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|Notable locations||Ivy University|
Created in 1962 by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane, it served as the main backdrop to many of the stories published by DC Comics featuring the adventures of the second (or Silver Age) Atom. Ivy's most notable landmark was Ivy University, whose physics department employed the Atom, initially unwittingly, in his true identity of Raymond Palmer as a member of its faculty. After Palmer went public, he rejoined the University faculty as a celebrity lecturer on an irregular basis.
By the mid-1970s, Ivy Town was described by some resources, including a geography article in the then-official fanzine Amazing World of DC Comics # 14 (1977), as being located in Connecticut. However, by the late 1980s, writer Roger Stern, possibly with input from Tom Peyer, explicitly placed the city in New York State's Finger Lakes region in Power of the Atom #8. In several issues, place names that exist in real life in the city of Ithaca (home of Cornell University, an Ivy League school) were mentioned. Its nearest notable neighbors included Calvin City, home of the Golden Age Atom, described by Stern as being directly south of Ivy in Pennsylvania.
As introduced in Brave New World (July 2006), the newest Atom is a resident of Ivy Town. It seems that, while Ray Palmer was working with the JLA, strange things have become a regular feature of news here, and Ivy Town has become a mecca for UFOlogists, parapsychologists, and would-be alien invaders.
Ivy Town's current police chief is Liza Warner, the character formerly known as Lady Cop who debuted in 1st Issue Special #4. Other DC comics characters that have attended (or may currently be attending) Ivy University include Isaiah Crockett, Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond (part of the first Firestorm).
In other media
- Ivy Town University is referenced in "The Atom" shorts from The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.
- Ivy Town University appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Sword of the Atom!" Aquaman visits the school in order to contact Ryan Choi, who he needs to help rescue Batman.
- Ivy Town briefly appears in the Young Justice: Invasion episode "True Colors". The Atom and Bumblebee attempt to surgically remove Jaime Reyes' Reach Scarab in an Ivy Town hospital, but the plan fails. It's also shown that Superboy and Wendy Harris are attending college in the city.
- Ivy Town is shown in Arrow as the location where Oliver and Felicity lived in the episode "Green Arrow." It is also mentioned in further episodes in reference to their time spent there.
- In the pilot episode of the Constantine (TV series), John Constantine visited his friend Ritchie Simpson who was an academic at Ivy University.
- In the two-part pilot episode of Legends of Tomorrow, Martin Stein, Jefferson Jackson, and Sara Lance visit Ivy Town to steal a vital piece of technology from the past version of Stein.
- In the third season episode of Legends of Tomorrow Phone Home, the team visits Ivy Town in 1988, and the cars shown all have Connecticut license plates from that time, supporting the argument that Ivy Town is in Connecticut.
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- 1st Issue Special #4 (July 1975)