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Almost Gone! Recommended. By Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. Gathering all of the original, offbeat adventures from the 1960s in one massive omnibus collection! This was DC’s version of the X-Men–a rag-tag group as heroes. This fast-paced volume introduces The Doom Patrol, led by their wheelchair-bound chief, Niles Calder, three outcasts of society—Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Robotman—take the qualities that make them freaks to become heroes. The trio would take on bizarre menaces including General Immortus, the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man and the Brotherhood of Evil! DC, 2017. Out of print.

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Gathering all of the original, offbeat adventures from the 1960s in one massive omnibus collection! This was DC’s version of the X-Men–a rag-tag group as heroes. This fast-paced volume introduces The Doom Patrol, led by their wheelchair-bound chief, Niles Calder, three outcasts of society—Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Robotman—take the qualities that make them freaks to become heroes. The trio would take on bizarre menaces including General Immortus, the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man and the Brotherhood of Evil!

Wonderful art by the Italian artist Bruno Premiani, whose work elevated many DC titles well above the average. He co-created The Doom Patrol.

Here is writer Arnold Drake talking about bringing Premiani on board, in a 2001 interview: “But his superb draftsmanship, anatomy and design work turned my prejudice to dust. Still, could he give the DP the unique quality it needed — a quality I couldn’t define myself? Bruno’s first penciled pages told me we had truly lucked out. What he had recognized was that these super-heroes must be as human as possible. He captured that spirit from page one and sustained it for 42 issues: fabulous powers and fantastic enemies notwithstanding, The Chief, Rita, Larry and Cliff remained real people.”

One of the strangest superhero teams of all time, The Doom Patrol starred in a very successful Vertigo series in the 1980s, written by Grant Morrison.

Collects My Greatest Adventure #80-85, The Doom Patrol #86-121 and The Brave and The Bold #65.

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