"Beware the Atomic Grenade": This story is reprinted from The Flash #122.
The Flash #169 is an issue of the series The Flash (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1967. It was published on February 14, 1967.
Synopsis for "Beware the Atomic Grenade"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #122.
Barry Allen is treated to a surprise visit from his old friend Anton Previn, a renown Parisian fashion designer. Having come to America with new fashion designs, Anton asks Barry to help put them in safe keeping. More than happy to help, Barry stores them in a safe in his lab at police headquarters and the two leave to catch up on old times.
When telling Anton about his relationship with Iris West, Barry takes Anton to meet her at her office at the Picture News. There, Iris tells Barry about reports of a new costumed criminal known as the Top that pulled a fantastic bank robbery using gimmicked tops. Realizing that he has to face this menace as the Flash, Barry leaves Anton with Iris. When Iris realizes that it is Anton Previn, she practically forgets that Barry is not there. When Iris confides in Anton that she wishes that Barry would pay more romantic attention to her, Anton agrees to give her a make-over that will make Barry really notice her.
Meanwhile, Barry has changed into the Flash and began his search for the Top. After patrolling the city, Flash overhears reports of an armored car robbery in progress and rushes there to investigate. Here, he has his first encounter with the Top, just as the crook has knocked out the police officers with a gas-filled top. When the Flash attempts to apprehend the Top, he is shocked to find that the Top also has spinning powers that trip up the Fastest Man Alive, and allows the Top to make his escape.
The Top, really Roscoe Dillon, returns to his hideout to count his loot he also recounts how he had gone from petty crook to costumed super-criminal: he recalls his childhood infatuation with tops and how when he spent some time in jail, he decided to learn the science of his obsession. Mastering all knowledge of tops, the man who would become the Top would teach himself to spin with top-like efficiency and devised his costumed identity of the Top. His recollection over and his confidence in being able to commit crimes confirmed the Top makes a bold next step in his career as a criminal: Appearing on national television, the Top demands that he be named ruler of the world, or else he will destroy half the planet.
Hearing the Top's outlandish boasts, the Flash scours Central City trying to find his new foe. Tracking the transmission back to the Top's hideout, the Flash sees first hand how the Top intends to carry out his threats: With a gigantic atomic hand grenade. The Top explains that when the grenade stops spinning in 10 hours time, it will explode, destroying half the planet with it. The Flash, however, manages to stop it by running around the device in the opposite direction, creating a vortex that shoots the grenade out into space where it will explode harmlessly.
Then, racing to the other side of the world, the Flash manages to capture the Top, despite the criminal's attempt to drill through the Earth in order to escape. Later, back in his civilian guise of Barry Allen, the Flash is confronted by the made over Iris West. Barry is so taken by her beauty he is speechless, to which Iris takes as lack of interest. Later after Anton has left and Iris has gone back to her usual appearance the two lovers realize that Iris looks best the way she is.
Appearing in "Beware the Atomic Grenade"
- Anton Previn (Single appearance)
- Iris West
- The Top (First appearance) (Origin)
- Central City
- The Top's Atomic Grenade (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Mirror Master's Magic Bullet"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #119.
When Barry learns of the Mirror Master's latest escape from prison, he deduces that the he will likely strike at the auction of the Duke of Ferrand's priceless antique mirrors. Barry arranges his police assignment to guard the Museum of Antique Arts. Upon his arrival, he is shown around by the Duke's daughter, Bettina. When Iris arrives, she believes that Barry is making time with another woman and storms out.
When Mirror Master arrives to steal the mirrors, the Flash gives chase. Mirror Master escapes by throwing priceless mirrors out the window distracting the Flash to run down and catch them. When he returns, the Mirror Master is gone and a key remains on the ground. The Flash deduces the key must have been left by Mirror Master and he will try all the doors in Central City until a match is found.
Meanwhile, the Mirror Master has set up an apartment with rigged mirrors next door to the museum and sets a trap for the Flash, using a special mirror that when shot, knocks an opponent unconscious. Flash enters the room and is paralyzed by his trick.
With the Flash as his prisoner, the Mirror Master uses a special gas to put Flash under his control. Gloating over his victory, he has the Flash perform a number of super feats for him before he finally sends the Flash down to steal the mirrors for him.
Since hypnotized people have issues with being ordered to do things they don't normally perform, Flash awakens from his trance as he would not normally steal the mirrors. The Flash returns to the apartment and easily defeats his opponent.
Barry meets Iris at Picture News and tells her he disappeared to give chase to Mirror Master but he was too slow and the Flash beat him to it.
Appearing in "The Mirror Master's Magic Bullet"
- Bettina (First appearance)
- Iris West
- Duke of Ferrand
Synopsis for "The Man Who Claimed the Earth"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #113.
Iris cancels a date with Barry to do a story on Barry's old classmate Wiley Summer who has discovered a strange bit of metal that possibly comes to another world. While Barry investigates the metal himself as the Flash, in the Dimension of Olympus, Po-Siden tells his ruler Zus that the lost planet has been found.
