Flash Fridays – The Flash #110
posted on August 28, 2015
The cover of The Flash #110 shows the Flash windmilling his arms to hold back a tsunami of rushing water, and the it billboards the coming of the Weather Wizard. Somehow you get the idea that the two are connected. Inside we are presented with the introduction of a new Flash foe along with a new Flash inker Murphy Anderson. Let me just state right out front that I think Murphy Anderson is, was and forever will be the best inker in the solar system. It was love at first sight. His lush mannered style really hit my sweet spot. Again, this issue came out before I officially came on board so it was great to discover when it was reprinted in The Flash Archives.
It’s interesting to note that a panel from this story was used for a DC house ad at that time which piqued my nascent comic book interest considerably. Had I come across this book I would have snapped it up immediately and thus my love affair with the Flash would have begun five issues sooner than it did. The only thing I can attribute that lapse to is the spotty distribution in those days coupled with my infrequent appearances at the Brown Street Rexall Drugstore near my grandparents house. The issue is a killer in a couple of ways. First it introduces another cool villain in the Weather Wizard complete with the Broome backstory and character development that we’ve come to expect. The Infantino/Anderson art is gorgeous serves the piece well as the Flash battles the various effects of the wily weather wastrel (I think I just came up with an alliteration that John Broome actually missed). Although much of the story is given over to the backstory, there’s plenty of space for the Flash to battle and defeat the Weather Wizard and to show off some new super speed skills.
Broome was on quite a creative roll at that point because he not only introduced another new villain in this ish, but he also introduces Kid Flash. Unfortunately, editors at that time felt at that time that superheroes needed a young partner so that we young readers would have someone to identify with. If they would have only asked us, we would have said: “No we don’t!”, but they didn’t and so we have this rather contrived origin story of a young Flash partner. I say contrived because we’re asked to believe that a lightning bolt (on a perfectly sunny day this time) would come through a window and cause the exact same chemicals to land on Iris West’s nephew Wally West endowing him with super speed. I’m sorry, this story has so many holes in it that the swiss cheese award would be too kind. Kid Flash was something I felt these books didn’t need. John Broome would later make me change my mind… a little.
This story showcased an especially nice inking job by Joe Giella. He shared the inking duties on The Flash with Murphy Anderson and, if memory serves, was the only one to ink the Kid Flash stories. He definitely made them his own.
Vol. 4 Review
posted on August 27, 2015
I’d said I was going to post some of the recent book reviews that have come in and, by golly, if that didn’t just happen. If you go to the Interviews section on this very site, you’ll find a review that was posted for The Complete Funky Winkerbean Vol. 4. I have nothing to add other than the fact that I respect the reviewer’s opinion far too much to disagree with anything he said. I will now gently remove my tongue from my cheek.
Lisa’s Legacy Run Reminder 2
posted on August 24, 2015
Okay, it’s truth or dare… truth, I returned from SDCC with a really bad case of bronchitis, and, yes, just to forestall the well intentioned email advice, I do know there are things I can take before flying and will be taking every one of them (TWICE!) before my next flight. The airplane crud kept me from running for almost two months and so my conditioning has returned to Go without collecting two hundred dollars. I’m slowly running my way back into shape, but it looks like I’ll be running with the stragglers when the Lisa’s Legacy Run/Walk takes place. Which is fine because the LLR/W is not about looking for amazing times, but about looking for a cure for cancer. And besides, it does say run/WALK. If you want to help fight cancer you’ll find a link to the entry form in the Events section. Your T-shirt and banana will be waiting for you.