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Tuesday, 29 March 2016
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80 - INTRODUCING THE DOOM PATROL...
Isn't it weird that ARNOLD DRAKE, original writer (and
co-creator) of The DOOM PATROL, also wrote X-MEN after
leaving DC to go to MARVEL? Two misfit groups, both led by a
wheelchair-bound idealist whose intention it was to protect humanity.
If I'm not mistaken, both groups had their own BROTHERHOOD Of
EVIL to fight against, pushing credulity just a bit too far when it comes
to coincidence. Arnold Drake later said that he thought STAN LEE
must've heard about The Doom Patrol at the preparation stage and
stolen a jump on him. Poor Stan just can't win. It's asserted by
some that JACK KIRBY created the X-Men, not Stan - and
now he's also accused of ripping off Arnold Drake.
Hard to believe that I bought this mag at least 30 years ago. If
memory serves, I purchased it from PETE ROOT of AKA Books
& Comics in Glasgow's Virginia Galleries. I more than likely bought
it primarily because I'd read the New Doom Patrol in SHOWCASE
#s 94 to 96 back in the '70s, and therefore wanted to add the original
group's first appearance to my collection. In my never-ending quest
to give you a glimpse into yesteryear, I've decided to share the
cover and some of the interior pages with you here.
Incidentally, I've added the covers and splash pages of #s
95 & 96 of Showcase to my post about #94, which you'll see if
you click here. Wait 'til you've savoured the mood and the magic
of the pages on display here first 'though - I wouldn't want you to
exit prematurely and miss them, especially after all the time and
trouble I've gone to in scanning them just for you.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, March 29, 2016