Appearing in "Origin of the Flash"
- The Flash (Jay Garrick) (First appearance)
- Joan Williams (First appearance)
- The Faultless Four
- Sieur Satan (First appearance) (Dies)
- Serge Orloff (Dies)
- Duriel (Dies)
- Unnamed fourth (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 "Hawkman"
- Hawkman (First appearance)
- Doctor Hastor (Single appearance)
- Hath-Set (First appearance)
- Egypt (flashback only)
- Attar of Myrrh (Single appearance)
- Nth Metal (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Hawkman"
Carter awakens from the experience with knowledge of his previous unknown life. Soon after he meets Shiera for the first time fleeing a subway accident. 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 as Hawkman. He sets out to find the source of the subway disturbance.
Hawkman soon locates the laboratory of Doctor Hastor, electrician extraordinary. Hall realizes that Hastor is the reincarnation of his ancient foe, Hath-Set. After a short battle, Hastor summons Shiera using a strange hypnosis to use against Hawkman. The winged hero throws a protective sheet of ninth metal over Shiera to protect her, then shoots Hastor with a crossbow. Hastor appears to die and the laboratory is destroyed. Finally, Hawkman returns Shiera to her home.
Appearing in "The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder"
- Johnny Thunder (First appearance)
- Thunderbolt (First appearance)
- Simon B. Thunder (First appearance)
- Mildred Thunder (First appearance)
- Priest of Aissior (First appearance)
- Badhnisians (First appearance)
- Jailer-nurce (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. Johnny was born at 7:00 AM on July 7, 1917 and according to Badhnisian legend will inherit great powers on his seventh birthday. Johnny is given a zodiac belt and a ceremony is performed with the mystical words Cei-U, which in English sound like "Say You."
When he is five, Johnny escapes from Badhnisia and is returned home by an American freighter. On his seventh birthday, torrential rains last for seven days, but the Thunder home is spared. The Badhnisians 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." A 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.
Appearing in "Origin of the Whip"
- Whip (First appearance)
- 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 disreputably town sheriff.
- DCindexes.com has plot writeups for the Hawkman series issues 1-25.
- Origin Of The Flash is reprinted in Golden Age Flash Archives Volume 1.
- Hawkman is reprinted in Golden Age Hawkman Archives Volume 1.
- Johnny Thunder is reprinted in The JSA All Stars Archives Volume 1.
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Links and References
- "Origins of the Flash" plot summary at dcindexes.com
- "Hawkman" plot summary at dcindexes.com
- "Origin of the Whip" plot summary at dcindexes.com
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