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It's no wonder this sold out its first printing! This massive title collects the entire run of the first years of The Flash--the character who single-handedly kicked off the Silver Age. Stories include his origin, the first appearances of his sidekick, Kid Flash, fellow detective The Elongated Man, and the return of the Golden Age Flash. And so many great villains. Beginning with the ultra-rare Showcase #4 in 1958, this is killer, great artwork AND stories, that made The Flash a thinking fan's hero, before Stan Lee worked his own magic. The young Carmine Infantino is doing what he did best. he brought a flair and feeling of speed to the character that made him THE Flash artist.
Watch his work bloom and just get better and better, in these tightly scripted, fun stories that are always complete in one issue! Writer Johtn Broome was also one of DC's best...they had their best talent on this flagship title, which served to kick off the Silver Age superhero revival, which would continue with The Green Lantern, The Justice League, and directly led to The Fantastic Four and Marvel's leap back into superheroes beginning in 1961. This is where it all began.
Editor Julius Schwartz also excelled here, guiding this title through mature, well-written stories. The Flash and Adam Strange, and perhaps Green Lantern also, were the new flagship titles at DC. Fans had long ago lost interest in Batman and Superman, written down to kid level with nonsensical plots. In The Flash, writers were suddenly writing for mature, smart readers, who could have fun with the scientific concepts and logical plots that were both entertaining and written to challenge older readers.
Today the Flash is the hot property on TV, in a new young hero and all. Sometimes it's a bit painful--and disappointing--to look back at the origins of today's comics (see the afore-mentioned Batman until Schwartz and Infantino did their magic there). But here is one of the big exceptions...these stories stand up and are a delight to reread or to newly discover. As a died-in-wool Marvel fan in 1964-65, these were the titles my buddies introduced me to, that made me as big a fan of DC as I was of Marvel.
This is the best of the Silver Age! Introduction by DC president, editor, writer and historian, Paul Levitz. "Considering that they were about to change the entire comic book industry, the men sitting around the conference table that afternoon in 1955 were rather blasé about the situation. And who should edit the book but Julius Schwartz, who'd been the last editor of the hero until his demise in 1949. And a natural choice for the job, a conscientious and meticulous editor and a lifetime science fiction enthusiast who rubbed shoulders with the top names in the field...and brought many of them to write his books for DC."
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Item Code FL01H Publisher DC Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781401290757 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x11 # Pages 864pg Color Full Color
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