Armed with those, as well as a few other gimmicky items, James Jesse took to a life of crime as the Trickster (inspired by the fact his name was the same, but reversed of a famous thief from the old West, Jesse James). Still, would walking on air be enough to allow him to beat the Flash?
Danger In The Air
The Trickster performs some incredible robberies, including stealing from an airplane during a flight. He issues a challenge to the Flash, and escapes him by running on air!
The story relates the history of James Jesse, and Flash, guessing the Trickster may have some circus blood in him, follows that hunch, checking out a local circus in town, where he happens to catch James Jesse practicing his high wire act. Flash also finds the Trickster's outfit in Jesse's trailer, so, captures the crook, turning him over to the police.
...as well as in Flash #160 (April, 1966), the Countdown Special: The Flash #1 (December, 2007), the Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told and the Flash Vs. the Rogues tradepaperback.
The Trickster Strikes Back
Trickster breaks out of jail, with a new plan for crimes in Central City, to steal from crooks as Flash catches them. This works for a while, with Flash unable to catch his tricky foe, until he tracks the villain down to his warehouse hideaway. Even then, Flash first finds a dummy made to look like the Trickster, which explodes!
Flash outruns the explosion, doubling back in time to catch the Trickster and return him to prison.
Double Danger On EarthCaptain Cold to face two Flashes in this story by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella.
Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth-2, comes to Earth-1 looking for a meteorite in Arizona that was causing a deadly radiation killing everyone on his home Earth, and goes looking for Earth-1's Flash (Barry Allen) for help. Barry is at a party, that is being burgled by Captain Cold and the Trickster, who first are working alone, but then decide to team up and try to take off with the cash from the party. The two Flashes go to find the meteorite, then stop the villainous pair, with Jay going back to his world with the meteorite cure.
Who Doomed The Flash?
To be honest, James Jesse was barely in this issue. Flash seems to see many of his captured foes out on the loose and checks the prison near Central City, with James being one of the inmates there. It was the Mirror Master, controlling the mind of attorney Paul Barrett that makes it seem like Flash's foes are out on the loose. Flash, stops the plan, and Trickster's appearance here is only a slight one. Still, this is an important issue, establishing that Flash's foes know each other, and later, when a Rogue's Gallery forms, Trickster will be represented.
Perilous Pursuit Of The Trickster
This time around, Trickster steals from a child....a toy detective set that he then uses in his next crimes. When Flash arrives to stop him from taking the money, the Trickster makes Flash look foolish, which so delights the Trickster, that he leaves the money behind, taking joy in embarrassing the Flash. Flash next confronts the Trickster while the villain is stealing a diamond, but Flash was ready this time. He had positioned a wire into the air previously, and uses it to reach the Trickster in the air, then handcuffs the Trickster using the handcuffs from the toy detective kit.
The Trickster's Toy Thefts
Trickster starts his crime spree by stealing a hobby horse that Iris West was giving to her niece, Inez. Flying off on the horse, Flash chases after him as Trickster uses it to rob a dirigible, but has to let the thief go to save the passengers of the vehicle who were in danger. Trickster has two more toys he tries to use against the Flash....a surfboard and a tricycle. Flash again saves innocent people while Trickster uses the surfboard in a crime, but, is able to counter the tricks of the tricycle, capturing the Trickster!
The Swell-Headed Super-Hero
Barry Allen uses his detective skills to solve a locked room mystery, and brags about it quite a bit. Then, when he switches to the Flash, his head really begins to swell...all thanks to the Trickster. The Trickster exposed Flash to weapon that causes Flash's head to expand (giving Flash headaches that slow down his use of his power), giving Trickster a chance to try to pop Flash's head. Knocking Flash unconscious, Trickster brings him back to his headquarters, where Flash finds the bird that Trickster originally experimented on (and cured with a dose of special radiation). Enough residual radiation remained on the bird to decrease Barry's headache, allowing him stop the Trickster, then further analyze the bird, to enable him to cure his condition.