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THE SECRET ORIGIN OF
RADIOACTIVE MAN!
Bart Simpson's Favorite Superhero
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Radioactive Man's secret identity was first revealed in the Simpsons TV episode "Three Men and a Comic Book," (pictured above), and later retold in Radioactive Man #1 from Bongo Comics (pictured below, with view of the issue's special glow in the dark cover!)
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The way Radioactive Man got his powers mirrors the origins of three classic super heroes: Hulk, Batman and Superman. First, we see Claude Kane III get caught in an atomic bomb test, much like Bruce Banner did when he became the Hulk. (Pictured below: panels from Radioactive Man #1 and The Incredible Hulk #1.)
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After radiation from the atomic bomb test gives Claude Kane III super powers similiar to Superman's, he muses upon his future in front of a big window, just as Bruce Wayne did before deciding to become Batman! Pictured below: a panel from Radioactive Man #1, and Batman's origin as told in Batman #1.
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After getting his powers and deciding to use them to fight evil, Claude Kane III adopts the costumed identity of Radioactive Man!

Then he holds an American flag (below) just like Superman did on the cover of Superman #25, pictured left.

"And thus is born this brightly-garbed champion of Justice, this defender of the USA, this enemy of nonconformity, this Radioactive Man!

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