Atom (1962) 45
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Final issue of the series. Cover by Joe Kubert. "Queen Jean, Why Must We Die?", script by Denny O'Neil, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Sid Greene; Jean Loring sees the face of a killer she had unsuccessfully defended on everyone she meets, and goes berserk; Ray Palmer tries to help her, and discovers that his Alpha Energy machine is radiating unusually; He locks Jean in a room, while he investigates the source as the Atom; In doing so, he encounters a tiny armored warrior, and has his arm coated in silver, as well as being irradiated by another Alpha-Ray machine; His only choice is to become large again, whereupon he finds that Jean is gone. Ray calls Carter Hall for help, and they find the armor is the same as that found in Death Valley, apparently left by aliens, so they travel there and find identical alpha emissions; Atom figures that Jean is being held in a sub-atomic world there, and, using his lens-sizer (seen in Hawkman #9), shrinks Hawkman to sub-atomic size; They land on the radiation's source planet, where they are immediately attacked by robot birds piloted by a crazed Jean, and both are knocked out. Letters to the editor from comics writers Mike Barr and Steven Grant. 36 pgs., full color. $0.12. Cover price $0.15.