Thursday, April 25, 2024

Flash In Crisis

Flash disappeared during the Crisis On Infinite Earths...but, where did he go?

These two issues explained what happened to Barry Allen...

Flash #350 (October, 1985)

First, the end of an era.  

The last issue of the Flash since the start of the Silver Age, by Cary Bates, Carmine Infantino and Frank McLaughlin (with cover inked by Klaus Janson).  Here, Barry Allen finally ends his trial for the murder of the Reverse Flash, fights the Rogues one more time, deals with Abra Kadabra...and gets a Silver Age happy ending, as Iris Allen, thought dead for 75 issues, was really rescued by her future parents (well, her parents, who lived in the future, Eric and Fran Russell).  

But, all this foreshadowed something ominous....

Crisis On Infinite Earths #8 (November, 1985)

After a few issues, where readers see Barry in the 30th Century, living his best life with Iris, the Crisis comes to his time, and Flash starts appearing to heroes, warning them of the Crisis.  

This issue, by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Jerry Ordway, along with all the other dimensional confusion and hero gathering, has Flash, in the headquarters of the Anti-Monitor in the anti-matter universe, dealing with Psycho Pirate and the Weaponers of Qward, with Barry realizing that to help save the multiverse, he has to destroy the Anti-Monitor's Anit-Matter Cannon..

....and, as his speed increases, he travels through time (mostly back, a little forward) to deliver warnings to the heroes (and, had other circumstances not happened, a hint of how to bring him back....).

An incredible moment in comics (even with all the updates and changes that have happened since...), with the loss of the character that so visually started DC's Silver Age.

Why talk about this today?  Well, on the CW Flash TV series, this was the date the Flash disappeared according to the Central City Citizen...and read here for a little history of the Crisis On Infinite Earths. as well as here, for a little on the Flash of Two Worlds which kicked off Flash's place with the multiple Earths, as well as how Flash got to now here.

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