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    The Flash #287

    The Flash » The Flash #287 - Dr. Alchemy and Mr. Desmond! released by DC Comics on July 1980.

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    Dr. Alchemy and Mr. Desmond! last edited by MickRory on 04/13/23 06:31PM View full history

    Doctor Alchemy storms the Central City Police Forensics Lab. After rendering laboratory assistant, Patty Spivot, unconscious, Doctor Alchemy lays claim to a dyrithum bullet- proof vest. Having witnessed Doctor Alchemy's assault on his assistant, police forensics scientist, Barry Allen, goes into action, as the Flash. Doctor Alchemy's men greet the Flash with a hail of gunfire. Not wishing to see the laboratory destroyed, the Flash opts to catch all the bullets, rather then vibrate his molecules into intangibility. After taking out the two gunmen, the Flash goes after Doctor Alchemy. To bar his pursuit, Doctor Alchemy uses his Philosopher's Stone to create a wall of dry ice in the Flash's path.

    The Flash crashes through the barrier without losing a step. As the Flash closes on Doctor Alchemy, he is suddenly overwhelmed by carbon monoxide poisoning, and lapses into unconsciousness. Upon recovery,the Flash, as Allen, returns to the laboratory. Allen spends the rest of the work day pondering the return of Doctor Alchemy, and what that means for Allen's friend, Al Desmond. After work, Allen meets with Desmond's wife, Rita. Desmond's wife is visibly upset. Desmond arrives, and offers an alibi for his whereabouts, during Doctor Alchemy's assault on the forensics laboratory. Desmond's wife, however, doesn't back his alibi. The police arrive, and take Desmond into custody.

    In Desmond's garage, the police find the stolen dyrithum bullet-proof vest. En route back to police headquarters, Allen, as the Flash, prevents a taxi cab from crashing through a store front. The cab's passenger is one of Allen's new neighbors, the mysterious Fiona Webb. The Flash escorts Webb to her destination, coincidentally, also police headquarters. Arriving at police headquarters, the Flash finds the building emitting a blinding light. The very air within police headquarters has been blended with sodium, creating the dazzling glare. The Flash races to Desmond's cell, and finds the iron bars transformed into a much softer metal, gold. Desmond is gone.

    The Flash runs down Desmond, as Doctor Alchemy, in a nearby park. The Flash incapacitates Doctor Alchemy, then beats him into the ground. "Doctor Alchemy", however, is revealed to be a hapless innocent, who was paid to put the costume on. The real Doctor Alchemy has made good his escape. In a cave on the outskirts of Central City, Desmond, chained to the wall, is held captive. His captor, Doctor Alchemy, reveals himself to be another man, also named Al Desmond. This man bears neither resemblance nor kinship with Desmond. With Desmond framed for Doctor Alchemy's crimes, the other Al Desmond relishes his moment of triumph.

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    • This issue contains the Hostess Superhero Ad, Batman in "Catman on the Prowl"

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