Grodd Puts the Squeeze On Flash!; The Machine-Made Robbery! last edited by pikahyper on 09/14/18 09:59AM View full history

“GRODD PUTS THE SQUEEZE ON THE FLASH!” Gorilla Grodd speeds up the citizens of Central City and uses them to force the Flash to free him from his prison in Gorilla City.

Grodd Puts the Squeeze On Flash!

Police forensics scientist, Barry Allen, is astonished to see his wife, Picture News reporter, Iris West, moving at super-human speed. Allen, investigating as the Flash, discovers that the entire populace of Central City is also moving at super-human speed. The Flash consults with a theoretical physicist, Doctor Torrence. From Torrence, the Flash learns that the accelerated citizens will live out their natural lives in a matter of hours. The Flash also discovers that Central City has been cut off from the rest of the world, by a citywide force field.

The Flash receives a telepathic message from the super-gorilla, Grodd, who takes credit for Central City's dilemma. Grood offers to reverse the time acceleration on Central City, in return for his release from prison. Reluctantly, the Flash breaks Grodd out of his cell, in Gorilla City, and carries him to Central City. True to his world, Grodd slows the citizens down to their normal rate. Grodd commandeers the broadcast networks of the world, and threatens to speed up time across the globe, unless he is made ruler of the Earth. The Flash receives word, from Torrence, that the accelerated time phenomena resulted from an extraordinary radiation burst from the sun.

Grodd had nothing to do with the once-in-a-lifetime event, merely taking advantage of it. The Flash confronts Grodd, in the mayor's offices, at City Hall. Grodd telekinetically draws the Flash into his grip, then crushes him, until all that's left is the Flash's uniform. In truth, the Flash vibrated out of his uniform, and Grodd's grasp. Hammering away at the simian super-villain, the Flash defeats Grodd, then carries him back to Gorilla City, for imprisonment. West waves away the reason why her husband was the only man unaffected by the speed-up, citing his extreme laziness as the probable cause.

Reprinted in Super-Heroes Battle Super-Gorillas #1.

The Machine-Made Robbery!

A trio of crooks trick the absent-minded Professor Ira West into allowing them access to his new computer. West demonstrates the prescient power of the computer by asking it to calculate the ideal mate for his wedded daughter, Picture News reporter, Iris West. The computer determines that the Flash is the perfect man for West's daughter. Unbeknownst to West, his daughter is actually already married to the Flash, in his civilian identity of police forensics scientist, Barry Allen. The crooks pay a small fee to lease West's computer, then depart.

After they've gone, West remembers that certain adjustments have to be periodically made, to keep the computer operating properly. West gets a message to the Flash, via police headquarters. West explains his dilemma in contacting the men who borrowed his computer. West spies one of the men across the street. The Flash heads out to intercept the man, eventually locating him inside a nearby building. Discovering that the man, along with his two associates, are in the process of robbing a vault, the Flash moves in to arrest them.

The Flash is seconds away from taking the thieves down, when a lucky cane strike fells him. The crooks flee, before the Flash can recover. While in pursuit of the criminals, the Flash finds himself running out of control, due to his head injury. Pulling himself together long enough to run their getaway car off the road, the Flash apprehends the three crooks. The Flash returns West's computer to him. West reveals that his computer chose the Flash as the ideal man for his daughter. The Flash reminds the absent-minded West that his daughter is already married. A knowing smile crosses the Flash's face, acknowledging that West's computer picked the right man.

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