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"The Incredible Origin of the Chief": A new criminal named the Baron has appeared and has been pulling off boastful and fantastic crimes. His first is robbing a charity casino aboard a cruise ship using a submarine, and later stealing an armored car with an airplane. He later boasts that he will
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Synopsis for "The Incredible Origin of the Chief"
A new criminal named the Baron has appeared and has been pulling off boastful and fantastic crimes. His first is robbing a charity casino aboard a cruise ship using a submarine, and later stealing an armored car with an airplane. He later boasts that he will next rob a jewelry store, garnering the attention of the Doom Patrol. The Chief deduces that the Baron would dig into the store from underneath. In spite of being slowed up by security, the Doom Patrol arrive to try and stop the Baron, however the Baron manages to escape with the loot.
Returning to Doom Patrol headquarters, the Doom Patrol are told by the Chief that he believes their enemy is really General Immortus in disguise. He finally decides to tell the Doom Patrol his origins, about how he was a young scientist named Niles Caulder who pursued his education in the sciences even at his own financial ruination. One night he was visited by a representative of an unknown employer who offered to pay him two million dollars to try and find a way to cheat death. Caulder agreed and devised a ray that could bring the dead back to life shortly after death.
Curious about his employer, Caulder would follow his employers representative and learn that his employer is the evil General Immortus. One of his men catches Caulder and Immortus demands that he turn over the secrets to his device. When Niles refuses, he has a bomb implanted in his chest that Immortus can choose to detonate at any time. Not wishing the knowledge of his device to be put in the hands of such an evil man, Caulder would then confront Immortus in his own home, pretending his pipe is a gun in order for Immortus to shoot him. Dying, Caulder would make his way back home and have one of his robots remove the bomb after his death (As it would be rendered harmless after his heart stopped) and revive him with the ray.
In order to prevent Immortus from eventually gaining the technology he created, Caulder would destroy his notes, the device, and even his robot aid so that the only place where the devices secrets would be kept would be in his own mind. Finishing his story, the Chief tells him that he has feared the General ever since.
When the Baron attacks a town in order to rob the Black Cat Casino, the Doom Patrol are deployed to stop him. This time the Baron is prepared for the Doom Patrol and has specialized traps to stop them from preventing his theft. Through Robotman's remote camera, the Baron reveals that he is indeed General Immortus in disguise and demands the Chief exchange the knowledge of his immortality ray for the lives of his comrades.
When the Chief arrives on the scene, Immortus is not prepared for the fact that the Chief has brought devices to free the captured Doom Patrol. Freeing his comrades, they chase after General Immortus who tries to escape in a locomotive. However when Elasti-Girl grabs it, a rocket shoots out of it. Larry sends out Negative Man to stop the rocket, causing it to explode and seemingly killing Immortus. Later, the Chief suspects that their crafty foe has likely escaped death again and that next time he appears they will be ready for him.
This issue is reprinted in its entirety in Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 1.
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