"Origin of the Flash": Jay Garrick, a student at Midwestern University, is involved in a lab accident and accidentally inhales the fumes of hard water gas. The fumes cause Jay to develop tremendous speed, enabling him to move and think at super-human rates.
Appearing in "Origin of the Flash"
- Joan Williams (First appearance)
- The Faultless Four
- Sieur Satan (First appearance; dies)
- Serge Orloff (Dies)
- Duriel (Dies)
- Smythe (Dies)
- Professor Hughes (Single appearance)
- Major Williams (First appearance)
- Bull Tryon (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Origin of the Flash"
Jay Garrick, a student at Midwestern University, is involved in a lab accident and accidentally inhales the fumes of hard water gas. The fumes cause Jay to develop tremendous speed, enabling him to move and think at super-human rates.
Jay graduates from college and moves to New York to become an assistant professor at Coleman University. There, he begins a career as the Flash, a super-hero who battles gangsters.
Jay’s college sweetheart, Joan Williams, visits Jay and enlists his help in locating her missing father, Major Williams. Joan’s father has been kidnapped by the Faultless Four, a group of scientists working for a foreign power. Jay rescues Williams from the villains who want the secret of the Atomic Bombarder. In the process, the Four are all killed, leaving Williams safe.
Appearing in Cliff Cornwall: "The Disappearing Plane"
- Cliff Cornwall (First appearance)
- a woman not yet named (First appearance)
Villains: Other Characters: Locations:
Synopsis for Cliff Cornwall: "The Disappearing Plane"
The U.S.A. Army calls F.B.I. agent Cliff Cornwall because they have lost contact with a fleet of U.S.Bombers in Alaska. He is sent alone with a special plane in search of the fleet.
As soon as he gets to Alaska he is attacked by a black plane and is forced to land. On the ground a woman is pointing a gun at him, mistaking him for one of the black plane pilots. She informs Cliff that the black planes are destroying or capturing all the planes in the airspace of Alaska and their base is up on a mountain nearby.
The couple fly up until they find an airplane graveyard, and a hidden base within the mountain, with a hangar as an entrance. Cliff and the woman blow up the hangar, trapping the enemy pilots within, then called in the U.S. Army to arrest them.
Appearing in "The Origin of Hawkman"
- Hawkman (First appearance) (Origin)
- Shiera Sanders (First appearance) (Origin)
- Anubis (Behind the scenes)
- Prince Khufu (First appearance) (Dies in flashback)
- Chay-Ara (First appearance) (Dies in flashback)
- Kolar (Single appearance)
- Egypt (Flashback only)
- Attar of Myrrh (Single appearance)
- Nth Metal (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Origin of Hawkman"
Long ago, Khufu and his love, Shiera, were both killed with the dagger by Khufu’s longtime enemy, Hath-Set. At the moment of his death, Khufu promised to be reincarnated, in order to avenge his own murder.
In modern New York City, Carter awakens from the experience, with knowledge of his previous unknown life. Soon after this he meets Shiera for the first time, as she's fleeing a deadly electrical "accident," in the NYC subway. Shiera has been plagued by dreams of her previous life as well.
Carter then fashions wings and a belt of ninth metal, an anti-gravity material with special properties. He also dons a hawk-shaped headpiece to appear as the Hawk-God Anubis, in which he dubs himself "Hawkman." He sets out to find the source of the subway disturbance.
Armed with a quarterstaff, Hawkman soon locates and invades the laboratory of Doctor Hastor, electrician extraordinary. Hall realizes that Hastor is the reincarnation of his ancient foe, Hath-Set, and smashes some of this equipment, while Hastor hastily escapes. Hawkman then flies back to Rimble Road and finds Shiera missing, re-arms himself with a crossbow and a Ninth Metal cloak, then flies back to Hastor's estate. Meanwhile, Hastor has used a "strange hypnosis" to telepathically summon Shiera, in order to use her against Hawkman. The winged hero returns to the villain's lair, finding Shiera already cued up on a sacrificial altar, and throws a protective sheet of ninth metal over Shiera to protect her, then shoots Hastor with a crossbow. Hastor's laboratory and estate are destroyed when he falls against his own dynamo, causing it to run wild, setting the stones of the place on fire. Hastor appears to die and the laboratory is destroyed. Finally, Hawkman returns Shiera to her home.
- Carter Hall's address, in this story, is 88 Rimble Road, in New York City. He also has, or later obtains, a house at 20 Hudson Terrace, in probably-NYC (per Flash Comics #3), and later still has a house at 1948 Keystone Avenue, in Gotham City (per Flash Comics #98).
