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Real Identity: Ray Palmer
Affiliation(s): Justice League Unlimited
Appearances (JLU): Initiation, The Return, Dark Heart, The Balance, Clash, Flashpoint, Panic in the Sky, Divided We Fall, To Another Shore and Destroyer
Appearances (JLI Comics): The Mirror Crack'd, The Mirror Crack'd Part Two, The Mirror Crack'd Part Three, and The Mirror Crack'd Part Seven
Powers/Skills: Has the ability to manipulate his size and knowledge of Science and Technology
Voiced By: John C. McGinley
Professor Ray Palmer works at the prestigious Ivytown University in Boston. By chance, he came upon a fragment of a white dwarf star and studied its miraculous physical properties and unique density. Palmer discovered the star could be used to shrink himself. On one occasion the immortal, Vandal Savage attempted to steal Palmer's white dwarf star for one of his plans to take over the world but was stopped by the Justice League. Palmer devised a suit that utilized the star's power and took the codename The Atom. At a microscopic size, Palmer can travel on electronic pulses in telephones or in the subatomic universe with relative ease.
The Atom joined the Justice League and was often called on for recon, surveillance or to solve complex problems that fighting can't solve. Despite being microscopic, the star's density allows Palmer to match the strength of a normal sized human but despite all this, the Atom is often underestimated as a superhero. He was called on to help Lex Luthor combat AMAZO and also destroy the Dark Heart. Years later, he attended Flash's surprise birthday party. With Wayne Aerospace's funding, the Atom and Mr. Terrific finished upgrading the Javelin fleet. They presented the Infinity-1 Javelin to J'onn J'onzz, Flash, Shayera Hol, Batman, Vixen, Green Lantern, and Lois Lane. Atom believed it took his genius to put it together and complimented Terrific as a wonderful assistant. Terrific retorted the Javelin would still be a thousand-piece jigsaw without him. Lane was apprehensive but Atom assured her the Justice League always came back. She knew it was bravado on his part, but his words still gave her comfort nonetheless.