Flash Comics

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Flash Comics

Cover to Flash Comics #1 (Jan. 1940)
Art by Sheldon Moldoff.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly:
#1-64, #70-104
Bi-monthly:
#65-69
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date January 1940 -
February 1949
Number of issues 104
Creative team
Writer(s) Gardner Fox, Robert Kanigher
Artist(s) Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Harry Lampert, Dennis Neville

Flash Comics was an anthology comic book published by All-American Publications and later National Periodicals (DC Comics). The title ran for 104 issues between January 1940 to February 1949. Although the name of the comic book was Flash Comics, the Flash was only one of many different series featured in the magazine.

Publication history[edit]

The series debuted with a January 1940 cover date[1] and the first issue featured the first appearances of the Golden Age versions of the Flash,[2] Hawkman,[3] and Johnny Thunder.[4] The Flash was later given a solo comic book series, All-Flash which ran for 32 issues between Summer 1941 to January 1948.[5]

Artist Joe Kubert's long association with the Hawkman character began with the story "The Painter and the $100,000" in Flash Comics #62 (Feb. 1945).[6] The Monocle was introduced in #64 as a new foe for Hawkman.[7]

Carmine Infantino's first published work for DC was "The Black Canary", a six-page Johnny Thunder story in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947) that introduced the superheroine the Black Canary.[8] Writer Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert created the Thorn in issue #89 (November 1947).[9]

Flash Comics was cancelled in 1949 with issue #104.[1] When DC Comics gave the Silver Age Flash, his own comic book series, it received the old numbering of Flash Comics starting at issue #105.[10]

Series published in Flash Comics include:

  • The Flash - issues #1-104
  • Hawkman - issues #1-104
  • Johnny Thunder - issues #1-91
  • The Whip - issues #1-55
  • Cliff Cornwall - issues #1-19
  • Ghost Patrol - issues #29-104
  • Black Canary - issues #92-104

Collected editions[edit]

  • Golden Age Flash Archives -
    • Vol. 1 collects the "Flash" stories from Flash Comics #1-17, 224 pages, September 1999, ISBN 978-1563895067
    • Vol. 2 collects the "Flash" stories from Flash Comics #18-24, 224 pages, February 2006, ISBN 978-1401207847
  • The Flash Archives Vol. 1 includes the "Flash" story from Flash Comics #104, 224 pages, May 1998, ISBN 978-1563891397
  • Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1 collects the "Hawkman" stories from Flash Comics #1-22, 224 pages, February 2006, ISBN 978-1401204181
  • JSA All-Stars Archives Volume 1 includes the "Johnny Thunder" stories from Flash Comics #1-4, 256 pages, October 2007, ISBN 978-1401214722
  • Black Canary Archives collects the "Johnny Thunder" stories from Flash Comics #86-91 and the "Black Canary" stories from Flash Comics #92-104, 224 pages, December 2000, ISBN 978-1563897344

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flash Comics at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "DC shattered the sound barrier with the debut of the Flash, a blindingly fast mystery man written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Harry Lampert." 
  3. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 30: "In the same issue [#1] Gardner Fox wrote the first story featuring Hawkman...in a story drawn by Dennis Neville."
  4. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 30: "Flash Comics scored a third hit with Johnny Thunder, star of a humorous feature about a boy raised in the distant land of Badhnisia and blessed with the ability to raise an all-powerful, genie-like Thunderbolt."
  5. ^ All-Flash at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 49: "Artist Joe Kubert began his most memorable work on the gravity-defying superhero Hawkman in this issue..."The Painter and the $100,000" written by Gardner Fox marked the start of a long and fruitful run between illustrator and character."
  7. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 49: "This issue saw writer Gardner Fox and illustrator Joe Kubert present the Monocle...He became representative of the 'gimmick villain', a staple of the super hero genre."
  8. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, pp. 55–56: "Debuting as a supporting character in a six-page Johnny Thunder feature written by Robert Kanigher and penciled by Carmine Infantino, Dinah Drake [the Black Canary] was originally presented as a villain...The Black Canary's introduction in August [1947]'s Flash Comics #86 represented [Infantino's] first published work for DC."
  9. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 57: "Writer Robert Kanigher and artist Joe Kubert presented a female twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the Thorn."
  10. ^ Irvine, Alex "1950s" in Dolan, p. 93: "In March 1959, The Flash was back, care of writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino. The series continued the numbering from Flash Comics and gave Barry Allen his own title. Issue #105 also debuted the Mirror Master."

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