THE DOOM PATROL #103, May 1966|
Summary written by Lou Mougin (email@example.com)
"The Meteor Man" (13 pages)
Guest stars: Beast-Boy, Mento
Professor Randolph Ormsby accompanies the Doom Patrol, Mento, and stowaway Beast-Boy on a rocket flight to study a giant meteor in space. Ormsby takes the full brunt of cosmic rays emanating from the meteor and becomes a berserk living being of flaming iron, the Meteor Man. Both the Doom Patrol and Meteor Man return to Earth and do battle. The Meteor Man gains size every time he melts metal into himself, and resists every attempt by the Doom Patrol to neutralize his poweer. Finally, Mento and The Chief hit upon a successful plan to amplify Mento's telekinetic power, levitate Meteor Man into the air, and deprive him of contact with the iron-bearing Earth. The Meteor Man shrinks and reverts to the form of Professor Ormsby again, fully cured.
Not really a good story. Nothing much to Ormsby's character other than that he sneezes a lot. The Meteor Man is visually interesting, but that's about it. Arnold Drake responds to the "camp" era of that time by overamping his usually-good dialogue wisecracks. And Beast-Boy's stowaway bit isn't credible. This is hardly better than a contemporary issue of Blackhawk.
"No Home For a Robot" (12 pages)
Intro: Randy and Helen Steele, Lt. Briar
This story features Robotman and The Chief. It takes place before MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80, and continues between issues #101 and 105.
Robotman seeks refuge at the home of his kid brother, Randy Steele, and of Randy's wife Helen. Strangely, Randy refuses to take Cliff in. On his way out, Cliff notices two hardcases parked near Randy's home. He trails them and Randy to the factory where Randy works, and learns that the two men are crooks who steal the prototype jet-packs invented there, intending to use them in robberies. Helen has been held captive, unbeknownst to Robotman, by a hidden third confederate in their home. Cliff helps the two crooks escape in order to capture them later himself, after which he forces them to phone the police, clear Randy Steele's name, save Helen, and apprehend the third crook. Later, Robotman almost walks into a trap set by police Lt. Briar, assigned to his capture. But The Chief springs the trap prematurely and deliberately, allowing Cliff to escape. Later, Randy makes much-needed repairs to Cliff's body, and Cliff escapes only seconds before Lt. Briar arrives to question Randy.
This story saves the issue. Robotman's fugitive status is intensified by the introduction of Lt. Briar, his Javert. Randy and Helen Steele are good additions to the cast, and it's a shame neither of them appeared in later issues...not even getting a cameo in the DP death issue. Drake is getting ready to wrap up the Robotman-Iac series, but it would have been fun to have Cliff play cat-and-mouse with Briar for a few issues more.
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