|THE DOOM PATROL #89|
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"The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Menace" (17 pages)
Villain: The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man (Sven Larsen; intro)
The Doom Patrol are invited by Sven Larsen, a scientist who once studied under The Chief, to witness his attempt to create a form of artificial life in a large tank of electrically-charged amino acids. Larsen "accidentally" falls into the tank, emerges as a huge paramecium, and begins a destructive rampage. When the Doom Patrol attempt to stop it, they learn that the transformed Larsen can change into any form, animal, vegetable, or mineral. His rampages are specifically targeted at endangering members of the Doom Patrol. The Chief deduces that Larsen still wrongly believes that he stole from Larsen an idea for a ray which halts change in cells, and, furthermore, that Larsen deliberately fell into the tank to change himself into what they now call the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man. With the help of Cliff, Larry, and Rita, The Chief tricks A-V-M Man into changing to an animal form, and freezes him in that form with the very cell-stasis ray that caused the bad blood between them.
A nice story with considerable imaginative touches in A-V-M Man's transformations--paramecium, sulphur giant, tarantula, dandelion, horde of gnats--making for interesting art by Premiani.
Larry's and Rita's costumes change from green to red and white in this issue.
"The Private War of Elasti-Girl" (8 pages)
Intro: Allan L. Norton, Kim Lop
This is an Elasti-Girl story, with brief appearances by Robotman and Negative Man.
Rita Farr has done charity work by endorsing Kids' Town, a home for orphans. But the poster boy who appeared with her, Kim Loo, is desperately ill. A doctor reports that the sight of his foster father could possibly give him strength to recover. But the man who was scheduled to adopt him 12 years ago, Sgt. Allan L. Norton, is till Missing In Action in Korea. She learns that Norton is still alive, but amnesiac, and unreported due to a bureaucratic foul-up. When she finds Norton employed as a construction worker, Elasti- Girl witnesses him go into a flashback triggered by the machine gun-like sound of an air drill. Norton holes up in a dynamite shack, convinced he is still fighting the Korean War. Elasti-Girl restores his memory with a picture of Kim Loo and herself, and Norton is later united with the boy, who makes a speedy recovery.
A cute story, if somewhat contrived. Nice bits: Rita bucking up the chain of bureaucracy to get needed information.
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