Issue #161 turns out to be another Flash 80 Page Giant reprint book. Although we’ve already seen all of the Silver Age stories here, they were new to me at the time helping me catch up on the one’s I’d missed. The two Golden Age reprints in the book were also of interest. The first featured the Fiddler who I first encountered in issue #123 in the classic Flash of Two Worlds story. It was fascinating to see him in Golden Age action. The Johnny Quick story was illustrated by the masterful Mort Meskin. I didn’t realize it at the time but Meskin had illustrated the first comic book I ever bought. For the full story, check out the Match to Flame posts.
I haven’t been a huge fan of the modern incarnations of the Flash, but I recently had my interest piqued by this homage to the Flash of Two Worlds cover. Upon checking it out, I found that this latest version has some pretty good art and writing going for it. Enough so that it’s been added to my pull list. It’s interesting that, as the Flash seems to be returning to form, it’s drawn by another artist named Carmine.