What may have been in a parallel universe, had DC Comics published the Action-Heroes in the mid to late 1960s rather than Charlton.
When you get down to it, some stark realities reveal themselves through this exercise:
- All of these characters except one (Adam Strange) were principally defined by the teams they joined.
- Two had their own self-titled comics (Atom and Karate Kid...although Strange had a mini-series later).
- All were all zapped by energies (Thunderbolt/solar/Zeta/White Dwarf/chronological) which sent them to unexpected locales throughout the multiverse.
- All of them were B-level characters that shined most when they were underestimated by those around them.