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Flash, The: Archives - VOL 04 Hardcover – May 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207717
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa638cd08) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa629d7d4) out of 5 stars More Spectacular Silver Age Entertainment May 11 2006
By Bruce Spizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The fourth volume of The Flash Archives delivers more examples of wonderous Silver Age classics. Once again we are treated to the graceful realistic-looking art of Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella and exciting stories by John Broome (with one issue scripted by Gardner Fox featuring the Golden Age Flash).

Issue #125 teams The Flash and Kid Flash in "The Conquerors of Time." In order to save the Earth's ability to generate atomic power to protect itself from alien invaders, the scarlet speedsters must travel to the past and future. This issue introduces the cosmic treadmill, which enables Flash to travel through time in an exact manner. Kid Flash travels back to 100,842,246 B.C., while Flash finds himself in 2287 A.D. This full-length story successfully blends action and science fiction and packs more plot and characterization in 25 pages than many of today's five-issue story lines.

Issue # 126 brings back one of The Flash's oldest foes, Mirror Master, in a tale in which his foe travels to and becomes a hero in the Mirror World. The other story, "Snare of the Headline Huntress," is a human interest story that introduces Barry "Flash" Allen's parents and his childhood sweetheart, Daphne Dean, who is now a Hollywood star. She pretends to be in love with Barry to garner headlines and ends up falling for him.

Issue #127 has yet another battle between Flash and Gorilla Grodd and a Kid Flash story that touches on racial prejudice.

Issue #128 introdcues Abra Kadabra, a magican from 6363 A.D. who goes back in time to use his era's advanced science to perform "magic tricks" and taunt The Flash. The second story explains why The Flash decided to wear a mask and keep his identity a secret.

Issue # 129, written by Gardner Fox, features the second team-up between the Silver Age Flash and the Golden Age Flash. The speedsters have to save both Earths and battle Captain Cold and The Trickster, all in 25 pages. This classic comic re-introduces the Justice Society of America, which Fox would soon team up with the Justice League of America.

Issue # 130 contains one of my favorite Flash yarns, "Who Doomed The Flash?" Flash barely escapes a death trap set by one of his foes by turning a temporary filling into a life-saving projectile. The second story pairs Kid Flash and The Elongated Man against The Weather Wizard.

Issue #131 features a full-length tale containing the second team-up of The Flash and Green Lantern in "Captives of the Csmic Ray!" Once again, the pair save the Earth from alien invaders.

Issue #132 has two stories not quite up to the standards of the others. "The Heaviest Man Alive!" pits The Flash against a TV producer from another dimension who creates disasters on Earth to generate high viewer ratings on his program featuring spectacles of Earth. "The Farewell Appearance of Daphne Dean" brings back The Flash's childhood sweetheart, who this time is after The Flash's affections.

In reading these stories, one gets the impression that all of The Flash's villians (with the exception of Grodd) enjoy sparring with The Flash. Although they try to humiliate and even kill him, you get the impression that they really don't want The Flash to die beause they would miss matching witts with him. These are stories you can read to a child without having to explain constant violence and killings. They don't write them like this any more. And that's a shame.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa629d828) out of 5 stars Fantastic book Jan. 29 2012
By Richard Dumene - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a fan of the flash, I have always loved reading the classic silver age stories when I could. But now I can actually OWN them all. The book is well worth the price with high quality binding and covers and colors that seem to pop off the page. Id buy it again if i lost it or it was damaged.
HASH(0xa629db04) out of 5 stars The best Silver Age character of the DC superheroes Oct. 2 2014
By Adrian Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I don't think any character benefited more from the transition from Golden Age to Silver Age than the Flash. Maybe Green Lantern, but Golden Age Green Lantern still had something to offer to me. Golden Age Flash, on the other hand, was dea on arrival (and I love the Golden Age!). But Silver Age Flash really hits the mark, providing (for me, at least) the best entertainment among major superheroes of DC during that era.

Volume 4 of the Flash Archives hits the spot. We see a great sampling of the excellent rogue's gallery of Flash (2nd, in this reader's opinion, only to Batman). We even get a nice team up of the Rogues (as they would later be known). We see wonderful support characters like Elastic Man and Kid Flash (Wally West Kid Flash, no less!). in fact, the story where they work together is one of the most entertaining of this volume. The stories are silly, as all Silver Age stories are, but they work because of the ridiculous nature of the Flash himself (time to vibrate molecules to...do whatever it is I need to do!). The art work is great, and it looks even better restored. I can respect that people like the old look, but anyone telling me that the Flash wasn't meant to be glorious solid red is kidding themselves.

This is another volume I highly recommend, and particularly for the prices of today. It's a great time to collect the DC archives, and this one is a hit.
HASH(0xa629d9fc) out of 5 stars Love the Flash June 16 2014
By Thomas J. Trout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
These are great volumes that I love! Wonderful stories with fantastic art. Get yours now since the tv show is starting in the fall and find out why it's going to be a huge success!!!!
HASH(0xa629dc0c) out of 5 stars Silver Age pleasure Oct. 10 2015
By Chester L. Siuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love Silver Age comics. If you do too, you'll like this series.