September 1963

summary written by Lou Mougin (

"Three Against the Earth" (17 pages)
Cover: Bruno Premiani
Editor: Murray Boltinoff
Writer: Arnold Drake
Artist: Bruno Premiani

Character Notes

Villains: Duvoir, Durham, and Savatini (intro; three aliens)


The Chief's face is revealed to the world, but not his true identity or origin.

The title of chapter two, "The Conspiracy of the Green- Headed League," is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story "The Red-Headed League". Drake has confirmed in an interview that his inspiration for The Chief was Holmes's elder brother, Mycroft.


Newspaper publisher Roy Jamison exposes The Chief's features by taking a photo of him via a secret mini- camera located in a cigarette lighter he has given to Rita Farr as a gift. (The lighter also contains a mini-recorder.) When The Chief's photo is published, he tells phony stories of his "origin" to Cliff, Rita, and Larry. The version told to Rita is published after the lighter is stolen from her. This tale claims that the Chief was an alien. It serves to draw out of hiding a trio of true alien conspirators, who have been on Earth for seven years. They offer to include The Chief in their partnership, and reveal that they have a plot for taking over the planet through a ruse involving a heat- device. The Chief pretends to ally himself with the threesome, but later directs the Doom Patrol in a successful operation to destroy the heat-device and capture the alien conspirators.

Reviewer Comments

Some fun bits in a fairly routine story. The Chief's phony origin resembles a story from a Jack Schiff science fiction comic. Duvoir is clearly modelled on actor Sydney Greenstreet.

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