"The Pied Piper's Double Doom": The Pied Piper is on the loose once more and has stolen the Star of India, a prized jewel located in Tower City during the city's tri-centennial. In order to do so, he spotted Ralph Dibny -- aka the Elongated Man -- in the crowd witnessing the tri-centennial parad
The Flash #138 is an issue of the series The Flash (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1963.
Appearing in "The Pied Piper's Double Doom"
Synopsis for "The Pied Piper's Double Doom"
The Pied Piper is on the loose once more and has stolen the Star of India, a prized jewel located in Tower City during the city's tri-centennial. In order to do so, he spotted Ralph Dibny -- aka the Elongated Man -- in the crowd witnessing the tri-centennial parade and used his flute to put the Elongated Man under his control and manipulated the hero into using his stretching powers to steal the priceless jewel for him.
With no memory of his involvement in the robbery, the next day Ralph decides to try and put his detective skills to the test and try and find the culprit for the theft. While in Central City, Iris West calls Barry Allen and asks him not to be late for their double date with the Dibnys later that day. With time to spare, Barry decides to change into the Flash and race over to Tower City and try to find clues that might help him solve the theft as well. After spying a single footprint the Flash is spotted by the Pied Piper. The Piper uses his flute to put the Flash under his control and orders him to use his super-speed to rob the Tower City Bank unseen by the naked eye and drop it off at the Piper's hideout. The Piper then sends the Flash back to the location of the first robbery with no memory of the crime he has committed. There the Flash deduces that the only person who could have stolen the jewels is his friend and ally the Elongated Man.
Flash catches up with the Elongated Man at the Tower City Bank and the two realize that they both have been duped by some unknown criminal into committing both crimes. The due then decide to go back to Ralph's motel room and plan to trip up whoever has been manipulating them. There Ralph coats their feet with a special infra red paint so that they can retrace their steps back to wherever they went if they are once more put under criminal control and the Flash drinks a glass of Gingold solution to be temporarily endowed with stretching powers as an ace in the hole.
Sure enough, the two heroes experience a loss in time and deduce that they have once more been manipulated by a criminal. Tracing the infrared footprints back to the crooks base they learn it's the Flash's old foe the Pied Piper. The Piper keeps the two heroes at bay with his special double horn, however the Flash catches the Piper off guard by smashing his pipe with his temporary stretching ability. The two heroes then work together to capture the Piper and turn him over to the authorities.
After, the Flash changes back into his civilian identity of Barry Allen and arrives at place where he is supposed to meet Iris and the Dibnys late and gets chewed out by Iris for being late.
Appearing in "Mystery of the Matinee Idol!"
- Bank robbers
- Dexter Myles (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Mystery of the Matinee Idol!"
Blue Valley is putting on their annual summer festival which features a parade that features Kid Flash as the guest of honor. As Kid Flash's float travels by a man passes out in the middle of the street and is at risk of being run over. Kid Flash then zips into action and saves the man who has lapsed into a coma. Taking him to a doctor, they check his ID and learn that he is Dexter Miles, who is apparently an actor, which explains why the man is muttering lines from Shakespearean plays. With nothing more to do there, Kid Flash races back to the parade where he accepts thanks from the mayor for all his help before racing off.
Changing back into his civilian identity of Wally West, Kid Flash asks his parents if they have ever heard of Dexter Miles. They remiss on the fact that he used to be a big time theatrical actor. That night while laying awake in bed, Wally wonders how a rich and famous actor could become poor and destitute. The next day, as Kid Flash, Wally goes to visit Dexter in the hospital. Talking to Dexter, Kid Flash learns that the aged actor just became unpopular, however he is in Blue Valley on a job to declare Shakespeare on the streets in order to promote the summer festival. Knowing that there is a municipal law against public performances, Kid Flash finds the whole set up fishy and decides to follow Dexter Miles at invisible speed to see what the situation is.
Sure enough, it turns out that a group of bank robbers have exploited Dexter's desperate situation in order to distract the local police so that they can break one of their gang -- an expert safe cracker -- out of the local jail. Kid Flash foils this plot and the crooks are apprehended. After the plot has been foiled, Kid Flash checks in on Dexter and finds that the incident has brought him good fortune: The publicity of his involvement has landed him a job with the Summer Playhouse and the city, in gratitude for his assistance in capturing the criminals have given him a special permit allowing him to recite Shakespeare in any public place in Blue Valley.
- "The Pied Piper's Double Doom!" is reprinted in Showcase Presents: Elongated Man Vol. 1.
- This issue is reprinted in The Flash Archives Vol. 5.
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