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Monday, May 4, 2015

Doom Patrol Key Issues Part 6

This is Part 6 and the last part of this Doom Patrol key issues list. Most of the ones here aren't all that sought out much in the current market at large or at the time of this writing, but they are key issues regardless.

If you missed Part 5, click the link, or else continue onward. Let's wrap this up.

1st brief appearance of Flex Mentallo
1st appearance of Danny the Street
1st Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E.
1st Darren Jones
A creation of Grant Morrison, Flex Mentallo is an odd ball character that saw a bit of popularity and is a parody of Charles Atlas. The Charles Atlas company would be unhappy with the likeness used in such a way and filed a trademark infringement suit against DC Comics.

Of course, they didn't win. Flex Mentallo has the power to alter reality by flexing his muscles.

This comic also has the first appearance of Danny the Street. Danny is an actual street and sentient being. He has been a home and haven for the strange and dispossessed.

He can teleport and also has the ability to integrate himself into a city's geography without causing any disturbance or structural damage to the surrounding landscape. Crazy Jane would become a close friend of Danny the Street and even lived there when Danny became Danny the World in an alternate universe or Earth.

In volume 5 of the Doom Patrol comic series, Danny the Street was leveled by Mister Somebody Enterprises. Crazy Jane saved a brick from one of the buildings and that brick held all of Danny's sentience.

In the New 52 reboot, Danny the Street was a member of the Teen Titans. 

The Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. are pretty minor villains. Their leader is Darren Jones, a man who thinks of himself as the perfect example of normalcy and wants to eradicate the strange or not so normal. His first appearance is also in Doom Patrol #35.

Doom Patrol #35 was published August, 1990.

1st full appearance of Flex Mentallo

Doom Patrol #36 has the first full appearance of Flex Mentallo, and possibly the 1st full appearance or 2nd appearance of Danny the Street. Not sure which, but this issue is definitely the 1st full appearance of Flex Mentallo.

This issues sees Daren Jones and his Men from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. try to destroy Danny the Street. Actually, it might those characters 1st full appearance also.

Rhea Jones is also seen waking up from her coma in Doom Patrol #36, but she would change in a metamorphosis type thing. This comic was published September, 1990.

Rachel Pollack scripts begin
1st DP issue under Vertigo imprint
After Grant Morrison leaves the series, Rachel Pollack takes up writing duties for the Doom Patrol volume 2 series. Her arrival would take the comic into more adult themes, especially sexuality, and pushing the limits in terms of against the grain characters that Pollack created and introduced.

This is the first Doom Patrol issue to be published under the Vertigo imprint. Rachel Pollack would also have Dorothy Spinner as a primary character in the series.

Rachel Pollack persistently wrote to letters to the editors of DC Comics and the Doom Patrol to allow her to write for the series. The letters are factual, but it is unclear of whether the letters gained her employment to be the series new writer.

Rachel Pollack is also a transsexual and that theme was also explored during her tenure as writer for the Doom Patrol. March, 1993 was when Doom Patrol #64 was published.

1st appearance of the Bandage People
Bandage People join team
Although not major players, the Bandage People are a contribution from Rachel Pollack's run and they did join the Doom Patrol for a while. The Bandage People are actually George and Marion, escaped slaves whose essence were contained in wrapped bandages.

They could extend and manipulate their bandages. Doom Patrol #67 was published June, 1993.

1st appearance of Coagula

Coagula just may be the first transsexual super heroine in comics. Her real name is Kate Godwin and was a former prostitute.

Larry Trainor as Rebis was a client, and after sleeping with him, she mysteriously gained the ability to turn solids into liquids with a single touch. The character would seemingly die in Doom Patrol #9 volume 3.

September, 1993 was when Doom Patrol #70 was published.

1st Fever & Kid Slick
1st Fast Forward & Freak
1st appearance of Thayer Jost
1st appearance Robotman II
This relaunch of the Doom Patrol under John Arcudi and artist Tan Eng Huat returned the Doom Patrol to DC Comics mainstream universe as it was not under the Vertigo imprint. New characters are also introduced.

The series explained what happened to the previous Doom Patrol members. It seems that Dorothy Spinner had a mental breakdown and killed most of the members at end of Pollack's run. Robotman II was created from Spinner's imagination, and he would fade from existence once he discovers his origins, bringing back Cliff Steele as Robotman.

This Doom Patrol is company owned. The owner and operater was Thayer Jost of Jost Enterprises. Fast Forward is Ted Bruder and has the ability to see 60 seconds into the future.

Shyleen Jao is Fever and has the ability of heat transfer and can control fire to a certain degree. She would die in Terror Titans #1. Victor Darge is Kid Slick and has a force field, and Ava or the Freak has Prehensile Hair much like the Marvel character Medusa.

The publishing date for this comic is December, 2001.

JLA #94
1st appearance of Grunt
1st appearance of Nudge
1st appearance of Vortex
1st appearance of Crucifer
The first appearance of John Byrne's Doom Patrol is in JLA #94. For some reason, this rebooted series retroactively eliminated Beast Boy's origins and all previous Doom Patrol continuity. The past continuity would be brought back later however.

It did bring back the original members of Robotman, Elasti-Girl, Negative Man and the Chief, but it also introduced new members as well, three of which make their first appearances in this issue.

Henry Bucher is Grunt, whom was kidnapped and experimented on against his will. His brain was transferred to a four armed ape.

Mi-Sun Kwon is Nudge, friend of Grunt and is a telepathic. Vortex is a mysterious being comprised purely of energy from the distant future. He can produce a Silent Scream or force blast from his mouth and also has a Horrific Stare. Directly looking at Vortex when his energy is exposed can cause one to go insane.

Crucifer is minor villain in the DC Universe but also makes his first appearance in this title. May, 2004 is the publishing date for this comic.

The fifth roster of the team sees the return of Mento, Crazy Jane and Danny the Street to the Doom Patrol. The original team members are used and Nudge and Grunt from the John Byrne run return as well. New member to the fifth roster is Ambush Bug who makes his first appearance in DC Comics Presents #52.

The sixth roster or the New 52 Doom Patrol team sees the return of the original members such as the Chief, Robotman, Elasti-Girl or Elasti-Woman, and Negative Man. Members from the 2nd roster or Paul Kupperberg's Doom Patrol are also part of the team.

Celsius returns in the New 52, and Valentina Vostok returns as Negative Woman but is killed off along with Karma and Scott Fisher.

An interesting DC Comics superhero team for sure. If you missed Part 5 of this series you can click the PREVIOUS link below. This concludes this Doom Patrol key issues series. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed.


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