Sent to take over Earth, Po-Siden ends up battling the Flash, and easily defeats the hero. Shooting a bolt of lightning at Flash, the Flash runs around the world at super-speed in order to avoid being hit by it and knocks down Po-Siden. Taking his trident and locking him up in the city jail, Flash offers him a deal: Take his Trident and leave Earth and never come back, or stay in his cell. Po-Siden decides to take the Flash's offer and soon leaves the planet.
Back in his home land, Po-Siden is told by Zus that the people of Earth are free to live their own lives.
Back on Earth, Barry Allen shows up at Doctor Summer's museum and makes Iris go out on their date.
Appearing in "The Man Who Claimed the Earth"
- Po-Siden (Single appearance)
- Wiley Summers
- Zus (Single appearance)
- Boryas (Single appearance)
- Olimpus (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Return of the Super-Gorilla"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #107.
Various reports come in from around the world that a strange device has been seen boring up from beneath the earth. The waters and plants around it die when this happens.
Having faked losing the Force of Mind powers following his last encounter with the Flash, Gorilla Grodd frees himself from his cell in Gorilla City. Solovar calls for the Flash's aid by vibration frequency. When Flash was in Gorilla City they recorded his special frequency to be able to contact him. When Flash arrives, he cannot find the city. Solovar brings Flash's vibration patterns into sync with Gorilla City's so he can see it.
Below the Earth's crust, Grodd has found and taken over the minds of the bird people that live there. Grodd constructs a device that will devolve the apes of Gorilla City into ordinary apes.
Solovar finds Grodd by honing in on his vibration frequency. The Flash finds his way to this hidden land by spinning into the ground so fast his molecules slip his way through the earth. Grodd uses a device to create 'mola', a crystallization of Flash's super speed, causing Flash to be encased in hard mola. The bird people put him on display in their town square.
Flash vibrates his body to rock his statue and eventually fall and shatter freeing himself. Flash defeats Grodd by beating him into unconciousness. With the avian race freed, Flash takes Grodd back to Gorilla City where he is once more imprisoned.
At home, Barry reads that the strange drill appearances has stopped.
Appearing in "Return of the Super-Gorilla"
- Hank Jones
- Forest Ranger
- The Bird People
- The Floating Islands
- United States of America
- Devolutionizer Ray
Synopsis for "Plight of the Puppet Flash"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #133.
Toiling away in a prison kitchen of the state penitentiary, Abra Kadabra aligns a series of pots and pans in a certain way to create a beam of light that hypnotizes the governor, just moments before he is about to leave office, and compels him to pardon Abra from prison. When the official document has been signed, it strikes midnight, making the order legitimate and un-retractable, as the governor no longer has any power in office due to his term ending.
When Barry Allen hears the news, he cancels a date with Iris to zip off at the Flash and learn the whole story behind Abra's pardon. The Flash meets with warden's office to learn that the pardon was official and there is nothing that can be done to reverse it. The Flash suspects that Abra has used his pseudo-magic to accomplish this feat, and at that moment, in a rented apartment, the newly freed Kadabra has returned to his costumed identity and plans once more to gain fame and fortune, first by appearing to have gone straight and then plotting new criminal endeavors.
Some days later, Abra Kadabra explodes onto the theater scene with his new puppet show. When Iris and Barry attend the show, Barry is mortified to find that the show consists of two puppets, a "heroic" Captain Creampuff and another a villain modeled after the Flash. Barry realizes that Kadabra is deliberately trying to defame the Flash in the public eye with his ridiculous puppet act. Because Abra is not doing anything illegal, Barry realizes that there is nothing he can do except to ramp up his crime-fighting feats, in order to counteract Kadabra's smear campaign. As the Flash cracks down on crime, the people of Central City become more and more disinterested in Abra Kadabra's show and he sees flagging box office sales.
In order to get back at the Flash, he ramps up his advertising campaign for his show and sets a trap for the Flash. When the Flash happens by one of Kadabra's posters, it fires an energy beam that transmutes the Flash into a living puppet, which Abra collects and decides to put into his show, as it would literally humiliate the Flash before a live audience. After some base humiliation at the hands of the Captain Creampuff puppet, the Flash manages to partially change himself back to normal, and gains limited mobility by vibrating his body's molecules. He then trashes the Captain Creampuff puppet, prompting Kadabra to come on stage to see what the commotion is about. The Flash then knocks out Kadabra with a punch and retrieves the faux-magician's magic wand, which he uses to restore himself to normal. With Kadabra defeated, the Flash turns him over to the police.
Later, Iris confronts Barry with her suspicions that he is really the Flash, however when Barry openly admits it, Iris is convinced that Barry is not the famed super-hero because if he was, he'd probably be attempting to deny it.
Appearing in "Plight of the Puppet Flash"
- Kadabra's Puppet-Transformation Ray
- The Flash Recommended Reading