Flash Comics comes to an end with issue 104 (Feb. 49), with a cover for the Broome and Kubert Hawkman story.
Hawkman flies solo in this story, which involves criminals who have stolen an invention that projects realistic images.
It’s a pretty simple and unremarkable tale, notable only for the art.
Hawkman continues to appear as a member of the Justice Society in All-Star Comics.
The Flash gets an excellent villain in this Kanigher, Infantino and Giacoia story, which begins by re-capping Jay Garricks’s origin. He faces a similarly garbed enemy, Rival, who Jay fears knows his identity. Of course, looking back at the Flash’s earliest stories, he took no efforts to conceal it at that time, so his fears now are a bit odd.
Rival is capable of running as fast as the Flash, but as the story progresses, it becomes clear that he can only do short bursts, which enables the Flash to defeat him.
Flash unmasks Rival, who turns out to be a chemistry professor, Dr. Clariss, who overheard part of the experiment that created the Flash, but was unable to duplicate it exactly.
The Flash continues to appear as a member of the Justice Society, in All-Star Comics, but Joan Williams has to wait till the Silver Age for her return, in the first team-up of Jay Garrick and Barry Allen. Rival does not return until around the Millenium, in the pages of Justice Society of America.
Professor Zoom, the Reverse-Flash, was very much an updated version of Rival.
The Ghost Patrol get their final story to date here, with art by Infantino and Sachs. Pedro, Slim and Fred come to the aid of a horse in this story who is concerned about his son-horse, which reveals that they are able to talk to animals – or at least dead ones.
It’s pretty much the standard evil gambler plot, enlivened by the antics of the ghosts.
The Ghost Patrol do not return until after Crisis on Infinite Earths, and even then only make rare cameos.
The final story of the Golden Age Atom, by Arthur Adler and Reinman, has Al Pratt and Mary James out fishing, when they see a lighthouse sink into the ground. Mary then winds up getting kidnapped.
It’s all part of a plot to steal oil from the government, and with such a visible giveaway, these guys would have got caught even if the Atom hadn’t come on the scene. The death-trap is not bad.
The Atom continues to appear as a member of the Justice Society, in the pages of All-Star Comics. Mary James does not appear again until a DC Comics Presents story in the 80s.
Black Canary’s final outing, by Kanigher, Infantino and Sachs, has a complicated plot, once again reminiscent of a film noir, in which Dinah Drake and Larry Lance come to the aid of a noted criminologist who may have been murdered while investigating an old case.
But it turns out the criminologist is actually the killer.
Black Canary continues to appear in All-Star Comics as part of the Justice Society of America. Larry Lance does not return until a Brave an Bold story in the mid-60s, although chronologically his next appearance is in a previously unprinted Black Canary story in DC Special in the early 70s.
Flash Comics comes to an end here, but the numbering would be used for the Silver Age Flash comic. Despite this, the latter Flash series is not really a continuation of this anthology book, but of All-Flash, his solo comic.