"The Flash: "The Adventure of the Auctioned Utility Company"": At an auction attended by Jay Garrick and Joan Williams, Joan accidentally purchases the deed to the Useless Utility Company for two dollars. She and Jay arrive at the company building


Quote1.png I'll bet THAT's the secret of my Thunderbolt! Those words SAY YOU! Whenever I say 'em the Bolt comes around! Quote2.png
Johnny Thunder

Flash Comics #20 is an issue of the series Flash Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1941.

Appearing in The Flash: "The Adventure of the Auctioned Utility Company"

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  • Uncle Thistlewit (Single appearance)

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  • Cheekers, Uncle Thistlewit's butler (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for The Flash: "The Adventure of the Auctioned Utility Company"

At an auction attended by Jay Garrick and Joan Williams, Joan accidentally purchases the deed to the Useless Utility Company for two dollars. She and Jay arrive at the company building, where they are greeted by Jim Coleman, the former owner, who hands over the keys. As Joan prepares to clean the building, Jay, as the Flash, cleans it before she can begin. He then follows Jim to his Uncle Thistlewit's mansion, where he learns that Thistlewit had stolen Jim's inheritance from his father and ran the utility company into the ground.

The Flash follows Jim to a bridge, where the man attempts to commit suicide. The speedster saves him, and together they decide to get back at his uncle. Jim returns to the company to help out Joan while the Flash roughs up several goons hired by Thistlewit to take down some power lines.

The Flash then, after frightening Thistlewit by dragging the old man through his swimming pool at superspeed and dismantling his car, convinces him to have a change of heart and invest in the company, which Joan returns to Jim.

A week later, Joan accidentally buys a stuffed whale at another auction.

Appearing in Johnny Thunder: "The Fake Accidents"

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  • Dr. Carvem
  • Dr. Stitchem
  • Lawyer Highfee
    • their hired thug

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  • Ambrose, car driver
  • Irish Cop

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  • Money Tree

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  • cars, trucks, subway trains

Synopsis for Johnny Thunder: "The Fake Accidents"

While strolling idly along singing a popular song, Johnny again accidentally activates his Badhnisian Thunderbolt. This time he figures it out, at last, that "Say You" is the phrase that summons this magical being.

Two doctors and one lawyer start up an insurance fraud racket, and hire a thug to push people into the paths of vehicles. After watching Johnny and his Thunderbolt in action, they hire Johnny to help rescue accident victims. Ethical questions arise, and Johnny is reliably informed that money does not grow on trees. After whisking Doctors Carvem and Stichem, along with Lawyer Highfee, to the State Penitentiary, the Thunderbolt is then directed to solve the money problems of three of their "accident" victims, by growing a money tree, right there in their hospital room.

Appearing in Les Sparks, Radio Amateur: "The Adventure of the Harbour Day Invasion"

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  • Les Sparks

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Synopsis for Les Sparks, Radio Amateur: "The Adventure of the Harbour Day Invasion"

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Appearing in The King: "The Witch's Double"

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Synopsis for The King: "The Witch's Double"

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Appearing in The Whip: "In New York"

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  • Wing Tai

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  • Fred
  • Louie
  • 3rd counterfeiter
  • Joe
  • Taxi Cab Gang

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  • Harry Spain
  • June Spain

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Synopsis for The Whip: "In New York"

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Appearing in Minute Movies: "The Hazards of Hazel"

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Appearing in Hawkman: "The Mad Bomber"

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  • Bomb-Baby Sathan (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Hawkman: "The Mad Bomber"

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Notes

  • Published by J.R. Publishing Company.
  • Flash: "The Adventure of the Auctioned Utility Company" is reprinted in the The Golden Age Flash Archives, Volume 2.
  • Hawkman:"The Mad Bomber" is reprinted in Golden Age Hawkman Archives 1.
  • Johnny Thunder: "The Fake Accidents" is Johnny's 20th solo adventure. In it, he finally figures out that "Say You" (or "CEI U") is the magic phrase that invokes the Thunderbolt.
    • Footnote from the last panel of the first page of this story: "Johnny Thunder was kidnapped as a baby and taken to the land of the Bahdnisians .... They put a magic spell on him in the 7th Inner Circle of the 7 Inner Circles .... Whenever he says SAY YOU (In Bahdnisian it's CEI-U) this Thunderbolt is his for an hour ... See?"
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Trivia

  • Johnny Thunder's magical Badhnisian Thunderbolt creates a money tree, to compensate some crime victims for their losses. How this is legally different from nonmagical counterfeiting is not clear.



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