Friday, January 16, 2009

Flash #186

Flash #186 (On Sale: January 16, 1969) has fairly nice cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

"Time Times Three Equals -- ?" is by Mike Friedrich, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. This is Mike Friedrich's first Flash story and he uses it to reintroduce Golden Age hero Sargon the Sorcerer, who plays the part of villain in this story. Over the next three years Friedrich will write four more issue of the Flash. While Barry Allen is hospitalized after contracting a virus while visiting the 23rd century, Sargon the Sorcerer makes contact with Professor Zoom in the 25th century. Using the Ruby of Life, Sargon is able to break Zoom out of jail and bring him back to the 20th century. Sargon wants Zoom to teach him the secrets of time travels, but the Reverse-Flash only wants to take revenge on his nemesis.

Sargon casts a spell using an extra uniform from the Flash Museum to make the Flash appear dead. Robbed of his revenge against the Flash, Zoom uses Sargon's own magic against him, trapping the Sorcerer in the nether world of Chimano.

Unable to free himself, Sargon summons the Flash who is able to bring them both back to Earth. Professor Zoom who has been on worldwide crime spree then battles the Flash and shrinks him to tiny size. The Flash is able to free himself using Sargon's ruby. He then defeats Zoom, but Sargon himself has disappeared.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

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