"Metal Men: "The Deathless Doom!"": Colonel Henry Casper has contacted the Metal Men to find chemist Ramsey Norton who recently disappeared from his lab. As soon as they set their Rocket Disc on the roof of his lab building, a mammoth ha
Showcase #39 is an issue of the series Showcase (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1962.
Appearing in Metal Men: "The Deathless Doom!"
- Colonel Henry Casper
- Chemo (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Joe (First appearance)
- Professor Ramsey Norton (First appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for Metal Men: "The Deathless Doom!"
Colonel Henry Casper has contacted the Metal Men to find chemist Ramsey Norton who recently disappeared from his lab. As soon as they set their Rocket Disc on the roof of his lab building, a mammoth hand reaches through the ceiling and grabs Will Magnus and Platinum. Magnus orders the remaining robots to get Casper to safety at a nearby construction site and the duo are dragged inside.
Platinum refuses to user her abilities to escape and abandon Magnus and they soon discover that the hand is Norton's—he has grown to several times his original size. As he lay dying, he explains how he accidentally created the entity Chemo while trying to find a cure for all disease. Chemo was originally an inert plastic vessel that stored all of his failed experiments: chemicals were poured into the mold until it was full and the container spewed chemicals onto Ramsey and started growing. It only escaped moments prior to the team's arrival and Ramsey dies as soon as he finishes his tale.
The team reunites on the adjacent scaffolding, only to have Chemo appear and attack them. Platinum forms a bridge for them to run away but she doesn't have time to save herself. or Lead. They fly away in their Rocket Disc and loop around after Chemo melts a hole into the ground. Iron transforms into a crane and Magnus retrieves the inert bodies of their colleagues.
Back at Magnus Labs, he attempts to restore them and the other heroes go back to stop Chemo: Mercury insists on working alone and Gold, Iron, and Tin team up. Chemo is wreaking havoc in the city—melting train tracks, police cars, and all manner of infrastructure in a seemingly mindless spree. It quickly melts Mercury into globs and melts Tin when he tries to form a large can to contain it. Gold and Iron attack and Chemo's coating causes them to tarnish and rust respectively.
Magnus has only been able to revive Platinum but the duo return to the battle field to find Chemo cutting the top off a skyscraper. They push him off with their Rocket Disc only to have that rapidly melt as well. They lead the chemical monstrosity into a hole that has been burned into the ground, where it is captured among two competing natural gas jets, trapping it motionless. Tina brings them back to the surface where they gather up the bits of their friends and Magnus takes them back to the lab for reconstruction.
- This issue was reprinted in Metal Men #42 (minus three pages), The Best of DC #34, The Metal Men Archives Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: Metal Men Vol. 1.
- The final two panels break the fourth wall and explain that this is the last Metal Men adventure unless popular demand introduces them into their own comic. In spite of this, they appear in Showcase #40 before graduating to Metal Men (Volume 1).
- This is the first instance of the term "Responsometer"; the personality-granting component of the Metal Men was previously called a few similar names.
- This comic book appeared in the Mad Men, season two episode "The Inheritance".
- This issue includes the first letters column regarding the Metal Men (entitled "Metal Scraps"), including one that suggests that Magnus should have his brain inserted into a robot and rename himself Robotman.
- Metal Facts and Fancies:
- A recipe for steel made up of carbon and iron.
- Silver is used in dental fillings and is the best conductor of all metals.
- Aluminum foil was used to scramble Nazi radar in World War II.
- Six million tons of magnesium are in a cubic mile of ocean.
- Barium and strontium are used in fireworks.
- Calcium is present in chalk.
- Scandium was recently isolated.
- Cesium coating makes light meters work for photographs.
- Metal Men Recommended Reading