Famous names: Jan Strand, Gil Kane

Crunchy goodness: 3


Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: Three stand-alone specials returned Ray Palmer to his mini-kingdom, only to have loggers destroy it at last. The original miniseries, plus the three specials, go for about $9 on ebay. Plus DC recently issued a trade collection, which goes for $20. More recently, The All-New Atom revisted this mini world, and found a whole village that worships Ray Palmer as a god.

Elevator pitch: It's Conan the Barbarian, only carrot-sized!

Sights you'll never unsee: The Atom, all done up with his barbarian bling, rides into battle on a frog.


The shit: Gil Kane's art has seldom been so dynamic, not to mention fun. He manages to make a fight with a mouse look intense and death-defying.

Life lesson: Sometimes waving a big sword and banging a yellow princess is just more fun than couple's counseling.

Cullen Bunn Column on Sword of the Atom