"Zatanna the Magician": This story reprints three stories combined as one. It reprints Adventure Comics #413 through
Appearing in "Zatanna the Magician"
- An Unknown Dimension
Synopsis for "Zatanna the Magician"
Appearing in "The Case of the Real-Gone Flash"
- Abra Kadabra (First appearance)
- Statue of Freedom
- Hypno-Ray (First appearance)
- M-Metal (First appearance)
- Time Vehicle
Synopsis for "The Case of the Real-Gone Flash"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #128.
In 6363, magician Abra Kadabra sulks over the state of his profession. In his era, advanced technology has made magic tricks a thing of the past. When he hears that scientists have developed a time machine, he decides to steal it and go back to a time when stage magicians were treated like celebrities.
His plan is successful, and he arrives in Central City of the 20th Century. Using his futuristic technology to perform simple magic tricks, (and forcing his audiences to applaud), he is able to schedule several shows at a local hall. However, no one attends his magic acts because they are at a World Series game. After perusing the Picture News, Kadabra determines that the only way to gain attention in Central City, is by stealing something big. He decides to attend the dedication of a new statue in town, and make it disappear in front of everyone. After doing this, he uses his advanced technology to paralyze all the witnesses, including Barry Allen, who is therefore unable to pursue him as the Flash.
The next day, the Flash determines that Kadabra will likely strike next at the library, where the oldest book ever printed is being put on display. He is correct, but the magician foils him again. This time Kadabra forces the Flash to clap his hands and stamp his feet instead of chasing after him.
Later, Kadabra announces that he will put on the greatest magic show ever seen. A large crowd comes to see this performance. When the speedster arrives, he is sent flying off the planet by Kadabra, leaving his Flash costume behind.
Barry hurtles through space and eventually lands on an extremely small planetoid which has an atmosphere and gravity similar to Earth's. Using his super-speed, he is able to propel himself back home. He then tracks down Kadabra by vibrating at the same frequency as the radiation the magician used to send him into space, and thus follows the trail left behind from his costume. After arriving at Kadabra's base, the Flash easily defeats the magician by moving him into the path of his own paralyzing hypno-beam.
- The issue is mostly reprints, but the title page has art by Mike Nasser and Terry Austin. They also illustrate a page featuring The Great Houdini. Carl Gafford and Vince Colletta illustrate some magic trick pages as well.
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