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Created by Bob Haney, Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani

The Original Universe


Real Name: Niles Caulder
Occupation: Scientist, Doctor
Status: Active
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Widower
Known Relatives: Arani Desai-Caulder (wife, deceased)
Base of Operation: Oolong Island
Group Affiliation(s): Doom Patrol
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red, later Gray
Distinguishing Features: Confined to a wheelchair.
First Appearance: My Greatest Adventure #80 (June 1963): "The Doom Patrol"
Creators: Bob Haney, Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani


Brilliant scientist Caulder was researching possibilities connected to immortality, discovering too late that his financial backer was General Immortus, who wished to use these secrets for criminal ends. Faking his death (though losing his mobility in the process), he created the Doom Patrol in order to oppose Immortus. His character somehow held the group together until their apparent deaths at the hands of their enemies. Later discovered to be alive and well, Caulder has led a version of the Patrol for a great many years. His only major character flaw is his excessive love of secrecy.


For a definitive list of appearances of The Chief in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #4 (June 1985)

Who's Who in the DC Universe #7 (February 1991)