Real Name: William Burns
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Affiliations: Professor Josiah Rhonne
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Willy the Wharf Rat
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Atomic Thunderbolt #1 (Regor Company, 1946)
Powers/Abilities: Able to fly and fire bolts of atomic energy.
History: Professor Josiah Rhonne is working on a way to alter the atomic structure of people so as to make them immune to radiation and nuclear explosions. Requiring someone to experiment on, he uses William Burns, a.k.a. Willy the Wharf Rat, who had suffered brain damage from a Nazi torpedo during the war. But an explosion in the laboratory causes an unexpected transformation in Willy, turning him into the Atomic Thunderbolt. In this new persona, Willy becomes a crimefighter.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
The Atom, Golden Age hero and member of the Justice Society of America
The Atom, Ray Palmer, Silver age hero and member of the Justice League of America
Atom, a youthful British hero who lives far in the future
Atoman, a Golden age hero
Atom Ant, a tiny insect superhero
Atomas, a French superhero
Atom Blake, a Golden age hero
Atome Kid, a French hero
Atomic Man, another Golden age hero
Atomics, heroes of Snap City
Atomic Tommy, a British hero of the 1940's, given superstrength by an "atomic jacket"
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