The nuclear age not only brought about fear of nuclear weapons and ushered in a new age of technology, but it also spurred the creation of superheroes and other characters based on nukes. This is reflected in the creation of characters like the Hulk and Godzilla, who are symbols of the wrath of nuclear power. But some still believe nuclear power can be used for good. Here are some of them, along with a few villains who believe nuclear power is their best tool for villainy.
The inspiration for Dr. Manhattan, Captain Atom is another old-school hero. In the Charlton Comics version, he was a technician who accidentally launched in a nuclear rocket, and it exploded, although the technician got powers from the radiation. In the DC Comics version, he was a soldier who had been used in a nuclear bomb experiment. It fused to his body a metal with energy-absorbing properties and thus he became Captain Atom under a government program.
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A nuclear accident fuses High school student Ronnie Raymond and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Martin Stein into one being: Firestorm, the Nuclear Man. Both personalities however still exist in the being. He not only creates fire from this body, but can change the atomic structure of anything.
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Jonathan Osterman is transformed by an accident into a being that can control matter and has tremendous psionic powers. Unfortunately, he is used by the U.S. government to flex its powers around the world. He is the only character who actually has superpowers among the Watchmen. Perhaps he is the most popular nuclear-themed hero now because of the recent movie.
A Chinese nuclear physicist exposes himself to massive doses of radiation and obtains powers to help him fight Thor. He is a recurring enemy of the Avengers.
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