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"The Flash: The Trial of Major Williams": When Joan's father is framed and arrested for being a spy, the Flash speeds up his investigation of the foreign government behind the apparent frame-up. He finds



Appearing in "The Flash: The Trial of Major Williams"

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  • Mr. Berstoff

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  • Mr. Eddens

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Synopsis for "The Flash: The Trial of Major Williams"

When Joan's father is framed and arrested for being a spy, the Flash speeds up his investigation of the foreign government behind the apparent frame-up. He finds out that the publisher of the Town Cackle, a local newspaper, is responsible. The publisher, Berstoff, wants to steal the plans to Williams’s new invention (a new energy source), and sell it to foreign bidders. Flash gathers evidence against Berstoff which allows Williams to go free. Then he forces a confession from Berstoff and turns him over to the authorities.

Appearing in "Hawkman: The Secret of Dick Blendon"

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  • Count Torgoff (Dies)
  • Una Cathay (Dies)
  • Rolf

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  • Dick Blendon

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Synopsis for "Hawkman: The Secret of Dick Blendon"

Carter Hall learns that his old friend Dick Blendon is dead. When he consoles Dick's father, he meets Una Cathay, a scientist friend of Dick's, and he is suspicious of Una, her sinister associate, Count Torgoff, and her henchman Rolf. When he discovers that Dick's body is missing he investigates. Hawkman discovers that Una has revived Dick, and is keeping him prisoner with several other scientists, in oversized laboratory flasks, hoping to learn from her captives, one way or another, the secret of eternal life. Una, a scientist, tries to put a voodoo hex on Hawkman but thanks to Shiera's extremely keen eyesight and quick wits, he narrowly avoids being killed. He returns to her lab and rescues Dick, who, it turns out, was never really dead after all. Hawkman then confronts the villains, who have found their victims gone, and as Torgoff pulls a gun, Hawkman pins him to the wall with a dagger. Una makes her getaway during this action, and as Hawkman makes for the window to locate the fleeing villain, the Count frees himself and lunges at Hawkman just as he is flying out the window, and falls to his death. As Una Cathay makes for her car, the Hawkman swoops over and hurls a dagger, taking out one tire, causing Miss Cathay to hit a tree, breaking her neck.
-- Also Dick Blendon AND all of his scientist pals learn Hawkman's secret identity, but they all promise to keep it a secret, (which, honestly, is more than Carter has been doing).

Appearing in "Fight with Gunpowder Glantz"

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  • Gunpowder Glanz
  • Mike Trainer
  • Press Agent

Synopsis for "Fight with Gunpowder Glantz"

After winning a preliminary bout with the hidden aid of his Thunderbolt, Johnny Thunder is scheduled to fight the Heavyweight Champion Gunpowder Glantz. Johnny's girlfriend Daisy Darling wants to marry him after he saves her life for the second time. However, she refuses to marry him unless he intentionally loses the fight and gives up his career as a boxer. Johnny agrees to throw the fight.

Glantz however has plans of his own. As a heavy favorite to win, Glantz and his manager place a large bet on Johnny Thunder and intend to throw the match. When the fight begins both men are trying to lose. Johnny eventually wins by accident with the secret help of his Thunderbolt. The victory is bittersweet for Johnny because Daisy calls off their engagement.

Appearing in "The Terror of the Underworld"

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  • Myrna Mallon (First appearance)

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  • Boss Barton (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Terror of the Underworld"

Businessman Boss Barton is harassed by the King. Barton sends his secretary Myrna Mallon to locate the master of disguise and lead him into a trap. The King is prepared and shows Myrna that her boss is actually a dope dealer. Myrna then helps the King locate evidence against Barton. The crook and his henchmen try to stop the King, but they are defeated in a gun fight.

Appearing in "Get the Whip"

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  • King
  • Padre Demo

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  • Sheriff Todds
  • The Association of Ranchers
  • Green

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Synopsis for "Get the Whip"

The ranchers of Seguro try to cheat their workers by paying them in tickets instead of cash. The Whip seeks justice and leads the ranchers to the home of Rod Gaynor. While the group is delayed, the Whip robs the safe in their office and gives the money to the church for redistribution to the peasants. The Whip then catches the ranchers off guard at Gaynor's home and warns them not to try cheating the workers again.

Notes

  • Flash: The Trial Of Major Williams is reprinted in Golden Age Flash Archives Volume 1.
    • Jay Garrick's superhero identity is publicly known in this story.
    • The name of Jay’s college is referred to as Western State University instead of Midwestern University beginning in this story.
    • As in the previous issue, The Flash operates in New York City in this story.
    • The Flash forces a confession from Berstoff. Does Earth-Two even have a Fifth Amendment?
  • Hawkman: The Secret of Dick Blenden is reprinted in Golden Age Hawkman Archives Volume 1.
    • In this story, Carter Hall's home address is given as 20 Hudson Terrace. In Flash Comics #1 he lived at 88 Rimble Road. Carter Hall is quite wealthy and might simply own several expensive homes, but in view of the events of the previous issue's story, it seems more likely that he simply had to move, given that the late Alexander the Great, and his incredibly destructive gravity weapon, wrought a vast amount of damage in the New York City area, quite possibly including Rimble Road.
    • Hawkman has now killed his 3rd and 4th evildoers, Count Torgoff and Una Cathay. Also henchman Rolf falls to his death from a rooftop.
    • Una Cathay's voodoo murder technique: she ties a hair onto Hawkman's wrist, with which she will burn the hero to death. Shiera Sanders spots this hair from across a room, makes the correct inference, and intervenes.
  • Aside from the stories above, this issue contains:
  • "Cliff Cornwall: The Romance of Cliff Cornwall" by Gardner Fox and Sheldon Moldoff
    • "A female spy tries to seduce Cliff to obtain plans for a new type of ship, but Cliff tricks her and gives her plans that sabotage her country's whole fleet."
  • "Rod Rian of the Skypolice" by Paul H. Jepsen
  • "Adventure in a Time Warp" by Gardner F. Fox (text story)
  • ""Flash" picture novelette "The Scarlet Scarab"" by Ed Wheelan

Trivia

  • In "The Trial Of Major Williams", the name of Jay’s college is referred to as Western State University instead of Midwestern University.



See Also


Recommended Reading

  • None.


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