"The Big Freeze!": During a road trip to the State Prison, Iris tells Barry Allen about a rival reporter writing a series of articles on Captain Cold. Barry remembers their previous encounter which ended with Sna
Appearing in "The Big Freeze!"
- Monte Throop
Synopsis for "The Big Freeze!"
During a road trip to the State Prison, Iris tells Barry Allen about a rival reporter writing a series of articles on Captain Cold. Barry remembers their previous encounter which ended with Snart's (Captain Cold) incarceration.. Cold petitioned for early release and Iris is a witness at his parole hearing giving testimony why he should remain in prison. She wishes The Flash could also testify against Captain Cold and Barry offers his help in persuading The Flash. The hearing concludes and denies Snart's request for parole.
A week after the hearing, Captain Cold builds a miniature freeze machine out of refrigerator parts and escapes from the state prison. After Barry learns of his escape, he searches for him in the Southwest based on a tip that Cold was there. The tip turned out to be a trick to get him out of Central City though.
Captain Cold arrives at the home of Iris Wes and proposes to her. When Iris rejects his proposal, he freezes the entire city and demands that she reconsider. The Flash realizes that his search in the Southwest was a ruse and returns to Central City. Upon his arrival, he confronts Captain Cold and the two men battle. Cold's ice mirages and ice traps proved challenging, but The Flash ultimately prevails. After returning the city to normal, The Flash remands Leonard to the authorities.
Later, Iris relates this incredible story to Barry who feigns ignorance.
Appearing in "King of the Beatniks!"
- Beatnik Gang (Single appearance)
- Paul King (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "King of the Beatniks!"
Blue Valley's honor student James King runs away from home when he is accused of stealing an answer sheet at school. Wally's teacher Miss Grant realizes that James did not steal it but it ended up in his possession due to one of her own errors.
Principal Mason and Miss Grant head to Wally's home and ask if he knows the whereabouts of James King. After they leave, he remembers that James once told him that his cousin, Paul King, lived in York City. Wally turns into the Kid Flash and speeds off to York City where he hopes to find James and bring him home.
After arriving in York City, Wally learns that James is in trouble. His cousin Paul was now a member of the Beatnik Gang. The Beatniks asked James for help stealing a truck loaded with valuable furs. When James refused, they locked him up so he could not tell the authorities. Kid Flash races to the scene of the crime, stops the Beatnik Gang from pulling off their heist, and turns them over to the police.
The next day, James is back in school. He continues his productive academic career and helps Blue Valley win the State Champion title.
- This issue is reprinted in The Flash Archives Vol. 2, The Flash Omnibus Vol. 1, and The Flash Chronicles Vol. 3.
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