Golden Age Origin
Commander William (Bill) L. Battle was a world war 2 flying ace, master spy and divisional director of the US Secret Service. While patrolling the skies after reports of a UFO in the area, Battle's plane collided with a flying saucer. Battle and his copilot ejected from the plane, with Battle suffering a broken leg. His copilot decided to investigate the damaged saucer which had landed nearby and was abducted as Battle helplessly looked on.
After later saucer sightings observed the ship diving into the Atlantic ocean and fearing that the saucer was a Russian secret weapon, the construction of the Atomic Sub was ordered into immediate production to combat this threat in October 14, 1951. Personally chosen by President Eisenhower to command the sub, he was given the task of finding three of most outstanding men he could find for his crew. Aftyer a nation-wide search, Battle selected the following men:
- Dr. Edwin Blake, aka "Doc": Award-winning scientist who is an expert on atomic fission and a master of modern mechanics.
- David B. Ruggles, aka "Champ": Champion boxer, wrestler, decathlete and weightlifter.
- Tony Gardello, aka "Gardello the Great": World-renowned escape artist.
As the Atomic Command Corps aka the Atomic Commandos, Battle and his crew searched for the area of the ocean the saucers were seen to dive into. After discovering that aliens from Mercury had built a base on the ocean floor to launch an attack to conquer Earth, the Commandos were able to use the sub's advanced atomic weapons to destroy the base and save the planet.
He kept a 1-way radio in a false heel of his shoe dialed to a special wavelength to talk to the crew of the Atomic Sub.
Golden Age Appearances
- Commander Battle and the Atomic Sub #1-7