The Flash #123
(September 1961)

DC, 1959 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
Monthly, with the exception of January, April, July and October
On-sale date
1961-07-17
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Julius Schwartz
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age, then Modern Age US
Paper Stock
newsprint
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #160, 169, 178, 187, 196, 214, 229, 232)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date based on stamped date on copy originally purchased by comic book fan Jerry Bails.

Publication date of 18 July 1961, was reported to the U.S. Copyright Office in the Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Volume 15, Part 2, Number 2, Periodicals, July-December 1961. Class B periodical. Copyright registration number B916390.

Winner of the 1961 "Best Cover," "Best Single Issue," and "Best Story" Alley Awards.

Homage to cover done on the Flash TV show (Season 2, Episode 2) broadcast Tuesday, October 13, 2015.


Flash of Two Worlds! (Table of Contents)

The Flash / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Murphy Anderson
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Flash [Jay Garrick]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover art is an homage to the cover of Our Fighting Forces (DC, 1954 series) #48 (August 1959). Pencil and ink credits confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Complete 4 Piece Matched Set of Luggage (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Record Your Voice at Home (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Honor House Products Corp. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Flash of Two Worlds! [Chapter 1] (Table of Contents: 3)

The Flash / comic story / 10.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen] (origin re-cap); Flash [Jay Garrick] (origin re-cap) (Earth-2); Iris West; Joan Garrick (Earth-2)
Synopsis
Barry Allen appears at the Community Center in Central City to perform for kids and during one of his amazing tricks is mysteriously transported to Keystone City...a place that he recalls that the original Flash once lived. The two meet and Barry surmises that Jay lives on a parallel Earth...one that evidently Earth-1 writer Gardner Fox tuned in on when he wrote the adventures of the Flash in the 1940's. Jay tells Barry that a crime wave has hit Keystone City and asks Barry for his help.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Revival of the original Flash from Earth 2. Vs. Fiddler, Thinker and the Shade, revivals. Golden Age Flash also in 129, 137, 151, 170, 173, 215, 229. Page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Tootsie Roll Makes History! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Fastest Trips Around the World! (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Nellie Bly; Wiley Post
Synopsis
Modern speed records by people for circling the earth.

See the Many Fantastic Faces of Superman... (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Giant Superman Annual; Secret Origins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Flash of Two Worlds! Chapter 2 (Table of Contents: 7)

The Flash / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Flash [Jay Garrick] (Earth-2); Edward Jarvis (millionaire); un-named butler of Jarvis; The Fiddler [Isaac Bowin] (Earth-2 villain); The Thinker [Clifford Devoe] (Earth-2 villain); The Shade [Richard Swift] (Earth-2 villain)
Synopsis
Unknown to either Flash, three master criminals from the past of Jay Garrick are responsible for the crime wave in Keystone City: the Thinker, who vows to steal the Neptune Cup, the Fiddler, who seeks to steal the crown jewels on display at a museum, and the Shade wants to gain control of a collection of historical curios. However, both Flashes fall flat on their vase in their attempts to nab the Thinker and Shade.
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Indexer Notes

Page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

There's More Than Meets the Eye..... (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll Pop / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

The Inside Story of Batman and Robin's Top Secrets in This Giant Special (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Batman and Robin / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

150 Civil War Soldiers! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

150 Civil War Soldiers / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Free! World-Wide Stamps... (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Garcelon Stamp Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

Flash-Grams / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz (editorial replies)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Editor: I'd like to ask you...
Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Letters from: Joe Garrett, James E. Brown, Jeffrey Strum (awarded the pages of original art from Chapter 1), Ernest Rosenberg (awarded the pages of original art from Chapter 2), Franklin Hillpot (awarded the pages of original art from Chapter 3).

Flash of Two Worlds! Chapter 3 (Table of Contents: 14)

The Flash / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Flash [Barry Allen]; Flash [Jay Garrick] (Earth-2); Iris West; The Fiddler [Isaac Bowin] (Earth-2 villain); The Thinker [Clifford Devoe] (Earth-2 villain); The Shade [Richard Swift] (Earth-2 villain)
Synopsis
After comparing notes, Jay and Barry decide to work together to tackle the Fiddler. But the Shade and Thinker are comparing notes, too, and discover that their partner in crime is up against two Flashes, not one.
Reprints
Keywords
Fiddle Car

Indexer Notes

Page count confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Guaranteed to Make You Smile... (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll Ice Cream Bar / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

Frontier Cabin (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Frontier Cabin / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

If You Know Just 20 People... (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Wallace Brown, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Zodiac Ring (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Wilson Chemical Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

204 Revolutionary War Soldiers (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Revolutionary War Soldiers / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Flash of Two Worlds!
    The Flash
  2. 1. Complete 4 Piece Matched Set of Luggage
    Honor House Products Corp.
  3. 2. Record Your Voice at Home
    Honor House Products Corp.
  4. 3. Flash of Two Worlds! [Chapter 1]
    The Flash
  5. 4. Tootsie Roll Makes History!
    Tootsie Roll
  6. 5. Fastest Trips Around the World!
  7. 6. See the Many Fantastic Faces of Superman...
    Giant Superman Annual; Secret Origins
  8. 7. Flash of Two Worlds! Chapter 2
    The Flash
  9. 8. There's More Than Meets the Eye.....
    Tootsie Roll Pop
  10. 9. The Inside Story of Batman and Robin's Top Secrets in This Giant Special
    Batman and Robin
  11. 10. ["Be my guest at Palisades Amusement Park, New Jersey."]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  12. 11. 150 Civil War Soldiers!
    150 Civil War Soldiers
  13. 12. Free! World-Wide Stamps...
    Garcelon Stamp Co.
  14. 13. ["Dear Editor: I'd like to ask you..."]
    Flash-Grams
  15. 14. Flash of Two Worlds! Chapter 3
    The Flash
  16. 15. Guaranteed to Make You Smile...
    Tootsie Roll Ice Cream Bar
  17. 16. Frontier Cabin
    Frontier Cabin
  18. 17. If You Know Just 20 People...
    Wallace Brown, Inc.
  19. 18. Zodiac Ring
    Wilson Chemical Co.
  20. 19. 204 Revolutionary War Soldiers
    Revolutionary War Soldiers
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