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    The Flash #136

    The Flash » The Flash #136 - The Mirror Master's Invincible Bodyguards released by DC Comics on May 1, 1963.

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    Mirror Master plans some spectacular crimes after he busts out of prison so he can raise his standing in the prison newspaper's "Most Successful Criminal Poll."

    The Mirror Master's Invincible Bodyguards!

    Police Forensics Scientist, Barry Allen, is led to the office of a self-help guru, by his girlfriend, reporter Iris West. While in the office, Allen overhears a news bulletin, regarding the Mirror Master's escape from prison. Allen sneaks out of the office, to investigate the case, as the Flash. Led to the Mirror Master's cell by the prison's warden, the Flash determines how the Mirror Master escaped. The Mirror Master drew a bolt of lightning into a bucket of sand, with a loose piece of wire. The lightning bolt fused the sand into glass, which the Mirror Master then ground and polished into a mirror. With a mirror in his possession, escape was child's play.

    Unbeknownst to the Flash, the Mirror Master's motivation for escaping was due to his poor showing in a poll of most successful criminals, published in the prison's paper. Prior to beginning his newest criminal campaign, the Mirror Master creates two mirror bodyguards to protect him from the Flash. The Mirror Master strikes first at a downtown salon. When the Flash arrives on the scene, the Mirror Master quickly activates his mirror bodyguards. The mirror images blast the Flash into unconsciousness. Upon recovering, the Flash attunes his inner vibrations to the same frequency the Mirror Master used to create his mirror bodyguards.

    In this way, the Flash is able to track the Mirror Master back to his hidden lair. Checking his standing in the prison newspaper, the Mirror Master is overjoyed that, once again, he tops the list of Central City's most successful criminals. Storming the Mirror Master's lair, the Flash uses his mastery over his molecular structure to split off his own duplicates. While the Flash's duplicates engage the mirror bodyguards, the Flash, himself , takes down the Mirror Master. By the time the Mirror Master is incarcerated, his standing in the prison poll has hit rock bottom. Over dinner, West chastises Allen for running out on her. Much to Allen's chagrin, West has enrolled him in the self-help course.

    "Barry Allen-- You're The Flash!-- And I Can Prove It!"

    At work in his laboratory, Police Forensics Scientist, Barry Allen, comes across a note in his own handwriting. A note that he has no recollection of writing. The note instructs Allen to journey to the state penitentiary, and introduce himself to Rod Pagin. Allen arrives just as Pagin is being released on parole. Trancelike, Allen introduces himself. Pagin thanks Allen, then reveals that he knows Allen is the Flash. Pagin agrees to keep Allen's identity a secret, as long as Allen doesn't interfere, as the Flash, in Pagin's criminal activities. Despite the danger, the Flash still goes on patrol that night. Though he foils several crimes, none were committed by Pagin.

    Arriving late at the scene of a burglary, the Flash finds a note from Pagin, thanking him for holding to their arrangement. Over the next three nights, Pagin burglarizes three more jewelry stores. Allen attends a charity ball, with his girlfriend, reporter Iris West. Allen and West have worked out a mind reading trick to raise money. While Allen performs blindfolded, "guessing" the items West garners from the audience, he realizes that Pagin's crimes are taunting him. The first letter in the name of each of the jewelry stores Pagin has robbed almost spells out "Flash". Only the last letter is missing. Moving faster than the eye can see, Allen leaves the stage, checks the phone book for all the jewelry stores in Central City that start with the letter "H", and nabs Pagin.

    After carrying Pagin to jail, Allen gets back on stage, having only been absent for 10 seconds. Pagin holds a press conference to reveal the Flash's identity. Outing the Flash as Allen, though, only garners Pagin ridicule. Allen was seen to be on stage, at the charity ball, during the time the Flash nabbed Pagin. The master thief determines that he must have hypnotized Allen by mistake, instead of the Flash, at his trial. Thus, it was Allen who came to see him at his release, instead of the Flash, in his secret identity. West informs Allen that their act raised over $10,000.00 for charity. Their act was of even more value, though, to Allen, as it aided in protecting his secret identity.

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