It Lives! It Walks! It Gurgles! The Deathless Doom!
Normally, I'd save this sort of thing for my Thursday night comics reviews, but in this case, I'm going to make an exception on account of total awesomeness.
See, at work today, I was standing around talking to Phil when he pulled a coverless copy of Showcase #39 out of the box that we had marked at ten bucks, wondering why a book in such lousy condition was priced up like that. The answer, however, should be obvious: It has one of the greatest opening captions ever, courtesy of the second-craziest writer in DC history, Robert Kanigher!
Said Deathless Doom is, of course, the Metal Men's greatest foe: Chemo, who might just be the most awesomely ridiculous super-villain of all time.
Created by "chemical wizard" Professor Norton, seen here "grown to leviathan size" and punching through the floor of Doc Magnus's swingin' robot pad (because Bob Kanigher, that's why), Chemo was originally constructed to serve as a constant reminder of Norton's failures. That's right: A vaguely man-shaped repository for extremely harmful chemicals and science gone mad!
Seemed like a good idea at the time, I guess.
As you might expect, Chemo spontaneously develops a malevolent sentience and then proceeds to douse the Professor in his own growth serum (which causes rapid increases in size followed by even more rapid explosiveness). After this, of course, Chemo bursts out of the lab and proceeds to stomp around wrecking everything in the city and kicking the living bejeezus out of the Metal Men until Dr. Magnus takes enough time out of his busy schedule of telling Platinum to stop being so blasted womanly all the time to actually solve the problem.
Seriously, why did you even bother building a hot nurse robot that's in love with you if you were just going to be a jerk about it?
Anyway, Chemo's eventually sealed up for eternity (read: until Showcase #40), but not before we all get the chance to learn a valuable lesson about gurgling twenty-story chemical monstrosities.
BECAUSE CHEMO IS DESTROYING EVERYTHING!