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"Origin of the Flash": This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.



Appearing in "Origin of the Flash"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • unidentified foreign sponsors of the Faultless Four
  • The Faultless Four (Single appearance)
    • Sieur Satan (First appearance) (Apparent Death)
    • Serge Orloff (Dies)
    • Duriel (Dies)
    • Smythe (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Professor Hughes (Single appearance)
  • Bull Tryon (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Hard Water Gas fumes
  • Atomic Bombarder

Vehicles:

  • Faultless Four's ground-attack aeroplane

Synopsis for "Origin of the Flash"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.

At Midwestern University in the late 1930s, a student was involved in a laboratory accident, and inhaled some "hard water gas" fumes, which put him in a coma for two weeks. Jay Garrick made a complete recovery, and soon was back on the school's football team. A weird after-effect of the fumes was that Jay could think and act at tremendous speeds. He soon graduated from college, and moved to New York City, to become an assistant professor at Coleman University. In New York, at age 21, Garrick adopted a secret identity as the Flash, and embarked on a super heroic career, starting with the dismantling of a local protection racket.

Jay's college sweetheart, Joan Williams, visits Jay and enlists his help in locating her missing father, Major Williams, who has been kidnapped by Sieur Satan and the rest of the Faultless Four, a group of scientists working for a foreign power. They are seeking the plans for the secret new "Atomic Bombarder." Flash rescues the major from the spies, who then fight back, and make a distraction, by sending an aircraft to strafe a nearby beach. This murderous tactic backfires on them when the Flash simply follows the fuel-depleted plane back to the site of the gang's new hideout, which he immediately invades. To save his own skin, Sieur Satan electrocutes all three of his partners, then flees in a car. In a stupid attempt to bump The Flash off the road, Sieur Satan loses control of his car and plummets to his doom.

Appearing in Cliff Cornwall: "The Disappearing Plane"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Lys Valliere, (not yet named) (First appearance)

Villains:

  • Black Plane Pilots

Other Characters: Locations:

Vehicles:

  • U.S. military planes
  • "Black" planes

Synopsis for Cliff Cornwall: "The Disappearing Plane"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.

The U.S.Army calls in 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.

Arriving in Alaskan airspace, he is attacked by a black plane, and forced to land. On the ground he is accosted by a woman with a gun, who at first mistakes him for one of the "Black Plane" pilots. These Black Planes have been destroying or capturing all the U.S. planes in Alaska, and their base is up on a mountain nearby. So Cornwall and the still-unnamed woman survey the area from the air, and find an airplane graveyard, along with 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 they call in the U.S. Army to arrest them.

Appearing in "The Origin of Hawkman"

Featured Characters:

  • Hawkman (First appearance) (Origin)

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Anubis (Behind the scenes)
  • Prince Khufu (First appearance) (Dies in flashback)
  • Chay-Ara (First appearance) (Dies in flashback)
  • Kolar (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

Synopsis for "The Origin of Hawkman"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.

Weapons collector Carter Hall receives an Egyptian dagger from his friend, Professor Jim Rock. Touching the dagger causes Hall to relive his former life as Prince Khufu in ancient Egypt.

Long ago, Khufu and his love, Shiera, were both killed with this 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.

Appearing in "The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Priest of Aissior (First appearance)
  • Badhnisians (First appearance)
  • Jailer-nurse (Single appearance)
  • Kidnappers (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Captain Cosher (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Eternal Zone of the Zodiac, a magic belt

Vehicles:

  • SS "Eastern Seas"

Synopsis for "The Kidnapping of Johnny Thunder"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.

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.

Appearing in The Demon Dummy "Flash"

Featured Characters:

  • Harry Dunstan
  • Red, a dummy

Supporting Characters:

  • Madge Devere

Villains:

  • Jim Devlin

Locations:

  • The Cargo Cafe
  • State Prison

Synopsis for The Demon Dummy "Flash"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.

Ventriloquist Harry Dunstan was engaged to Madge Devere, but his rival for her affections was Jim Devlin, a corrupt private detective. Devlin framed Dunstan, for murder, and the ventriloquist was sentenced to twenty years in prison. He was permitted to bring his dummy, "Red", along with him. In prison, the dummy seemingly took on a life of its own, giving voice to all of Dunstan's darkest thoughts. When it came to Jim Devlin, his thoughts were dark indeed.

Jim Devlin had married Madge, who later died, in childbirth. Eventually Devlin's crime, for which he had framed Harry Dunstan, was solved correctly, Devlin was imprisoned, and Dunstan was released. But this brought him no joy; Madge was dead, and his imprisoned enemy was safe from his revenge.

Appearing in "Origin of the Whip"

Featured Characters:

  • Whip (First appearance) (Origin)

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Sheriff (First appearance)
  • The Association of Ranchers (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Padre (First appearance)
  • Marissa's father (First appearance)
  • Carlos

Locations:

Synopsis for "Origin of the Whip"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #1.

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 frees Carlos, a wrongly imprisoned worker, and defeats the corrupt town sheriff.

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