The Chief was the genius who brought together three victims of fate who had become outcasts of society and turned them into the Doom Patrol. Elasti-Girl, Negative Man, and Robotman would never have become heroes without his leadership. In fact, Robotman wouldn’t have existed if The Chief hadn’t invented his metallic body and transplanted his brain into it.
Confined to a wheelchair, The Chief convinced the Doom Patrol to use their unique powers to be his legs and aid mankind. Communicating with the Patrol remotely from their scientifically-advanced headquarters, The Chief guided his teammates as they tackled each urgent situation.
Given his superior intellect and scientific knowledge, it’s curious that The Chief never came up with a way to regain the use of his legs. At the very least he could have invented some swanky flying wheelchair that would have been more useful than the traditional model he used. Of course, if your looking for logic, you probably shouldn’t be reading comic books from the 1960s.
Illustrating one playing card a day using characters found between 1957-1967 in DC Comics. Tomorrow: Congo Bill!