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Doom Patrol v. 1
Doom Patrol 99 cover In November, 1965, the Doom Patrol found at their headquarters a lion print, a huge bird feather, and a tuft of gorilla hair. The cover read "NEW! Meet Beast-Boy, the wildest, weirdest teen tornado in comics history! See him try to blast his way onto the team!"

The usually observant Chief failed to immediately notice that Gar was green, but the rest of the Doom Patrol instantly decided that he was going to be a huge pain.  The teen wanted only one thing, to join the Doom Patrol, and was given a chance to prove himself on a mission.

Gar's origin appeared in issue 100, along with the first appearance of Galtry (his guardian), Gar's first costume and mask, and the first explanation of where Gar's clothes go when he changes shape (Robotman: Hey kid-- when your body changes-- how come your clothes disappear?  Gar: They don't. Emanations from my body give the clothes natural camoflage! They match my skin!")

The first letter Beast Boy fan letter in print appeared in the "Patrol Postscripts" of issue #101:  "Dear Editor: The word is "RRRAWRR!" But definitely! Beast-Boy is the gearest, the most, the living end! Who cares if he's green! He's utterly FAB! By all means, bring him back!  This story DEMANDS a sequel!... "Linda Hall, Salt Lake City"

The editors replied: "When we introduced Beast-Boy, we hoped fans would dig him. The bulging mailbacks the postman leaves at our door every day testify they have. So now that Beast-Boy is in, we hope you got a charge out of his unique origin. There was never a kid like Beast Boy, and there never will be another."

Page 1 (Doom Patrol 99 through 104)

Page 2 (Doom Patrol 102 through 105)

Page 3 (Doom Patrol 106 through 110)

Page 4 (Doom Patrol 111 through 120)

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