48 years ago - Rita Farr is born.
29 years ago - 19-year-old Rita stars in her first slasher film & becomes a movie star.
24 years ago - 24-year-old Rita is lost in an Amazonian River during a movie shoot. She is incapacitated by mutogenic volcanic mist & barely manages to get to safety. Niles Caulder is called to save her. He helps her sustain her body shape and brings her into the Doom Patrol.
22 years ago - 26-year-old Rita helps the Doom Patrol save Gar Logan. She meets Steve Dayton. He becomes Mento & becomes a part-time Doom Patrol member to be closer to her.
19 years ago - 29-year-old Rita helps the Doom Patrol save Gar Logan from his abusive foster family. She and Steve Dayton adopt him.
17 years ago - 31-year-old Rita "dies" with the rest of the Doom Patrol, scattering her body across the ocean.
2 years ago - 46-year-old Rita's body is slowly recollected by both Niles Caulder, The Brotherhood of Evil & Vandal Savage. Gar Logan & the Titans help the Doom Patrol to save her & Gar stays with them to help Rita re-learn how to be a human. Soon, She is recruited into the new Justice League.
Elasti-Girl is just one of the many reasons why the Doom Patrol is one of the best superhero teams to never really gain popularity in crossover media. The team is loaded with fantastic characters and ideas, and is unarguably the inspiration for the most popular team in comic book history, the X-men. Rita herself is a classic character that manages to avoid almost every cliche of female characters of the era. She's an important member of her team with engaging, physical powers that make her a real powerhouse, even in her early appearances. She was rarely talked down to or sexualized in a way that makes her a less vital member of the cast. She's given a romantic arc, but rather than reduce her to being a supporting character in her own book it actually made her even more compelling. Her role as adopted mother of Beast Boy also humanized her a great deal, and made her "death" alongside the original team a truly momentous moment in comic history.
Restructuring the story of the Doom Patrol after the death of the team was tricky, because we had to step gingerly around some very bizarre replacement teams, John Byrne's completely unexplained resurgence of the the original members, and Grant Morrison using the book to crush the very notion of the comic medium into a fine powder of meta thought exercises and snorting it. Our concept centers around a new team built around finding the original members. Elasti-Girl stays lost far longer than anyone else, but that makes the eventual quest to find her into a huge event that spans several teams, and serves as a major story for her adopted son Gar Logan. This also allows us to take a character that needs to be almost fifty years old for the continuity work and keep her outwardly young and vibrant.
Elasti-Girl has been an awesome character forever. Even before she joined the Incredibles.