Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Flash and The Spirit



This is a pairing that I did not think of immediately, but once the Central City connection was pointed out to me in one of the comment sections on this blog, it suddenly made a lot of sense.  I give a lot of credit to writer Geoff Johns for making Central City a real character in The Flash comics, just as Opal City was in Starman or Gotham is in the Batman titles.

6 comments:

Cary Comic said...

I'm equally surprised that you never made the connection sooner.* But, it was definitely worth the wait! As I recall, the post-COIE comic book introduced a private eye character who was later revealed to have been a Golden Age vigilante similar to the Spirit: Nightshade. And he, in turn, became one of the recurring guest-stars on the 1990 CBS tele-version of the Flash.

In short? Brilliant job, as usual, Ross.

*Another such connection would be the Flash meeting the Fantastic Four, just after their fateful spaceship crash!

Neil Robertson said...

It's true the Fantastic Four debuted in Central City, but another Marvel character lived there a lot longer - Machine Man's early series had him operating there for several years. He might still be based there today.

Cary Comic said...

Perhaps. Yet, despite the last 30 years' worth of ret-conning, it's always been tacitly agreed that the FF launched the post-WWII Age of Modern Marvels. So, unless the Bullpen is going to further ret-con things by having Machine Man invented between the disappearance of the Golden Age Human Torch and the debut of his organic namesake, it would make more sense for Barry Allen's Flash to meet Reed Richards and (his three) friends upon racing to the scene of the crash.

Bob Greenwade said...

Out of curiosity I checked Wikipedia to see how many times the name of Central City has been used in things that have appeared, or at least could appear, in this blog. Besides the Flash, the Spirit, and Mister Fantastic, we also have the anime Full Metal Alchemist, the human allies of the Autobots, and Sonic the Hedgehog -- who could all meet in the far future, in the world of the Planet of the Apes TV series!

Ross said...

Ha, I've even done a Sonic/Flash cover and never knew of that connection.

Bob Buethe said...

Breda Starr, Reporter also worked there -- she wrote for the Central City Flash!

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