic Mouse met the Atomic Mouse of the old Charlton Comics. And in a one-shot, Atomic Mouse vs. Power Jack and the Lost Menagerie, Atomic Mouse meets and helps a thinly disguised Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew from DC Comics.
- Atomic Mouse at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
- Wisconsin Historical Museum. "Living Under a Mushroom Cloud: Fear and Hope in the Atomic Age". Archived from the original on 29 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- Connecticut Historical Society. "Charlton Comics: a brief history". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-14.
- Atomic Toys: Comic book covers
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