It’s a Flashback Friday with…. THE FLASH!

It’s a Flashback Friday with…. THE FLASH!

“The Day FLASH Ran Away with HIMSELF!”

THE FLASH Vol.1, No.154, August 1965;  Cover Art:  Carmine Infantino;  Writer:  Gardner Fox;  Penciler:  Carmine Infantino;  Inker:  Joe Giella
2021 Vintage The Flash Calendar

When The Flash loses control of his powers,  it’s a recipe for chaos and the beginning of a mad chase to find an antidote.  Suffering from bursts of uncontrollable speed as well as “ultra-slowness,”  the Monarch of Motion falls victim to crooks that take advantage of his new weakness.  While investigating potential cures,  he also has to foil a robbery attempt by using his own affliction against them.
Eventually,  Barry determines that he’s building up excess energy over time and will have to regularly siphon it off in order to control future bouts of “haywire speed.”  In the issue’s second story,  actor Dexter Myles (who debuted in issue #138 and would one day become curator of The Flash Museum in Central City)  gets some timely help from The Flash and winds up getting a job at a certain institution devoted to the history of the Scarlet Speedster.

Kudos to Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg for his expert commentary above and to the talented artists and writers of DC Comics who captivated and inspired millions of readers during this magical Golden Age.  

Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg is an educator,  publisher,  author,  comic book and pop culture historian, and former museum curator.  He is the author or co-author of Zombiemania,  The Big BIG LITTLE BOOK Book,  and Howe’s Transcendental Toybox.   He was the editor of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide and also wrote for Cinescape,  The International Journal of Comic Art,  Fandom,  and  He holds a doctorate in Communications Design from the University of Baltimore and teaches courses in everything from comics and superhero mythology to zombies to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  You can find him on Twitter at @DoctoroftheDead