Doom Patrol #121 – October, 1968
I found DOOM PATROL #121 at the short-lived “west branch” of PORT COMICS. I already knew about the final fate of the Doom Patrol, but now I was able to experience it firsthand.
Doom Patrol had been a series ahead of its time from the beginning. And though it had kind of lost its way towards the middle-end of its run, it redeemed itself in classic style in this final issue. For, in this story, the DP members allow a villain to blow them all to smithereens in exchange for sparing the lives of the 14 inhabitants of a coastal fishing village.
In 1968, super heroes simply didn’t die, as a rule, so the conclusion was both shocking and realistic, and in keeping with the fatalistic undercurrent the series always had. Of course, people can never leave well enough alone, and so three of the four Patrollers have since been revealed to have survived their apparent demise.