Debuting in 1940, Al Pratt, the Golden Age Atom, had an interesting back story.
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The character debuted in All-American Comics #19, as a short guy who got picked on.
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He was trained by a boxer to be so strong that he basically had super-strength.
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The next issue, he adopted a costume and the Mighty Atom was born!
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But look, there already WAS a Mighty Atom! Joe Greenstein, a short circus strongman.
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Joe Greenstein had an odd life. He actually survived getting shot in the forehead!
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He attacked a local American Nazi Party meeting and beat up 20 Nazis!
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Greenstein was still working in his 80s. He was likely the inspiration for Al Pratt.
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