Appearing in "The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder"
- Johnny Thunder (First appearance) (Origin)
- Thunderbolt (First appearance)
- Simon B. Thunder (First appearance)
- Mildred Thunder (First appearance)
- Priest of Aissior (First appearance)
- Badhnisians (First appearance)
- Jailer-nurse (Single appearance)
- Kidnappers (Single appearance)
- Captain Cosher (Single appearance)
- Eastern Seas
Synopsis for "The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder"
One year old Johnny Thunder, son of Simon B. Thunder, is kidnapped by agents of Badhnisia, working for the Priest of Aissor. Johnny was born at 7:00 AM on July 7, 1917 and according to Badhnisian legend, will inherit great powers on his seventh birthday. In an elaborate ceremony, in the Temple of the Seven Great Gates, Johnny is given a magical belt called the "Eternal Zone of the Zodiac," and a ceremony is performed with the mystical words Cei-U, which in English sound like "Say You."
When he is five, through an unlikely series of accidents, Johnny escapes from Badhnisia, and is returned home by an American freighter, then through another unlikely set of events, is reunited with his family. Starting on his seventh birthday, torrential rains last for seven days, all over the world, but the Thunder home is spared. The Badhnisian cultists search for Johnny, but they cannot locate him until he is twenty-three years old.
Johnny gains employment as a window washer and during an accident says the words "Say You." An invisible magic thunderbolt appears and answers Johnny’s wishes, although Johnny is unaware of its intervention. The Badhnisians attempt to kidnap Johnny again, but the Thunderbolt rescues him. Johnny however loses his job.
- The small, tropical, island nation of Badhnisia seems to be in or near present-day Indonesia, judging by the scenery and the Muslim-influenced architecture of the major buildings.
Appearing in The Demon Dummy "Flash"
- Harry Dustan (First appearance)
- Madge Devere (First appearance)
- Jim Devlin (First appearance)
Other Characters: Locations:
- The Cargo Cafe
Synopsis for The Demon Dummy "Flash"
The Great Dustan, Ventriloquist, has a show with his puppet named Red. Dustan is pretending that he is shocked about the puppets tough talk which made the audience to laugh.
Meanwhile Madge Devere, who is going to marry Dustan, was arguing with Private Detective Jim Devlin, Madge's previous relationship. Devlin is into Madge and he doesn't want to let her to marry Dustan. Dustan after the encounter with Devlin uses Red to express his more unkind ideas which made Madge scared.
In the meantime Devlin called Dustan to a meeting at "The Cargo Cafe", which was owned by Devlin so he can frame up Dustan for committing a murder. Dustan was sentenced for 20 years. Before his imprisonment, he asked the warden if he can bring Red with him and he was allowed to do. In the prison the other inmates recognized and speaking to Red and not Dustan. Prisoner N. 2375 (Dustan and Red) learned out that Madge was married with Devlin. Red is fixed with revenge against Devlin. Dustan is a shack of himself making Red the Demon Dummy evil Genius
After the months passed they heard that Devlin was arrested for the murder and Dustan was released from prison since they found out the truth. Dustan learned that Madge died the previous day of his release giving birth to a child. Dustan and Red are released making Red furious since he lost his way of revenge.
Appearing in "Origin of the Whip"
- Whip (First appearance) (Origin)
- Marissa Dillon (First appearance)
- Don Fernando Suarez (First appearance)
- King (The Whip's horse)
- Wing (First appearance)
- Sheriff (First appearance)
- The Association of Ranchers (First appearance)
- Padre (First appearance)
- Marissa's father (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Origin of the Whip"
Bored and wealthy playboy Rod Gaynor decides to travel across America with his assistant Wing. His travels bring him to Seguro in the American Southwest, where he meets Marisa Dillon, the daughter of a newspaper publisher. Marisa is concerned for the poor laborers who are being mistreated by the law.
Intrigued by Marisa and wanting to help the poor, Gaynor is inspired by the legend of Don Fernando Suarez, a rich man who took the secret identity of El Castigo, the Whip, to fight against wealthy landowners in the 19th century. Gaynor puts the legend to work for him and becomes a new incarnation of the Whip. For his first act, he rescues Carlos, a wrongly imprisoned worker, and defeats the disreputable town sheriff.
- This book was first published on November 20, 1939.
- This entire issue was reprinted in Famous First Edition #F-8 and Millennium Edition: Flash Comics #1.
- Origin of the Flash was reprinted in Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told, The Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 1 and The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years.
- The Origin of Hawkman was reprinted in The Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1.
- The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder was reprinted in The JSA All Stars Archives Vol. 1.
- There is also a story written by Gardner Fox titled "Warfare in Space"
- In The Origin of Hawkman they call Anubis the Hawk God but in reality is the Jackal God. They have also made the same mistake with a statue of the god.
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Links and References
- Flash Comics #1 index entry
- Flash Comics #1 Hawkman spoilers
- "Origin of the Flash" plot summary at dcindexes.com
- "Hawkman" plot summary at dcindexes.com
- "Origin of the Whip" plot summary at dcindexes.com