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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 191

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a much overlooked Grant Morrison story from the last issue of Secret Origins, a re-telling of the first meeting of the Golden Age and Silver Age Flash, with artwork by the late, great Mike Parobeck…

Enjoy!

The story opens up with a really wonderful beginning…

That’s a really cool opening, right?

As you can see, the story is told by a young boy telling the story of what he did on his summer vacation. It is basically a re-telling of the ACTUAL first meeting of the Golden Age and the Silver Age Flashes (the ones on two different Earths).

Parobeck is a brilliant choice for a simple, old-fashioned story.

The page layout (with the drawings of the characters done in the kid’s art style) is really cool.

Check out a few more pages…

Be sure to check out this issue in the back-issue bins, especially to find out the “secret” behind just who the little kid is in the story!

Secret Origins #50 also has a good Alan Brennert Black Canary (the original one) origin plus some other cool stories by guys like Elliot S! Maggin and Denny O’Neil. The Denny O’Neil story is a Dick Grayson prose origin with illustrations by George Perez.

19 Comments

The Crazed Spruce

July 11, 2010 at 5:40 am

Yeah, there were a few good stories in that issue. The three or four issues leading up to it were pretty good, too. (I’m particularly fond of the Bouncing Boy origin. :) )

And I’m not gonna spoil it, but the identity of the kid writing the story was a great twist. :)

The Crazed Spruce

July 11, 2010 at 5:43 am

(By the way, the Bouncing Boy story was in issue 48 or 49, as I recall.)

Yes, I also recall that it was in the issue 48.

Lord Paradise

July 11, 2010 at 6:05 am

For a minute I thought that Barry was throwing the eraser into the crowd.

Is the kid Wally West?

Stephane Savoie

July 11, 2010 at 6:38 am

At the time, I thought this was an odd story: the attempt to bring in an seemingly redundant (although classic) silver age story back into continuity. After all, if the two Flashes are from the same earth, how hard is it to have them meet? How do you retain the essence of the story, but more importantly, why?
Now we can see that this might be the earliest example of Morrison’s desire to bring in old out-of-continuity stories into the mainstream.

Was the kid Wally West? I mean can someone just tell me instead of beating around the bush I’m not gonna pick it up.

It’s not Wally. Honest.

to bad this is another example of DC’s ineptitude at creating new characters people actually want to read, and just having ‘reinvent’ old ones.

Oh man, I need to find this. I had no idea Morrison and Parobeck had worked together.

The entry at the Great Comics Database gives the reveal away for those who don’t want to rifle through their back issue bins (but why wouldn’t you?).

Oh…I wasn’t even close.

Didn’t that character already have his powers by that age?

Bill, it’s reprinted in the Flash TPB : the Human race.

arrgghh, damn fingers… that was me just above.

Great choice, Brian : Mike Parobeck did an impressive job at re-drawing some panels from the original issue and still keeping his wonderful style.

The Infinite Earths were such a cool concept in the right hands.

[...] Should Be Good’s Year of Cool Comics spotlights “Flash of Two Worlds” — or more precisely, the Grant Morrison/Mike Parobeck retelling of the story from Secret [...]

Matthew Johnson

July 12, 2010 at 8:07 am

What I loved about this story was Morrison’s approach to continuity — basically saying, “We can have a unified universe and still have these great old stories — it just takes a little creativity.”

Given the teller’s adoptive father’s riches, would he have even been in a school, or would he have been tutored?

I’m sure I read that story, as I bought every issue of that comic (and I faintly remember the Dolphin story), but I don’t want to try to dig it out of my wasp-infected storage building.

[...] the Big Three). Hence this. One of Morrison’s earliest and most entertaining works for DC was a short story in Secret Origins in which he riffed on “??Flash of Two Worlds”, and we’d love to see something [...]

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