Abra Kadabra (comics)
|First appearance||Flash #128 (May 1962)|
|Created by||John Broome
|Alter ego||Abhararakadhararbarakh (Citizen Abra)|
|Team affiliations||Secret Society of Super Villains
Wielded magic-like futuristic technology
Abra Kadabra is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe and an enemy of the Flash. He first appeared in Flash #128 (May 1962) and was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino.
Fictional character biography
Abra Kadabra is from the 64th century, at a time when science has made stage magic obsolete. However, he desires a career as a performing magician, so he goes back in time to find an audience to entertain after stealing a time machine and inventing a device to paralyze the guards, and soon clashes with the Flash (Barry Allen). He has a hypnotic device that makes people clap regardless of their thoughts, which he uses to force applause from audiences even when they don't applaud his magic tricks. He finds his magic is being overlooked, so decides to involve himself in important events. When the Flash tries to stop a crime he is committing, he makes the Flash clap, enabling him to escape. He is able to send the Flash into space after challenging him to a fight at the theatre, but the Flash is able to change the course of the planetoid he is on so he is sent back to Earth, and finds Kadabra took his left-behind costume, meaning he can follow the impulses, and Kadabra is jailed. But he hypnotizes the Governor using a ray from a device made out of pots and pans, to let him out, and starts staging a puppet show where the Flash is defeated by a puppet called Captain Cream-Puff. When the Flash passes a poster advertising Kadabra, he is turned into a puppet and used in the performance. But the Scarlet Speedster is able to restore himself slightly using the organic matter in his brain, which was not transformed, and then reverse Kadabra's ray so he is restored completely. He again defeats Kadabra.
In one of his many confrontations with the Flash, Abra Kadabra's technology is damaged and his body becomes insubstantial and wraith-like. After his body is returned to normal, he is captured by a bounty hunter named Peregrine, and returned to his native century to serve a death sentence, although he is saved by the Flash before he can be executed. Shortly after returning to the 21st century, during the Underworld Unleashed storyline, he forgoes his technological implements and tricks five rogues into selling their souls to Neron so he can gain genuine magical powers. Abra Kadabra later kidnapped Linda Park, the girlfriend of Wally West (Barry Allen's protégé and successor), during their wedding and erases her from history, though he is ultimately defeated with the help of Walter West, Wally's counterpart from an alternate dimension.
Abra Kadabra is mentioned in Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic mini-series. In the fourth issue Timothy Hunter, escorted by Mister E, visits the 64th century, described by E as a time when the differences between magic and technology have become blurred. The inhabitants tell them they have selected their "date-line" to send the "Madchild Abhararakadhararbarakh". Timothy Hunter responds "Abracadabra?" and Mister E tells him not to talk to the inhabitants of this time, and so they then continue their path into the future.
In "One Year Later", he and several other Rogues are approached by Inertia with a plan to kill the Flash (then Bart Allen). Though Inertia is defeated, Kadabra and the other Rogues successfully beat Bart to death, though not before Kadabra recognizes that Bart is too young to be the Flash they are used to dealing with.
Abra Kadabra is one of the exiled villains featured in Salvation Run along with his fellow Rogues: Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Weather Wizard, and Mirror Master. Upon coming across the planet's local pygmies, Abra Kadabra deciphers its language and uses it to locate a "safe zone" for himself and the other Rogues before leading the other villains dispatched there to it.
He was last seen in The Flash: Rebirth, being attacked by Professor Zoom. In the final issue of the mini-series, Abra is seen to have survived Zoom's attack and says Zoom should have made sure he was dead.
Powers and abilities
Abra Kadabra is a powerful sorcerer and can achieve virtually any feat with his spells. Originally his powers were all due to 64th century scientific technology that appeared magical to residents of the 20th century. Later, Kadabra's powers are augmented to include true sorcery when he struck a deal with Neron.
In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Abra Kadabra is a television presenter and member of the Secret Seven. He sends a message about Shade, the Changing Man believing that Shade was a dangerous lunatic and then reveals the identities of the Secret Seven members.
In other media
- Abra Kadabra appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance". He appears as a background character in the bar frequented by Flash's enemies.
- Abra Kadabra appears in the teaser of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Chill of the Night" voiced by Jeff Bennett. Batman teams up with Zatanna to stop him from robbing a museum exhibit displaying the history of magicians. He casts a spell to gag Zatanna, and when she tries to remove it she pulls out a stream of handkerchiefs tied to her tongue. Batman holds back the people he possessed, Zatanna gets Kadabra's wand and makes the handkerchiefs disappear. then snaps the wand. She then traps him in her hat. She later pulls out a tiny bird cage with Kadabra in it, winning the magic battle. He appeared in the anthology episode "Four Star Spectacular" where he is the secondary antagonist in the Flash segment. He only came to the present because he wanted to see if the Flash dies at the hands of the Mirror Master. However, because of his interruption, Flash easily defeated the Mirror Master. This caused Abra Kadabra to kill him with his wand (actually it is Flash's mirror duplicate made by the Mirror Master's device). It shocked him so much that he returned to the future to see if he has made any alternations.
- Jeff Bennett reprises his role as Abra Kadabra in the Young Justice episode "Denial". According with Greg Weisman, Abra Kadabra joined up with Klarion the Witch Boy so that he can gain some real magic abilities. He and Klarion the Witch Boy work together in order to claim the Helmet of Fate which started with Abra Kadabra abducting Kent Nelson when he was seeing Madame Xanadu. Kid Flash confirms that he uses futuristic technology to simulate magic. He managed to subdue Miss Martian, Aqualad, Superboy, and Artemis until Kid Flash (wearing the Helmet of Fate) was able to strip him of his technology making him vulnerable to Superboy's punch. In "Terrors," Abra Kadabra was seen as one of the inmates at Belle Reve.
- Abra Kadabra appears in DC Universe Online. He appears in the Lightning Strikes DLC.
- Jimenez, Phil (2008), "Abra Kadabra", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 8
- The Flash vol. 1 #133 (December 1962)
- The Flash Vol. 2 #23 (Feb. 1989)
- The Flash Vol. 2 #67 (Sept. 1992)
- The Flash Vol. 2 #68 (Sept. 1992)
- The Flash Vol. 2 #142 (Oct. 1998)
- The Flash Vol. 2 #158 (March 2000)
- Gaiman, Neil (1991). The Books of Magic. Book IV: The Road to Nowhere: DC Comics. ISBN 978-1-56389-082-6.
- Infinite Crisis #2 (Jan. 2006)
- The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #11 (June 2007)
- The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13 (Aug. 2007)
- Salvation Run #1 (Jan. 2008)
- Justice League of America #21 (July 2008)
- Rogues Revenge #1 (Sept. 2008)
- The Flash: Rebirth #6 (April 2010)
- Underworld Unleashed #1 (November 1995)
- Flashpoint: Secret Seven #2 (July 2011)
- Alan Kistler's Profile On: THE FLASH - A detailed analysis of the history of the Flash by comic book historian Alan Kistler. Covers information all the way from Jay Garrick to Barry Allen to today, as well as discussions on the various villains and Rogues who fought the Flash. Various art scans.
- Crimson Lightning - an online index to the comic book adventures of the Flash.