740 – Olimpus Aliens

The second story in Flash #113 (April 1960) re-surfaces an old idea: the ancient Greek Gods were actually aliens who interacted with mankind in the past. We have seen this storyline before with Captain Comet back in 1952. This time we have Zus, Po-Siden, Boreas from “the Galactic Universe of Olimpus in the fourth quadrangle […]

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739 – The Trickster

Flash #113 (April 1960) introduces another Flash rogue to the mix: The Trickster. From a young age, James Jesse, a member of a family acrobat team, idolized his namespace Jesse James, the bandit. He invents a pair of shoes to help him walk on air and then takes the moniker The Trickster.

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731 – Elongated Man

The Elongated Man makes his premiere in Flash #112 (Feb 1960) by taking the Flash’s lime light. Ralph Diby is not the first stretchy super-hero nor does he become the most prominent stretchy superhero (I guess that falls to Mr. Fantastic and not Plastic Man?), but he does get some interesting twists when he gains […]

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727 – The Justice League of America!

Well here we are, at the last post from the 1950s, and it’s a milestone event for DC: The introduction of the Justice League of America in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Dec 1959). Written by Gardner Fox, who also created and wrote the Golden Age Justice Society of America, this new team features […]

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717 – Wally West! Weather Wizard!

In Flash #110 (Oct 1959), Barry Allen meets Iris West’s nephew, Wall West for the first time. And wouldn’t you know it, the exact same lightning bolt + random chemical accident happens to the poor kid while the Flash is showing him around the laboratory. Of course the kid gains super-speed, so naturally let’s set […]

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683 – Pied Piper and Grodd

In Flash #106 (Feb 1959), the Flash creative team of John Broome and Carmine Infantino creates a couple new super-villains for the Scarlet Speedster. The first is the more believable: The Pied Piper is a criminal with a “Super-Sonic Flute”. With it, he is the Master of Sound: able to manipulate vibrations in the air […]

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678 – Mirror Master!

DC decided that the new Silver Age Flash was a success in his Showcase try-outs and gives him his own magazine in Flash #105 (December 1958). This happens to be exactly 10 years after the Golden Age Flash magazine was cancelled, and DC decided to keep the series numbering. This issue marks the debut of […]

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656 – Dr. Alchemy née Mr. Element

The Flash gains another rogue villain in Showcase #13 (January 1958): Mr. Element. In his youth, Albert Desmond became obsessed with elements, so naturally he turned to a life of crime. In order to beat the flash he designed a costume with the emblem of the carbon atom, and an atmosphere filter to only breathe […]

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641 – Captain Cold

In Showcase #8 (March 1957), the Flash returns and his “rogues gallery” begins with the introduction of Captain Cold. Len Snart, an “ambitious crook”, wants a weapon capable of defeating the Flash. By using a cyclotron, he turns his gun into a cold weapon and after abandoning several names (Mr Arctic, The Cold Wave, Sub-Zero, […]

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623 – The Silver Age Flash!

Comic book historians like to call the appearance of the Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen) in Showcase #4 (July 1956) the beginning of the Silver Age of Comic Books. From my standpoint, having gone through the first twenty years of superhero comic books, I don’t think there is single defining moment. I believe the Silver […]

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