Flash 36 – the Flash vs Rag Doll

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Rag Doll gets the cover of Flash 36 (Dec. 42), his only appearance in the Golden Age.

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Fox and Lou Ferstadt introduce the Rag Doll in this story, a triple-jointed contortionist who turns to crime after the carnival he travels with goes bankrupt.

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He learns of a society treasure hunt that is taking place, organized by Joan Williams, with a prize of $150,000 in defense bonds.  Pretending to be a real life-sized rag doll, he has himself mailed to Joan, so that he can get a jump on the clues.

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It’s a really well plotted story, and the Rag Doll makes an excellent villain.  There is even a cool death trap for the Flash, with a creepy looking octopus.  We never see Rag Doll out of his costume, which helps build a weirdness about him.  It’s kind of a shame that it took thirty years for him to return.

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