"8 Against Eternity": While Robotman makes a guest appearance at the Mercy Hospital carnival, Rita Farr spends the afternoon with Steve Dayton. Dayton tries once again to cajole Rita into marrying him, but sh
- I won't marry you - but I will kiss you! With a giant hand!
Synopsis for "8 Against Eternity"
While Robotman makes a guest appearance at the Mercy Hospital carnival, Rita Farr spends the afternoon with Steve Dayton. Dayton tries once again to cajole Rita into marrying him, but she rebuffs his advances with an extra-large hand slap to the face.
Meanwhile, Larry Trainor test flies a new experimental jet, similar in design to the craft he had flown when he first became Negative Man. While flying sorties, Larry notices a rocket ship malfunctioning on its landing pad. He sends N-Man out to lend assistance and the energy being increases in size so that it can keep the ship grounded without harming the crew.
Before long, the Chief recalls all of them back to Doom Patrol Headquarters in Midway City. When they arrive, they find the adventurers known as the Challengers of the Unknown waiting for them. They inform the Patrol that Multi-Man and his League of Challenger Haters have been drilling in the undersea ruins of an ancient site located not far from fabled Atlantis. The two teams decide to work together to bring Multi-Man down once and for all.
Multi-Man and his cronies discover the perfectly preserved bodies of many ancient warriors trapped beneath the hardened magma of an undersea volcano. His fellow Challenger-hater, Kra uses his alien wizardry to bring the warriors back to life. Taking control of his new personal army, Multi-Man forces the ancient warriors to wage war against the nations of Earth on his behalf.
The Doom Patrol and the Challengers locate the coordinates of the hidden city and travel there via Rocket-Foil to fight Multi-Man and the League. Robotman disassembles Kra's robotic parts, while Elasti-Girl has a rematch with Multi-Woman. Negative Man and the Challengers trail the warriors as they embark upon a campaign in Japorta. Beast Boy and Mento arrive to lend a hand and ably take down Multi-Man and Volcano Man.
After the villains are defeated, the ancient ruins of the undersea city collapse inward upon themselves forever burying a civilization that should have died three-thousand years ago.
Appearing in "8 Against Eternity"
- This story continues from Challengers of the Unknown #48.
- This story is divided into three chapters:
- Chapter 1: 8 Against Eternity
- Chapter 2: The Zombies of Atlantis
- Chapter 3: The King Who Could Not Die
- Beast Boy meets Steve Dayton for the first time in this issue. Dayton will later become Beast Boy's adoptive father.
- This issue contains a half-page humor strip by Henry Boltinoff entitled "Cap's Hobby Hints".
- This issue is reprinted in Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 3.
- This comic book features advertisements for the following products:
- —National Social Welfare public service announcement
- —AMT Hobbies - AMT 1937 Cord 812 convertible coupe model
- —DC Comics - Showcase starring the Spectre
- —DC Comics - Action Comics #334 (featuring Supergirl)
- —DC Comics - Teen Titans comic book series debut
- —Ant farm live ants kit
- Multi-Man shapeshifts into the following forms in this issue:
- Manta Ray
- Rooster Fish
- Doom Patrol (Volume 1)
- Doom Patrol (Volume 2)
- Doom Patrol (Volume 3)
- Doom Patrol (Volume 4)
- The Official Doom Patrol Index #1
- The Official Doom Patrol Index #2
- Challengers of the Unknown (Volume 1)
- Challengers of the Unknown (Volume 2)
- Challengers of the Unknown (Volume 3)
- My Greatest Adventure
- Secret Origins (Volume 2) Annual #1
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe VII
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe IX