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"The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Menace": This story is reprinted from Doom Patrol #89.
Appearing in "The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Menace"
- Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Menace"
This story is reprinted from Doom Patrol #89.
Biologist Sven Larsen, a former student who once held a grudge against the Chief has become a successful scientist and apparently buried the hatched over a perceived notion that the Chief stole one of his ideas. Inviting the Doom Patrol to witness one of his experiments, Larsen is brought to the site by the Doom Patrol in their own unique way. Conducting an experiment, Larsen tries to create new life from scratch but apparently becomes a victim of his experiment when he falls in a vat of chemicals and is seemingly turned into a gigantic amoeba.
As the Doom Patrol tries to stop the rampaging amoeba, they are surprised to find that the creature can change it's form into any shape and form it desires. The creature manages to best the Doom Patrol at every turn and escape. When they study Larsen's notes, they find that Larsen had done this to himself on purpose months before becoming the "Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man" and making the rampage appear as an accident as a bizarre revenge scheme against the Chief.
After another battle against the Doom Patrol, the A-V-M Man manages to have the advantage over the Doom Patrol, being able to transform into just about anything to counter them. Eventually, the Chief comes up with a solution: The very device that Larsen accused the Chief of stealing: a device that can freeze living creatures. Because it will only work on A-V-M Man if he assumed the form of an animal or plant, they attack him again, tricking him into turning into a tiger and using the device to freeze him so that he cannot change shape again. With Larsen's threat neutralized, the Doom Patrol are able to use his own notes in order to seemingly change him back to normal and turn him over to the authorities to seek psychiatric help.
Appearing in "We Battled the Micro-Monster"
Synopsis for "We Battled the Micro-Monster"
This story is reprinted from My Greatest Adventure #76.
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