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What Are Your Favorite SHORT Wally West Flash Stories?

In 2015, DC is releasing a 400-page collection of Flash stories from 75 years. Past collections have had plenty of Barry Allen and Jay Garrick stories, but have been extremely light on Wally West stories, in part because of page count. So many classic Jay Garrick and Barry Allen stories are 13-22 pages long, easy to include in a collection, but Wally’s best-known stories tend to be 6-part epics that get collected in their own books.

Suppose you had the job of including as many good Wally West stories as would fit in a collection like this. Which stories would you include? Single issues, maybe two-parters, short stories in other books (anthologies, 80-page giants, etc.)

Flash #54: Freefall in ScarletI’ll start things off with the obvious “Nobody Dies” from Flash #54, in which Wally jumps out of an airplane without a parachute to rescue a flight attendant, deciding that he’ll figure out how to land safely on the way down.

Kelson.

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ComiXology’s Multiversity Sale Includes Digital Flash of Two Worlds

ComiXology is running a Multiversity Sale, putting backissues from DC Comics dealing with multiple (or just alternate) realities on discount for 99c each. In addition to the entire run of 52, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Zero Hour, Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis, there’s a selection of alternate reality comics — Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, which inspired DC to launch the Elseworlds label, Superman: Red Son, Kingdom Come — and a smattering of one-off stories like the first meeting between the Justice League and Justice Society, and two classic Silver Age Flash issues: Flash #123, featuring the first meeting of Barry Allen and Jay Garrick, and Flash #125, “Conquerors of Time,” in which Barry Allen and Wally West battle a threat to Earth’s past, present and future. It’s notable as the first appearance of the Cosmic Treadmill.

“Conquerors of Time” has been available digitally for several years, but “Flash of Two Worlds” has just been added to the catalog today.

Flash #123: Flash of Two Worlds

Kelson.

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Flash comics in November.


DC Comics’ November solicitations
 are starting to come out.

THE FLASH #36
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Lego Variant cover
On sale NOVEMBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Out of time! The Flash is trapped in a bizarre, lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future. But that leaves Central City without a hero…or does it?

SECRET ORIGINS #7
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, FRANK BARBERI, ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by JONBOY MEYER, ROBSON ROCHA and ANDRE COELHO
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale NOVEMBER 26 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The parade of DC Universe origins continues with three favorites: Huntress, written by Paul Levitz with art by Jonboy Meyer; Superboy, written by Frank Barberi with art by Robson Rocha; and The Flash, written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Andre Coehlo!

And beyond the New 52, there’s the second print edition of the digital-first TV-continuity Flash: Season Zero comic:

THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #2
Written by ANDREW KREISBERG
Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR
Photo cover
On sale NOVEMBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Barry Allen and the CCPD investigate the murder of a man who appears to have been killed by snakes! But what’s the connection to last issue’s freakishly strong bank robber? And who is the mysterious Mr. Bliss?

Plus we have an updated release date and MUCH cheaper price for next year’s Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years, originally announced with a $75 price tag.

THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC
Written by GARDNER FOX, JOHN BROOME, GEOFF JOHNS and others
Art by CARMINE INFANTINO, HARRY LAMPERT, SCOTT KOLINS and others
On sale JANUARY 14 • 400 pg, FC, $39.99 US
THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS collects a wide range of stories featuring the Scarlet Speedster from his seven decades as a mainstay in the DC Comics universe. From the original Flash, Jay Garrick, to his successors Barry Allen and Wally West, the mantle of this beloved hero has made him burst beyond the printed page into a pop culture symbol. This anthology collects stories by legendary writers including Gardner Fox, John Broome and Geoff Johns.

Originally posted on Speed Force.

Flash in November: Out of Time & Secret Origins!

DC Comics’ November solicitations are starting to come out.

Flash #36

THE FLASH #36
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
Lego Variant cover
On sale NOVEMBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Out of time! The Flash is trapped in a bizarre, lost land terrorized by castaways from the past, present, and future. But that leaves Central City without a hero…or does it?

