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The Doom Patrol Archives, Vol. 1 (The Doom Patrol Archives #1)

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Made up of misfit super-heroes with unusual powers and abilities, the Doom Patrol embarked on and endured some of the most bizarre adventures ever imaginable. Assembled in this hardcover volume are the earliest escapades of Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, and the Chief. Reprinted as they originally appeared in the 1960s, this archive edition includes the Doom Patrol's ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by DC Comics

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Aug 10, 2014 Joseph rated it it was amazing
It's no secret I'm a fan of DC's Silver Age. It was a time of goofy, all ages comics, with bizarre sci-fi plots and villains predicated on the silliest of concepts. In hindsight, it's understandable that DC lost ground to Marvel during this time period, as the nation recoiled at the carnage in Vietnam and dealt with struggles over civil rights and women's liberation.

I've been recently reading the original run of Fantastic Four, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. It took a while, but I can now see the m
Jared Millet
Jan 02, 2014 Jared Millet rated it really liked it
I've loved the Doom Patrol ever since reading a reprint of "The Man Who Lived Twice" in an issue of Super-Team Family back in the late 70s. Then there was a DC Digest collection of classic stories a few years later, and the shocking New Teen Titans #13. When I got back into comics in college, Grant Morrison's take on the series was always at the top of my "to read" list. These classic stories, however, still hold up really well in comparison to the safer stories appearing in the more mainstream ...more
Brandon St Mark
A fun read. I'm not sure if this is considered Golden or Silver Age, but regardless, the style was similar enough to modern comics that I could read it (whereas for example the Doctor Fate Archive I found a little hard to read because it was so different). I like Negative Man is my favorite member so far.
J. Kevin
Apr 15, 2013 J. Kevin rated it it was amazing
The DC comics of the 1960s are known for being quirky and strange, but the Doom Patrol stands out even among that odd crew. Writer Arnold Drake gave us a team of heroes who weren't always squeaky clean and cheerful -- they could be bitter over the deformities that came along with their amazing powers, and they could be resentful when society shunned them as freaks. But they come together as a sort of surrogate family under the gruff but loveable Chief, and save the world against all odds. Artist ...more
May 31, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
The original Doom Patrol was a nice mix of the dysfunctional family vibe of the Fantastic Four and the 'freaks in a normal world' idea of X-men mixed in with some great adventures.

Plus, they had some cool bad guys! A brain in a glass bowl, a sinister, yet hot french woman, and a talking ape with a machine gun.
One of my all time favorite hero teams.
Adam Graham
May 31, 2013 Adam Graham rated it really liked it
In the 1960s, Marvel was creating more realistic and human characters. Arnold Drake got a chance to follow suit as DC with the creation of the Doom Patrol. Three people whose lives have been transformed due to tragic accidents become the Doom Patrol: Elasti-girl, Negative Man, and Robotman. All three have become recluses after accident, but a wheel chair bound genius doctor know as the Chief spurs them into action. Thus they set out saving the world and become the Doom Patrol.

Robotman is a man s
sweet pea
Apr 25, 2011 sweet pea rated it really liked it
i stumbled upon the Doom Patrol at my bookstore. me lovey! they have all the flavor of a classic superhero group, but...the womyn actually does things! Rita Farr is a great character who is constantly saving the group due to her quick decision-making (whereas Larry and Cliff, who also save the day, are generally following orders from the Chief). plus her clothes inexplicably enlarge and shrink with her (amazing!). the group works well together, with less bickering than the Fantastic Four. the vi ...more
Aug 29, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Silver Age fans
Just like a TV show a comic book series takes awhile to jell, but once it does it cooks like crazy. The Doom Patrol is no exception...the first stories seem tentative and unsure of their place in comics, but by the time the series changes from "My Greatest Adventure" to their self-titled book but it's time for the usual Doom Patrol insanity. The origin of the Professor is just as bent as Cliff, Larry and Rita's struggles.
Nov 29, 2009 John rated it liked it
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So the Doom Patrol. Three social misfits led by a handicapped man in a wheelchair. First, they fought General Immortus. Then a giant robot that tried to kidnap the Statute of Liberty and the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. But their arch-enemies were the Brotherhood of Evil, an evil (surprise) society consisting of the disembodied brain of a genius in jar, and a super-intelligent gorilla that speaks French. In conclusion, this is everything that is great about Silver Age comic books.
Mar 21, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Utterly brilliant from start to finish. This ground-breaking series is what the X-men were patterned on. Great art work and terrific stories. I strongly suggest you buy and read all five volumes. And the ending of the series! Another landmark. Exceptional comic booking for exceptional readers.
Sep 28, 2013 Reggie rated it really liked it
X-Men, eat your heart out.
Mar 19, 2017 Samuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
As corny as the story is I actually liked it. This is the first 10 issues of Arnold Drake's Doom Patrol dating from June 1963-August 1964. If you know anything of comic book history then you will pick up the similarities with another famous silver age comic, X-Men, who oddly started the same exact time. Both have superheroes who are seen by the public as "freaks", both have a male leader in a wheelchair, and both have the main villain teem starting with the word "brotherhood". I've read Grant Mo ...more
Samantha Harris
Nov 25, 2015 Samantha Harris rated it really liked it
A very fun read, and definitely one I recommend if you enjoy the Silver Age of comics. Old Doom Patrol had a good, fun, solid start in this volume, and I personally got a kick out of everyone's powers: Larry spends most of his time fainting in order to send out the speedy Negative Man, Rita Farr gets to be the team's heavy muscle during a time when most female superheroes had polite powers like invisibility and telepathy, and Cliff the Robot Man is tough but mostly ducking into situations on Chi ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-2011
This is really fun and light, despite the main tenet and name of the team. I took a star off because some if it is a bit dated, but it doesn't render it any less enjoyable...just sometimes overly verbose.
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Aug 22, 2012 Adam Cummings rated it liked it
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