Sunday, December 30, 2012

Robotman Schematic

"Robotman Schematic" from Doom Patrol vol.1 #94 (DC, 1965) by Arnold Drake and Bob Brown
There have been 5 volumes of Doom Patrol, so that's gonna be a big part of this week. Hope you like the freakiest team in comicdom as much as I do! The one constant has always been Cliff Steele, Robotman, so I thought I'd start things off with his blueprint. Has Science invented "flexible ceramic metal" yet?

Volume 1 started at #86, picking up from My Greatest Adventure's numbering, where the team premiered 6 issues previously. Writer Arnold Drake, with no regard for the future (he was moving to Marvel), killed the team off in #121 when the book was canceled. Even so, the last issue included a plea for readers to show interest in a revival. It wouldn't happen for 9 years, when Robotman was shown to have survived. The new Doom Patrol was featured in Showcase and in various guest appearances, but it would take 10 years before they'd get their own series. Continued tomorrow.

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