Saturday, May 5, 2007

DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #2 - June 1980

sgIf I was Green Lantern, I think I'd be a little upset that I, founding member of the Justice League and solo title star for almost two decades, got lumped in as just a "friend" of the Flash and not the subject of my own digest collection. I'm not trying to start something between Hal and Barry, mind you; I'm just saying.

Anyway, The Flash was of course a perfect character to headline his own digest; he was one of the most enduringly-popular members of the DCU, having ushered in the Silver Age of Comics.

Stories include:
"Doomward Flight of the Flashes" by John Broome, Carmine Infantino (a name we'll be seeing a lot of, I bet), and Sid Greene
"Space-Boomerang Trap" by Broome, Infantino, and Joe Giella
"Robberies by Magic" by Gardner Fox, Infantino, and Murphy Anderson
"Kid Flash Meets the Elongated Man" by Broome, Infantino, and Giella
"The One-Man Justice League" by Fox, Infantino, and Giella
"Captives of the Cosmic Ray" by Broome, Infantino, and Giella
...and of course there's a Flash text piece by E.Nelson Bridwell, who could probably knock off these character histories in his sleep.

Topped off with a nice set of covers by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano (those white backgrounds really work, too bad you don't see them much on comics anymore), and this is a solid collection of stories featuring the Scarlet Speedster!

1 comment:

Earth 2 Chris said...

I remember seeing ads for this one(if I remember right, it was advertised with the first "Year's Best Stories" digest) and thinking, "I didn't know Green Lantern was Flash's sidekick". It wasn't until years later that I found the digest (one of the few I've found at comic shows), but I still can't shake that initial reaction to the cover. A great digest. I love the little Flash's running around the edge of the back cover!

Chris