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The Pipeline

posted on March 18, 2017

Flash Fridays – #160 April 1966

posted on March 17, 2017

Issue #161 turns out to be another Flash 80 Page Giant reprint book. Although we’ve already seen all of the Silver Age stories here, they were new to me at the time helping me catch up on the one’s I’d missed. The two Golden Age reprints in the book were also of interest. The first featured the Fiddler who I first encountered in issue #123 in the classic Flash of Two Worlds story. It was fascinating to see him in Golden Age action. The Johnny Quick story was illustrated by the masterful Mort Meskin. I didn’t realize it at the time but Meskin had illustrated the first comic book I ever bought. For the full story, check out the Match to Flame posts.

I haven’t been a huge fan of the modern incarnations of the Flash, but I recently had my interest piqued by this homage to the Flash of Two Worlds cover. Upon checking it out, I found that this latest version has some pretty good art and writing going for it. Enough so that it’s been added to my pull list. It’s interesting that, as the Flash seems to be returning to form, it’s drawn by another artist named Carmine.

The Secret Sauce – Roses in December

posted on March 15, 2017

Just about the time I thought I was finished with Roses in December, I realized that that there was still one more shoe to drop. There was the letter from Eugene to Lucy that had been intercepted by Lillian and kept from Lucy. From time to time I had thought about dealing with that, but I never found a particularly elegant way to bring closure to the story. Then one summer Saturday morning I went out to a derelict and shuttered amusement park just south of town to wander through and take some pictures, all the while not quite knowing why.

As I walked past the melancholy detritus of the former playground, I came upon a collapsed building which held in its rotting remains a bit of concrete lattice work that was similar to what I had seen in pictures of the Wisteria Ballroom at the long gone Summit Beach Park.

All at once I knew how the story was supposed to end and why I had taken time off from a working Saturday to visit the blighted remains of an old amusement park. I found it interesting when I later learned that Crankshaft’s artist Chuck Ayers had been through that park himself gathering illustrations for a magazine article. Another one of those happy accidents that become a part of the process.