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    The Flash #133

    The Flash » The Flash #133 - Plight of the Puppet-Flash! released by DC Comics on December 1, 1962.

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    Plight of the Puppet-Flash! last edited by pmn1987 on 02/21/22 09:22AM View full history

    Abra Kadabra turns Flash into a puppet!

    Plight Of The Puppet-Flash!

    Using his advanced knowledge of future technology, Abra Kadabra is able to cobble together a mesmerizing device out of pots and pans, from the prison kitchen. Abra Kadabra uses this device to hypnotize the Governor into signing a pardon, releasing Abra Kadabra from prison. When news of Abra Kadabra's release reaches police forensics scientist, Barry Allen, he decides to investigate the matter, as the Flash. Staring out over Central City's skyline, from his luxurious penthouse apartment, Abra Kadabra finds inspiration for a new performance. A performance guaranteed to bestow upon him the fame and fortune he covets.

    Allen attends the performance with his girlfriend, reporter Iris West. The performance turns out to be a puppet show, where a puppet of the Flash is humiliated by a puppet villain, called "Captain Creampuff". The show is an enormous hit, playing to sold-out crowds. Allen is none to thrilled with what he takes to be Abra Kadabra's attack on the Flash's credibility with the public. To counter Abra Kadabra's campaign of ridicule, the Flash steps up his efforts to rid Central City of crime. His relentless efforts to clean up the streets of Central City garner the Flash big headlines on a daily basis. So enamored are the citizens of Central City with the Flash's heroic deeds that attendance begins to drop off sharply for Abra Kadabra's puppet show.

    In retaliation, Abra Kadabra papers Central City with posters advertising his show. As the Flash runs past one these posters, he is suddenly bathed in a strange radiation, that transforms him into a marionette. Abra Kadabra collects the Flash, and brings him back to the theater. After forcing the Flash to applaud Abra Kadabra's "brilliant feat", the Flash is placed into the puppet show. Completely unable to move, the Flash is humiliated, nightly, by "Captain Creampuff", to the rapturous amusement of Central City's inhabitants. Only the Flash's brain has been left unchanged by Abra Kadabra's future science, so that he may feel his humiliation.

    Exercising his complete control of his own molecules, the Flash fires off extra molecules, from his brain, into his costume, causing it to inflate like a balloon. Breaking loose from his strings, the Flash slowly moves forward. Abra Kadabra is so taken aback by the spectacle that he allows the Flash to stumble, ploddingly, near enough to him to be knocked unconscious, Picking up Abra Kadabra's wand, the Flash reverses his transformation, restoring himself to normal. Abra Kadabra is returned to prison. Later, the Flash, as Allen, is hanging out with West, when she idly remarks that Allen and the Flash seem to hold to the same schedule. Allen readily admits to West that he is the Flash. West finds the notion ludicrous.

    Secret Of The Handicapped Boys!

    Kid Flash heads out to the Sunfield Camp For Handicapped Children, to perform feats of speed for their amusement. Each of his speed challenges have been dreamed up by the camp's children. After completing three challenges, to the amazement of his admirers, Kid Flash settles in for a day spent with the children. Over lunch, Kid Flash receives a note to meet three of the boys at a remote location. The three boys are the blind Harry Watkins, deaf Dave Dent, and mute Freddy Garson. All three boys know Kid Flash, in his civilian identity, Wally West. Now, they reveal that they know Kid Flash is West. Watkins recognized Kid Flash's voice as West's.

    Dent's lipreading skills noticed the similarities in the way Kid Flash and West speak. Garson recognized Kid Flash's handwriting as West's. Before Kid Flash can react to their revelation, the platform two of the boys are standing on collapses, sending them falling down the cliffside. Kid Flash rescues the boys, returns them to the camp, and departs. The next day, West receives a small statue in the mail. It is of three monkeys. One which sees no evil. One which hears no evil. One which speaks no evil. West takes the gift as a sign that the three handicapped boys will keep the secret of his dual identity.

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