379 – Fiddles and Sapphires

The Flash meets The Fiddler in All-Flash #32 (October 1947)
The Flash meets The Fiddler in All-Flash #32 (October 1947)

In All-Flash #32 (October 1947), two new Golden Age villains are introduced in two different stories: The Fiddler and Star Sapphire. This brings the number of enduring DC villains introduced in 1947 to at least eight.

The Fiddler was a criminal who was imprisoned in India and learned the mysteries of Indian music from a fakir. From his violin he could hypnotize people or cause mysterious forces with his music.

The Flash meets Star Sapphire in All-Flash #32, October 1947
The Flash meets Star Sapphire in All-Flash #32, October 1947

While I had read stories of The Fiddler during the Silver Age when Barry Allen met Jay Garrick (“Flash of Two Worlds” story), I never knew there was a Golden Age version of Star Sapphire, a powerful being from the 7th dimension. It’s unclear to me why the Silver Age version switched from being an enemy of the Flash to an enemy of Green Lantern, unless they wanted to involve Carol Ferris.