Secret Origins #7

SECRET ORIGINS #7
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, FRANK BARBERI, ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art by JONBOY MEYER, ROBSON ROCHA and ANDRE COELHO
Cover by BRYAN HITCH
On sale NOVEMBER 26 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The parade of DC Universe origins continues with three favorites: Huntress, written by Paul Levitz with art by Jonboy Meyer; Superboy, written by Frank Barberi with art by Robson Rocha; and The Flash, written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Andre Coehlo!

Kelson.

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Not Invited to the Avengers Ball

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Not Invited to the Avengers Ball

The Avengers Ball

I was at the grocery store yesterday with my 3½-year old son, and he stopped as we passed a bin of balls. Most of them were solid or mottled, but he immediately picked up the Avengers ball, plastered with the logo and the heroes.

He turned it around for a bit, looking it over, then looked up at me and asked, “Where’s the Black Widow?”

I looked at it myself. Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain…

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Annotations: The Trial of The Flash, #347 – “Back From The Dead!”

Welcome to the latest installment in our annotations of the collected edition of The Trial of the Flash!  A while back, we analyzed related stories leading up to the release of Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash.  In addition, we interviewed author Cary Bates about the buildup and the Trial itself, plus showed you what wasn’t included in the collection.

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IN THIS ISSUE:  Rogue Roundup!

Links to original artwork, scans and research are included throughout this post.  For definitive legal analysis of the story by Bob Ingersoll, go here.  Tom vs. Flash Podcast links here, including these issues.  As always, huge thanks to the DC Indexes. See you after the jump!

COVER by Carmine Infantino and Klaus Janson, recolored and used for the Showcase Presents edition.

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PG 1: “It was a dark and stormy night” is the opening line of the 1830 Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton novel Paul Clifford.

The original art for page three can be seen here, via Comic Art Fans. The original art for page four can be seen here.

PG 5: According to this Wall Street Journal article from last week, solar panel systems at homes in New York City and Westchester County “has grown from 277 in 2009 to nearly 3,000 today.”

PG 6 & 7:Cold meat” is pretty arcane slang from the early/mid 1800s. It has a connection to the Trial via another lengthy, multi-part story. The term appeared in The Mysteries of Paris, a 90-part serial novel that ran from June 1842 to October 1843 in the French newspaper Journal des débats. Here’s a handy explanation of what happens when there’s a hung jury. The original art for page six can be seen here.

PG 11: I couldn’t find anything on a “nucleonic pacemaker,” but in Marvel Premiere #47 & 48 (1979) the head of Cross Technological Enterprises was fitted with a “nucleorganic” pacemaker. Captain Frye previously used “cardiopower” as Captain Invincible, an amateur hero who “helped” Flash during the Eradicator storyline. He was last seen as such in issue #319, which is written up here at Crazy Comic Cover’s, who did not like it (with scans).

PG 12: Here’s an article (with video) about an armored car robbery that took place last month in Queens, NY. No weather wands or tricks to be seen. This article from the National Fire Protection Association will teach you how to deal with lightning fires.

The original art for page 13 can be seen here.

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PG 14: Looking at Flash as a law enforcement official (at least a deputy), Reverse-Flash’s death would be counted today amount the at least 400 police killings per year, according to USA Today.

PG 15: As seen here, “Captain Incredible” (as Frye refers to himself here) was known as Captain Invincible in his previous appearances. This is almost definitely another “near miss” name joke from Bates, who has utilized the multiple established Pied Piper aliases (Thomas Peterson, Henry/Hartley Rathaway) during this run, as well as referred to Fiona Webb as “Flora.”

PG 16: The topic of “taking and saving lives” is tackled in detail at this Berkeley Law Scholaship paper from 1993.

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PG 20 & 21: Captain Cold’s hatred of Reverse-Flashes was a major theme in Geoff Johns’ “Rogue War” arc.

See you next weekend!

Greg Elias.

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