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Atlas (Kirby First Issue Special) (DC Comics)

Atlas

(Jack Kirby's)


Power Level:
Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

Context

DC’s First Issue Special, starting in 1975, was a way to throw characters at a wall and see what stuck. The first issue featured a Jack Kirby creation, Atlas. As it happened, Atlas didn’t stick and vanished for decades.

This profile was done years before his 2008 return, and thus only covers his First Issue Special appearance. Given the low amount of material, a lot of this profile is speculative. It was more of a seed for a character, really.

Thus, this profile is chiefly intended for gamemasters who’d like a base to build upon to introduce a Kirbyesque character in their campaign. Though I suppose he could also be turned into a Player Character .


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Other Aliases: Atlas the Untamed, Atlas the Great.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: About 7’ Weight: About 400 lbs..
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

Atlas is superhumanly strong, able to crush solid rock. Furthermore, he is a formidable bare-hands fighter, displaying fantastic speed and coordination.

Even as a child, he was as strong as a full-grown athlete, and a competent wrestler.


History

Atlas hails from a distant heroic fantasy land, belonging to the past. It might be the past of a similar dimension such as Myrra or Skartaris.

As a child, Atlas lived in a village populated by people coming from the Crystal Mountain. This provenance gave them some kind of great power, and seemingly explains the might of Atlas.

The village was attacked and overwhelmed by an armed troop of slavers. Atlas’s father hid his kid in a cave. The father then fought powerfully against many men before being eventually killed.

The naïve child rushed to his father’s help but was grabbed by the leader of the slavers, a lizardman named Hyssa. Lizardmen are largely human persons with vaguely amphibian/reptilian facial features, and possibly some other lizard-like traits.

To Hyssa’s surprise, the superstrong child broke free from his grasp and fled.

Boy adventurer

Sprinting to cover in a nearby marsh, the boy met a wanderer named Chagra. When the marauders left the duo entered the burning ruins of the village. The boy recovered a very large precious stone from a hut. This gem, a fragment of the Crystal Mountain, is the traditional treasure of the chief in Atlas’s culture.

With his dad gone, Atlas was now the leader of his stolen people. Apparently knowing of the Crystal Mountain, Chagra swore allegiance to Atlas and became his travelling companion. Chagra’s experience as a traveller supplemented his young chief’s heroism and power.

The two wanderers had many adventures. Atlas vanquished great beasts, performed heroic acts, saved lives, toppled tyrants and demonic cults, and the like. He also was crowned as the Champion among gladiators at least once. During this fight he wielded a weapon looking like a the mast of a small ship.

Return to Crystal Mountain

Years later, Chagra asked Atlas to take him to Crystal Mountain. Apparently, only natives could safely navigate this land. Atlas agreed, on the condition that Chagra first take him to the Lizard Kingdom. To get there, Chagra first had them cross the Forbidden Region of Fire, with which he was familiar.

Soon, they were in Hyssa, a city of the Lizard Kingdom. To gather funds, Chagra became a street barker as Atlas performed feats of strength and wrestling that amazed onlookers.

Soon enough they ran into trouble with a local noble claiming right of way. This swiftly escalated into a confrontation with the city guard and from there with the ruler of the city, Hyssa. Atlas immediately recognised the slaver from his childhood.

What happened next is unrevealed, and will likely remain so… forever !!


Description

Atlas is a large, muscular fellow with striking blue eyes and a very Kirby-esque outfit. Everything about him screams “hero”.

Although his story is a barbarian heroic fantasy one, he does not look barbaric in the least.


Personality

A straightforward, noble adventurer with something of a superheroic code of honour mixed with Hercules-like trials and travels.

Atlas has a tremendous, and justified, confidence in his moral superiority and his might. He does not think twice before calmly challenging the guard of an entire city to fight in the name of fairness.

There is a strong “noble in exile” cast to his character. His entire attitude demands that he be treated with a respect he does not have to ask for. Of course, he always acts nobly, without any compromise.

Atlas isn’t verbose. Although he speaks eloquently when needed, he prefers to keep it brief and chiefly talks when it is necessary.


Quotes

“I am Atlas !… and I care little for pompous worms who travel on the back of slaves !!”


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Atlas

Dex: 08 Str: 10 Bod: 06 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 07 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Hero
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 026 HP: 050

Powers:
Growth: 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Growth is Always On and Already Factored In.

Skills:
Animal handling (Horses): 05, Charisma: 08, Martial Artist*: 08

Advantages:
Buddy (Chagra), Lightning Reflexes, Iron Nerves.

Connections:
Underworld (Low), Mercenary scene (Low), Street (Low).

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance (Great size and charisma).

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: First Issue Special #1 (1975)

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