Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Showcase #4 (October, 1956)

Police scientist Barry Allen was splashed with chemicals charged by a lightning bolt. After speeding past a taxi and catching a falling dinner, Barry suspected that he had acquired super-speed. Spotting a stray bullet in midair, Allen saved Iris West. The gunman, a bank robber called the Turtle Man, was on the loose. Barry created a special ring that could compress and contain his costumed identity of the Flash, then brought the robber to justice as the first new hero of the Silver Age.

"Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt" was by Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino & Joe Kubert.

Later, various odd items were being stolen throughout the city. The thief was Mazdan, a criminal from the future who was due to be imprisoned on desolate 50th century Earth, but was instead transported back to the time of Barry Allen. Firing a gun that produced rings of heat was not enough for Mazdan to stop a fresh Scarlet Speedster. A captive Mazdan escaped prison using a chemically treated eye lens to burn through his bars. Captured again, Mazdan was transported back to his own time by the Flash, on foot, breaking the time barrier.

"The Man Who Broke the Time Barrier!" was by John Broome, Carmine Infantino & Joe Kubert; all overseen by Julius Schwartz.

For more Flash action today, check out his team-up with the Atom in "The Challenge of the Expanding World"

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