Most superheroes of the 1940s were content to grab themselves a single origin, if they had one at all. Greedy Atom Blake, Boy Wizard, by contrast saddled himself up with enough origin to establish any two or more colorfully-apellated crimefighters in their chosen profession.
When he debuts in the pages of Wow Comics No.1, schoolboy Atom Blake already possesses Herculean strength and a mad-on for school bullies. Rocks can be crushed to dust in Atom's adolescent hands, and the boy exhibits unusual speed but, when a classmate asks him the origins of his unusual powers, all Atom can think to say is "I'll have to look into it."
|When you are gone ...|
|He says this in response to |
getting kissed by a girl
Translating the mathematical code language used by his father, Atom reads the following inscription "If the man in need or by evil oppressed can this message read, I will grant his request." Yes, Atom Blake has a wishing ring!
Initially, Atom can get the ring to provide any sort of wonder by simply asking in plain language. "Let these wires binding my wrists and ankles blow away in smoke," for instance, and "Tunnel, appear!" and so on. "Return this movie to Blockbuster for me!" "Download season two of Breaking Bad." All kinda commands.
Within a couple of appearances, Atom is dedicated to finding his lost father and trades his earth-bound adventures for explorations of deep space. Around this time, the rules surrounding his magical wishing ring change - it's powered by arithmetic rather than rhymes, which sounds like the next stage of hip-hop. Perhaps Atom's publisher, Fawcett, felt that the atomic wishing ring and Ibis the Invincible's all-powerful Ibistick bore a little too much in common to fly, and so the extra wrinkle of impenetrable and meaningless math was a better fit.
Reunited with his father and having picked up an alien princess as a playmate, Atom begins exhibiting powers like flight and teleportation, making him a sort-of interesting mix of Captain Marvel Jr and Ibis, a mishmosh of Fawcett's top two tiers of characters. He didn't last all that long, however, and hasn't returned despite DC arguably owning his rights after the protracted legal battle with Fawcett over the course of decades. Could Atom Blake, Boy Wizard, ever return? It's a mathematical longshot, but that was his specialty.
|He didn't know he could do this until he tried.|