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  • Debuting in 1940, Al Pratt, the Golden Age Atom, had an interesting back story. 1 / 9

  • The character debuted in All-American Comics #19, as a short guy who got picked on. 2 / 9

  • He was trained by a boxer to be so strong that he basically had super-strength. 3 / 9

  • The next issue, he adopted a costume and the Mighty Atom was born! 4 / 9

  • But look, there already WAS a Mighty Atom! Joe Greenstein, a short circus strongman. 5 / 9

  • Joe Greenstein had an odd life. He actually survived getting shot in the forehead! 6 / 9

  • He attacked a local American Nazi Party meeting and beat up 20 Nazis! 7 / 9

  • Greenstein was still working in his 80s. He was likely the inspiration for Al Pratt. 8 / 9

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