"The Pied Piper's Pipes of Peril!": Firestorm swoops down out of the sky and saves two children who had been playing on top of a moving train. After moving them to a safer location, he flies up into the clouds where he reads a personal classified ad from Lorraine Reilly inviting the hero
- Heck, Professor, we share this nuclear bod, don't we? That means Lorraine is interested in you, too.
Appearing in "The Pied Piper's Pipes of Peril!"
- Coach Mason (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Pied Piper's Pipes of Peril!"
Firestorm swoops down out of the sky and saves two children who had been playing on top of a moving train. After moving them to a safer location, he flies up into the clouds where he reads a personal classified ad from Lorraine Reilly inviting the hero to have dinner with her. Afterwards, he returns to Bradley High School where he begs Coach Mason to allow him back onto the basketball team.
In uptown Manhattan, a Greek merchant named Pandrakos visits Senator Walter Reilly. He sells him an ancient artifact known as the Pipes of Pan. From across the street however, the villain known as the Pied Piper witnesses the transaction. He smiles greedily as he prepares to procure the pipes for himself.
At Concordance Research, Harry Carew analyzes the tape recording made by Professor Martin Stein. He recovers some of the lost sound bites, which speaks of an incident concerning the Hudson Nuclear Power Plant. Stein walks in behind Harry and surprises him.
Meanwhile, the Pied Piper invades the home of Senator Reilly. He uses his special flute to hypnotize Reilly, allowing him the ability to steal the Pipes of Pan. With the access to a powerful mystical artifact, the Pied Piper hypnotizes the entire Manhattan area. Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein transform into Firestorm and fly into action. The Piper commands his legion of subservient citizens to attack Firestorm. Realizing that the obedient throngs of people are just innocent victims, Firestorm is reluctant to use his powers against them. As the Piper continues to play, dozens of citizens swarm over Firestorm's body.
- This story continues next issue.
- The Pied Piper is usually an enemy to the Flash.
- Senator Walter Reilly is incorrectly drawn bald in this issue. Artist Pat Broderick corrects this mistake in issue #6.
- In this issue, Senator Walter Reilly is seen speaking on the telephone with someone named "Tip". In lieu of Reilly's political connections, the man he is speaking with is likely Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neil.
- This comic book contains advertisements for the following products:
- —Parker Brothers - Frogger video game
- —Bubble Yum bubble gum
- —Grit Magazine subscription service
- —Estes - Space Shuttle Columbia model
- —Capsela modular toy vehicles
- —Lifesavers roll candy and lollipops
- —Remco Sgt. Rock action figure
- —DC Comics - Swamp Thing movie contest
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- Firestorm Recommended Reading
- Firestorm (Volume 1)
- The Flash (Volume 1): The Flash #289– #304
- Firestorm (Volume 2)
- Justice League of America (Volume 1): Justice League of America #179– #225 & Justice League of America Annual #1–2
- Extreme Justice (Volume 1)
- JLA #69– #82
- Identity Crisis #5
- Firestorm (Volume 3)
- Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men (Volume 1)
- Legends of Tomorrow (Volume 1)