Flash 69 – Winky, Blinky and Noddy make a violin, the Thunderbolt’s family, Ghost Patrol return, and Hawkman meets Sherlock Holmes

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There’s more chaos by Winky, Blinky and Noddy in Flash Comics 69 (Feb/March 1946), in a story by Fox and Hibbard.

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The story begins as Jay Garrick cringes at the sound of a horrible violin, though Joan Williams can hear nothing.  Even more puzzling, another man pays Winky, Blinky and Noddy to keep playing their instrument, which no one but Jay can hear.  The boys explain that the violin was of their own construction.  Although it cannot be heard by most people, Jay’s experience with super-speed allows him to hear it higher than normal range.

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The violin also has the effect of shattering not only glass, but even metal, its vibrations are so intense. The man who paid the boys to keep playing is a thief who has been taking advantage of the destruction it causes, robbing whatever he can, until the Flash intervenes.

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Johnny Thunder’s name may be on the strip, but he only appears in the final panel of this Wentowrth and Aschmeier story, which introduces the Thunderbolt’s wife and son.  We also find out that the Thudnerbolt is named Archibald.

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It’s the son, Shocko, who gets most of the coverage in this story, as he descends to Earth on a kite flown by Peachy Pet, and the two brats wind up getting into a fight.

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Thunderbolt’s wife comes down to break up the spat between the children.  Shocko returns in a few months.

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The Ghost Patrol is back after a three months hiatus, in a story by Wentworth and Harry, which deals with a con artist selling fake potions and such, provided by a shady Arab.  The Ghost Patrol had stopped battling World War 2 even before the war ended, and become benevolent ghostly heroes.

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The story only really picks up at the very end, as the Arab releases a djinn from a bottle.

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Taking advantage of their spirit state, they lure the djinn back into the bottle and seal it.

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Hawkman gets some surprising help as he deals with fires possibly set as part of an old curse in this Fox and Kubert story.

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It’s actually a pretty complicated case, with a fake curse, an impersonator and a plan to loot a company and cover the thefts.  Big Red leads Hawkman to Sherlock Holmes, who helps the hero put the facts together.

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Some really beautiful art, and despite it’s convoluted nature, the story does tie together.

 

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