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Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom Archives Volume 3 (v. 3) Hardcover – December 27, 2005
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One thing that stands out in these tales written by Paul S. Newman is his knowledge of science, specifically physics and nuclear physics. Newman isn't Stan Lee inventing contraptions like the Ultimate Nullifier. Clearly he either had more than a working knowledge of nuclear science or at least did his homework. He may have take his plots to the fantastic, but he seemed to have built them on a solid foundation of actual science. I don't know that I've ever read comic stories from the Silver Age that had a better grasp of scientific principles. Of course, I suppose this could have worked against the book if readers found the material to be a bit over their heads, though. Throughout most of the stories in this volume Solar is plagued by his arch-nemesis Dr. Nuro, who bares more than a slight resemblance in both looks and character to Lex Luthor.Read more ›
Gold Key (an imprint of Western Publications, thru its subsidiary "K.K. Publications) was an overall strange comic book company. Most of its products were licensed titles (tv shows, Disney, Walter Lantz, Tarzan, etc). It did do some original stuff (Magnus, Brothers of the Spear, Dr Spektor, Tragg, Dagar), including Doctor Solar. But, as usually, they did them different. All the adventure titles had full painted covers. They really didn't do any straight superheroes. Doctor Solar was probably the closest, but even then he was different. First off, Solar is his real name, "Man of the Atom" is his superhero name.
With all of these stories, his true foe is the mysterious Nuro. His main henchman is Uzbek, but in this volume, Nuro has a new favorite: the android Orun (who seems to be a copy in some respects to an android seen in the first volume). Orun soon supplants Uzbek, to the point that Uzbek betrays Nuro and his killed for his troubles. Nuro is an interesting, James Bond-style villian. Is he working for some world power (doesn't appear so)? In #16, his men are decked out in interesting uniforms, but we no longer see these uniforms in subsequent issues.
An interesting cliffhanger issue is the last story in the volume, where surrounded by various nations out to stop him, Nuro transfers his mind into Orun, and becomes "King Cybernoid". What is bizarre is that Nuro is almost a 'passenger' in Orun, as Orun still has his personality.
Another new character is also added toward the end of this volume: Gail's nephew, a student at MIT, whom Solar needs to distract from learning his dual identity.Read more ›