Friday, July 18, 2008

Flash #182

Flash #182 (On Sale: July 18, 1968) has a cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

We begin with "The Thief Who Stole All the Money in Central City" by John Broome, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Abra Kadabra returns to the 20th century to attend a magicians' convention. When the other magicians attempt to throw him out because of his criminal past, Kadabra hypnotizes them all into becoming criminals too. The Flash stops several of the magician robberies and learns that his old foe has returned.

Kadabra then uses a device to hypnotizes every person in Central City. He commands them all to bring him all the money in town. Flash is also under the spell and helps to collect the money for the crook. Abra Kadabra then humiliates the Flash by making him act like a dog.

Our cover story, "The Flash's Super-Speed Phobia," is next, and t is also by John Broome, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. The Flash searches Central City for Sneakers Sneed and his gang. He passes an electric eye beam which clashes with his super-speed and causes him to crash into a door. When he gets up, Flash discovers that he becomes dizzy every time he tries to run fast.

Without his speed to aid him, Flash is still able to find the gang. However, they are able to escape. Flash pursues them in a taxi cab. He then catches up to the gang and beats them without the use of his powers.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.