Friday, December 5, 2008

Flash #185

Flash #185 (On Sale: December 5, 1968) has another in a soon to be long line of DC hippie covers, not all of them drawn by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

"Threat of the High-Rise Buildings" is by Frank Robbins, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Barry Allen and Iris are vacationing in France when they witness the Eiffel Tower being lifted into space. Reports indicate that other large buildings from around the world have also been stolen. Barry joins Inspector Martell of Interpol to investigate.

The buildings were stolen by aliens from Titan. The aliens have been bombarded with radio signals from Earth that are causing destruction. Believing that they are under attack, the aliens have struck back by targeting the buildings.

Two aliens come to Earth to negotiate a truce. However, they have learned Earth speech by monitoring radio signals in many languages. Therefore, their speech is garbled. Flash is able to stop an attack on the aliens, then program their speech computer to allow for proper communication. A peace is made, and the buildings are returned to Earth.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

1 comment:

Dave Potts said...

"Flash #185 (On Sale: December 5, 1968) has another in a soon to be long line of DC hippie covers ..."

I believe that's Barry Keller about to give the Flash a karate chop!

I find it interesting that one of the signs in the background says "MAKE PEACE -- NOT WAR!!" rather than the familiar slogan of the era, "Make love, not war." Presumably, a reference to making love must have been forbidden in a comic book at that time.