For John Dillinger, in hope he is still alive.
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Toytown ad by Ed Benedict.
Alex Toth illustrations on commercial storyboards for Underoos.
Who are the Doom Patrol?
2) Elasti-Girl, aka Rita Farr
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Olympic gold medalist turned Hollywood superstar, Rita Farr was shooting a movie in Africa when, while performing her own swimming stunt, she was carried downriver into a crevasse full of volcanic gases. Exposure to these gases, she discovers, enables her to shrink her body down to a matter of inches or grow to several stories tall, imbuing her with colossal strength.
At first she cannot control these changes in size, becoming a danger to herself and others. Worrying that she will be labeled a menace and a freak, Rita withdraws from the spotlight and goes into seclusion, until she is recruited by Dr. Niles Caulder to join the Doom Patrol.
With time and practice, Rita is able to fine tune control of her growing abilities, even becoming able to shrink or grow a single limb at a time when necessary.
Rita comes to be the empathetic heart of the team, often mediating between the gruff Cliff Steele, the impetuous Larry Trainor, and the coldly analytical Chief Caulder. Naturally, she soon finds Cliff and Larry competing for her affections, but she stymies them both when she marries the World’s Richest Asshole Psychic, Steve Dayton (though she does this on her own terms as well; see last image above). Her greatest act of compassion, perhaps, is when she and Steve adopt their orphaned teammate, Gar Logan (aka Beast Boy), to remove him from the clutches of his corrupt caretaker.
While the obvious comparison would be to the Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm Richards, the fact is, while Sue was still worrying about being a “useless female,” Rita was often taking charge in the field, showing real resourcefulness in using her abilities to their utmost potential.
Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani’s Doom Patrol for the rest of 2013 by using and checking the hashtag #doomsgiving.
The most important clarification when doing things “Earth-style.”