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Erik Josten

Alias: Power-Man

Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Eyes: Brown, originally blue
Hair: Red, originally brown
Height: Originally 6'. Current powers allow growth up to 60'
Weight: Originally 225 lbs. Current powers allow growth up to 220,000 lbs.
Race: Energy being, originally human

Occupation: Former soldier of fortune and smuggler, then professional criminal, now adventurer
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Marital Status: Single
Identity: Known to the authorities
Known relatives: Carl Josten (brother, deceased)
Conrad Josten (brother)
Lindy Josten (sister, deceased)
Group affiliation: Lethal Legion
Masters of Evil
Base of operations: Mobile

Skills & abilities: Erik Josten's body is charged with ionic energy which he can channel into augmented strength and durability, enhanced by the ability to change size. Atlas possesses the ability to increase in size and mass anywhere from his normal height of 6 feet to his maximum limit of 60 feet. At his normal six foot size, Goliath can lift (press) between 20 and 30 tons, depending upon level of fatigue and other factors. At his maximum 60-foot stature, Atlas is able to lift in excess of 100 tons. Change in size requires Atlas to actively concentrate on change, making his change in size stable if he should become unconscious, on the other hand it also means that if he is mentally tired, changing size takes a lot of extra time and effort.

The combination of the two powers makes Josten slightly unstable, both mentally and physically. If he overexerts himself, he may become overcharged and explode into disembodied energy. Like his change in size this requires concentration, but at a larger scale e.g. focusing on his love for Dallas Riordan.

Continuity: Marvel Universe (616)
Publisher(s): Marvel Comics
First app.: as Power Man: Avengers #21 (1965)
as Smuggler: Spectacular Spider-Man #49 (1980)
as Goliath: Iron Man Annual #7 (1984)
as Atlas: Thunderbolts #1 (1997)
Creator(s): Stan Lee
Don Heck
Country of origin: USA USA

Related links/characters:
- Marvel Characters
- Avengers
- Baron Zemo/Citizen V
- Dallas Riodan
- Thunderbolts