My Doom Patrol! Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, Beast Boy/Changeling, The Chief and my own addition, Deadman!
The latest team I’ve added to my collection is the Doom Patrol! The Doom Patrol are more often than not compared to the X-Men, as they were created literally months apart and both featured a team of social outcasts led by a mobility impaired guy. The similarities don’t stop there as they both even faced off against “Brotherhoods”; The Doom Patrol with the Brotherhood of Evil and The X-Men with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Obviously the X-Men went on to become a whole different animal and is now one of the more popular comic book teams in the world. The Doom Patrol however has kind of played the role of outcast to a tee. From their status and (lack of) prominence in the (old) DCU proper to well every series of theirs after the first stint in My Greatest Adventure (later retitled The Doom Patrol) the Doom Patrol has consistently struggled with success and being third stringers.
Personally I think this is part of the charm of the Doom Patrol. I also think they have more in common with the Fantastic Four (with a twisted bent of course) than the X-Men when you get down to the nitty gritty of it. In any case I first came across the Doom Patrol back in New Teen Titans v2 #13. My younger brother collected both Teen Titans and The Outsiders (as well as a plethora of other DC Comics) while I was into just about anything that looked interesting. We used to go to this used bookstore called, McKay’s, back in the mid-90s and that is where the bulk of our collections came from. Obviously we would trade comics back and forth and read the other’s all the time and that is when I ran into the aforementioned New Teen Titans #13 which had one of the creepier covers I had come across at the time. There is way too much backstory to go into the whole thing but long story short after Beast Boy/Changeling is injured fighting Deathstroke, Raven, Starfire, and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) take him to Paradise Island for treatment while Kid Flash (Wally West), Robin (Dick Grayson), and Cyborg go searching for Robotman (who was searching for the killers of the Doom Patrol). The cover featured Robotman wrecked and hanging outside Madame Rouge and General Zahl’s (the killers of the Doom Patrol) headquarters with Robin, Kid Flash, and Cyborg looking on horrified. The cover seriously freaked me out and left so much of a lasting impression that I even remembered the issue number off of the top of my head. Man was The New Teen Titans good back then.
Of course I say “My” Doom Patrol because this is my iteration of the team. As any Doom Patrol fan knows the original team was the first team to be killed off in the final issue of a comic book ever. Since then there has been oh I dunno about 7 or 8 different versions of the team with only one constant, Cliff Steele, Robot Man.
My Doom Patrol features the classic members of the team, Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, from Mattel’s DC Universe Classics/DC Signature Collection and The Chief which was made with a Marvel Legend’s Professor Xavier with Starman’s alternate head). Later member, Beast Boy/Changeling and my own addition to the team, Deadman are both from DC Direct. Ok, I admit I honestly think Deadman just fits in perfectly with his coloring and the big “D” on his chest but at the same time I think he is just the right kind of misfit that would join up with the DP. Of course this is going to take a few tweaks to his origin to make him fit (and no I haven’t decided on them yet) but overall he is more of a part-time member, coming and going as he pleases and helping on special missions. I’m not sure how I’m going to explain how he communicates with the team but I promise explanations will be forthcoming with my latest project (which is still in the very early planning stages).
Any Doom Patrol fans in the house? What is your favorite iteration?