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Kane cvr/artDC's success with reintroducing Golden Age characters in the pages of Showcase and giving the heroes a makeover for the Silver Age proved to be such a smash that the practice is generally recognized as the stroke of genius that saved the comic industry from falling apart. The rebirth of the Flash and Green Lantern proved to be so popular that the publisher would continue the hot streak by bringing back the Atom, the diminutive hero that was a bit of a hit back in the golden days.
In Atom #1 Ray Palmer takes on the Plant Master, who uses mutated, intelligent plants in a plot to take over the world. After being imprisoned in a Venus flytrap, Atom teams up with the leader of a group of Dryads that have been enslaved by Plant Master to take down the floral fiend.
Gil Kane was a Latvian-born American comics artist whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s and virtually every major comics company and character. Kane co-created the modern-day versions of the superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, and co-created Iron Fist with Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics. He was involved in such major storylines as that of The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98, which, at the behest of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, bucked the then-prevalent Comics Code Authority to depict drug abuse, and ultimately spurred an update of the Code. Kane additionally pioneered an early graphic novel prototype, His Name Is... Savage, in 1968, and a seminal graphic novel, Blackmark, in 1971. In 1997, he was inducted into both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Harvey Award Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.