A couple of days later, a disillusioned Ray and some friends became trapped in a cave-in while out spelunking.
Ray was forced to risk instability and use the shrinking lens on himself in order to escape the cave and save the lives of his friends.
He was a member of the original Justice League of America, where he gained a great deal of respect from his peers.
Aside from his crime-fighting career, he is also one of the world's top scientific minds, given his background as a brilliant physicist.
During the encounter, they battle Toyboy, Johnny's evil half brought to life when Mrs.
Burns is briefly endowed with mental powers following a scientific accident.
In his first recorded adventure, the Atom stopped the crook Carl Ballard from exploiting the tiny alien Kulan Dar, to commit his crimes.
Foiling this plot, the Atom became a trusted hero in Ivy Town, and established a great working relationship with the local police.
Keeping his discoveries a secret, even from his girlfriend Jean Loring, Ray created the identity of the Atom and began a career of crime fighting in Ivy Town.
As the Atom, Ray would travel back time to ancient Middle East where he would help a young boy named Hassan best a group of thieves and bring back a golden Dinar for Hyatt's study.