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""The Pied Piper of Peril!"": This story is reprinted from The Flash #106.
Appearing in "The Pied Piper of Peril!"
- Pied Piper (First appearance)
- Pied Piper's Flute (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Pied Piper of Peril!"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #106.
A wave of crimes occurs across Central City. Windows are broken and expensive jewels are pulled from shelves, but nothing is removed from the stores.
Outside, people respond, as if called, to the musical lure of the Pied Piper's flute. This new criminal has tested his flute and tells his followers that he must stop the Flash if he is to complete his plans. He tells them that he has mastered sounds and even destructive sounds such as sonic booms.
Hathaway causes a radio announcement with his flute calling out the Flash to stop the crimes that were not completed the previous night. Barry changes into the Flash and runs out of the apartment.
When the Flash arrives at one of the crime scenes, he finds the Piper. Piper creates a vibratory aura with his flute, freezing the Flash in his tracks, then exclaims that they have thirty minutes before the Flash will be released as he takes off with stolen goods. But the Flash vibrates his body and frees himself, just moments later, then catches up with Piper and takes him to jail.
Barry arrives back at Iris's apartment and tells her he just stepped out for a moment to get her the paper. Iris says she thought for a moment he would have caught them, like the Flash would have, but realized that would be foolish thinking.
Appearing in "Danger in the Air!"
- Trickster (First appearance) (Origin)
Synopsis for "Danger in the Air!"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #113.
A new villain known as the Trickster has managed to rob an airplane while it is still in mid-air, prompting Barry to suddenly cancel a date with Iris in order to find the Trickster as the Flash. After their initial encounter, the Trickster gets away. The Trickster is revealed to be James Jesse, born to a circus troupe but was afraid of heights. As a young boy he idolized Jesse James, and soon created a pair of shoes that allowed him to walk in the air and soon took on the identity of the Trickster to commit crimes when he became an adult.
The Flash, deducing that the Trickster may be a circus performer, goes to the circus to see if he can find him. This time, the Flash is able to defeat the Trickster and turn him over to the police.
Appearing in "The Gauntlet of Super-Villains!"
- The Rogues (First appearance)
- Gorilla Grodd
Synopsis for "The Gauntlet of Super-Villains!"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #155.
Six of the Flash’s old foes escape jail at the same time and go on a crime-spree, but their liberation has been engineered by Gorilla Grodd, who hopes to use their weapons to drain the Flash of his speed.
Appearing in "Stupendous Triumph of the Six Super-Villains!"
Synopsis for "Stupendous Triumph of the Six Super-Villains!"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #174.
The Mirror Master discovers a parallel world in which the Flash is a villain and the Mirror Master of that world is a hero. When the rest of the Rogues’ Gallery break out of jail, he vows to turn that to their advantage in their duel with the Flash.
- Although this issue reprints stories pertaining to Barry Allen, the first Silver Age Flash, the character seen on the cover is actually his grandson, Bart Allen, who briefly assumed the role of the Flash before being murdered by the Rogues in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13. The Ryan Sook illustration used for this cover was also used as a house ad promoting the event. This cover is a pastiche of the Carmine Infantino illustration usesd for The Flash #174.
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