“FLASH – VANDAL OF CENTRAL CITY!”
Pied Piper causes Flash’s superpowers to go haywire, landing the Scarlet Speedster in jail!
Flash--Vandal Of Central City!
Public sentiment has turned against the Flash. Of late, the Scarlet Speedster has found himself with no control over his actions. With no warning, he begins tearing through the streets, at super-human speed, injuring civilians, and incurring massive amounts of property damage. At first, the populace of Central City is more forgiving of the Flash's rampages. After the Scarlet Speedster destroys the bridge over the Central River, though, the Central City citizens have had enough. As police forensics scientist, Barry Allen, the Flash tries to remain in his home. Ultimately, though, he, once again, finds himself compelled to run amok in Central City.
On this occasion, the Flash accidentally knocks himself out, by running headlong into a brick wall. With the crowd calling for his blood, the Flash is put under arrest by the Central City Police Department. The architect of the Flash's current woes is revealed to be the Pied Piper. Using a special pipe keyed to super-speed vibrations, the Pied Piper has been controlling the Flash's actions. With his foe behind bars, the Pied Piper strikes a deal with Central City's criminal element. The Pied Piper will clear the entire populace from Central City, for three hours, allowing the crooks to loot the entire city, unopposed. In return, the Pied Piper demands half of everything they steal.
True to his word, the Pied Piper empties Central City. When the time comes to pay the piper, the crooks renege on the deal, offering the Pied Piper only a quarter of their ill-gotten gains. In retaliation for double-crossing him, the Pied PIper forces the Flash to escape from jail, then releases his hold over him. Seeing Central City overrun with criminals, the Flash quickly rounds them all up, and throws them in jail. The Pied Piper reveals himself to the Flash. Before the Pied Piper can regain control of the Flash, the Scarlet Speedster takes his musical nemesis down. Exonerated in the eyes of the public, the Flash receives a special commendation from the mayor's office.
The Boy Who Lost Touch With The World!
Wally West and Tommy Davis are on a botany field trip. Davis spies some ginseng root growing in the wild. Looking on in horror, West sees a boulder toppling over onto Davis. West, as Kid Flash, races to intercept the boulder, but arrives too late. Surprisingly, the boulder passes harmlessly through Davis. Kid Flash quickly realizes that it is only because of his ultra-fast vision that he can even perceive Davis. In fact, Kid Flash must vibrate at super-human speed to hear Davis' words. Davis reveals that he was the unfortunate victim of a laboratory accident, involving an experiment in invisibility.
The effects of the accident on Davis were not immediately apparent. Kid Flash takes Davis to Davis' father's research enterprises laboratory. There they encounter a group of thieves, ransacking the premises. Kid Flash makes short work of the two crooks. A third man, though, hiding in the shadows, observes Davis' power of invisibility. Vibrating at super-speed, in close proximity to Davis, Kid Flash is able to slough off the vibratory energy keeping Davis out of sync with the world. When Davis is finally able to hold a glass of water, and drink it, Kid Flash stops.
Davis, alone at home, realizes that Kid Flash must be West. Davis phones West, only to be interrupted by the third crook. Looking to capitalize on Davis' power of invisibility, the crook has tracked the boy to his home. Kid Flash arrives and beats the living daylights out of the crook. When Davis returns to the phone receiver, he finds West still on the line. Completely underestimating just how fast Kid Flash can move, Davis determines that West couldn't possibly be Kid Flash, since he can't be in two places at the same time. West is secure in the knowledge that his secret identity remains a secret.