"The Reign of the Super-Gorilla!": Gorilla Grodd, occupying the human body of William Dawson, is released from prison. He travels to Gorilla City, where his human body devolves into his old gorilla form. There, he falls in love w
Appearing in "The Reign of the Super-Gorilla!"
Synopsis for "The Reign of the Super-Gorilla!"
Gorilla Grodd, occupying the human body of William Dawson, is released from prison. He travels to Gorilla City, where his human body devolves into his old gorilla form. There, he falls in love with Boka, the bride-to-be of his rival Solovar.
Determined to win Boka's affection, he uses a machine in his laboratory, which had remained undisturbed during his imprisonment, to cause his body to emit neo-magnetic radiation, causing anyone who looks at him to instantly take a liking to him. It works as planned, and soon he is crowed king of Gorilla City, with Boka as his wife.
Not content with merely controlling Gorilla City, Grodd flies to Central City, where he quickly wins the admiration of its citizens. Barry Allen, alarmed at everyone's positive reaction to Grodd's return, changes into the Flash to investigate. However, he also feels a great admiration for the gorilla when arriving in his presence. Leaving town to ponder the dilemma, he discovers that Grodd's radiation only has a hundred-mile radius. However, no matter how fast he goes, he cannot get back into the city without being affected by the neo-magnetic radiation. Meanwhile, the Statewide Party decides that Grodd would make the perfect candidate for governor. Grodd is ecstatic, planning to move from there to the presidency.
After several days have passed, the Flash has still been unable to get into the city without being affected by the radiation. However, he noticed that on a particular day, when solar flare activity was particularly high, the strength of the radiation was not as intense as normal. He vibrated at the same frequency as the solar flares, and was able to easily enter the city and apprehend Grodd.
Appearing in "The Mystery of the Troubled Boy!"
- Gang of spies (Single appearance)
- James Moon (Dies in flashback) (Single appearance)
- Blue Valley, Nebraska
- Elkin's Household
- Hillandale Hunting Lodge
- Stoneville (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "The Mystery of the Troubled Boy!"
Wally follows Tommy into the woods and watches as he enters the building of the local Hillandale Hunting Club dressed in the Cherokee garb of his ancestors. Wally, dressed as Kid Flash, follows him inside and confronts him. Tommy explains that he has suspected that it is inhabited by foreign spies. The spies catch them by surprise and take them prisoner.
As Kid Flash wakes up, he begins devising a plan to escape. Unable to run through walls like Barry, Wally begins boring through a wooden plank with a nail. Upon carving an escape route, Wally and Tommy apprehend the spies and turn them into jail.
At home, Tommy's father is relieved to discover his son wasn't in trouble.
- "The Reign of the Super-Gorilla!" is reprinted in DC Goes Ape.
- This issue is reprinted in The Flash Archives Vol. 4 and The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1.
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