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The Flash (1959) - #129
DC Comics


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Carmine Infantino
 

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Cover Date: June 1962
Cover Price: US $ 0.12

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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Synopsis:
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Reprinted/Collected in:
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005) TPB vol. 01
DC Comics Classics Library (2009) HC vol. 05
Flash (1979) #23/24
Flash Archives (1998) HC vol. 04
The Flash (1959) #178
Showcase Presents: The Flash (2007) TPB vol. 02

Notes:
After giving us the first subtle taste of the multiverse in Showcase #4, and following up with a before-dinner soup with The Flash #123, we're now on to the appetizer course in our special "Dawn of the Multiverse" banquet. Here we have the return of Jay Garrick, who's slowly working himself into a regular guest-starring role in the title--but this time he brings us some stories for the dinner table. Now we learn, for the first time, that all the stories of All-Star Comics are probably "true", from his perspective. We get a little bit of a flashback in this issue that suggests that the JSA was "real" to him, and that the events of All-Star #57, at least, really did happen.

It is significant that he recounts the events of "The Mystery of the Vanishing Detectives" (Feb/Mar 1951), because that was the final issue of All-Star published in the Golden Age. Thus, if that story is "true", the chances are that all the earlier ones are, too. It's a neat way of saying to readers that DC intended to pick up the Earth 2 history from the last time we saw our heroes.

Still, Flash #129 leaves us slightly hanging, in that it's not explicit whether heroes other than Jay Garrick have survived to the present day on Earth 2. We won't know for sure what DC's intentions are for the rest of the JSA until Flash #137.

[The second Earth does not get its name, "Earth 2", here, but will have to wait until its fourth appearance, in JLA, v. 1, #21 for its "official" designation.]

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Writer(s):
Gardner Fox

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Carmine Infantino

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Synopsis:
Earth 2. A comet hits the sun. A meteorite hits the Arizona desert. The sun begins to send out deadly radiation. The meteorite absorbs it. Only...the meteorite disappears, and Jay Garrick can't find it.

Believing that it's likely that the same event occurred on Earth 1, Garrick vibrates to the other side and crashes a costume ball that is being attended by Barry Allen and his girlfriend, Iris.

Barry's problems this night are much smaller--only he doesn't know it yet. While enjoying the charms of the good Miss West, Barry is unaware that the charity has been robbed by Captain Cold and The Trickster, who are now making their getaway. Luckily, Garrick sees them escaping and begins to do battle against them, instinctively. The furor distracts Barry from Iris' attentions, and he's soon joining his counterpart as The Flash. They aren't able to capture the villains, but they do run them off.

The immediate problem temporarily insoluble, Jay tells Barry why he's really come to Earth 1. They hatch a plan to take care of both their problems.

While the comet has not yet struck Earth 1's sun, the meteorite has landed in Arizona. They dig it up, and then cut it into smaller, diamond-size pieces. Publicizing the presence of "a bag of diamonds" under minimal guard, they lure Captain Cold and The Trickster into leading them back to their lair. There, the two Flashes, now armed with surprise and a battle plan, easily defeat the villains, regaining both the charity's money and the priceless meteorite fragments.

Jay returns to Earth 2, saving that world from sure destruction. The meteorite is then synthesized for use on Earth 1, should a similar comet ever strike Earth 1's sun.

Notes:
This is the first time an Earth 2 character comes to Earth 1.

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