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Almost Hidden – “Nobody Dies. It’s a Rule.”

by  in Comic News Comment

Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.

I want you folks to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.

Today, Bill K. suggested that I feature another back issue that I have given quite a bit of love to on this here blog over the years, William Messner-Loebs, Greg LaRocque and Jose Marzan’s Flash #54, where the title quote comes from. Sure thing, Bill!

The issue, Flash #54, opens with Wally taking down a generic looking supervillain…




Two important bits set up here – 1. “Nobody dies. It’s a rule” and 2. The whole “Flash can run against gravity” deal.

Wally boards a plane and befriends a flight attendant…



The villain’s friends try to spring him. Wally stops them, but in the process, a hole is torn in the plane…


this leads to…


How brilliant is that?

Here is a glimpse of Wally dealing with the woman while in the sky…


That’s a glimpse of what the rest of the issue is like – Wally and the waitress in the sky while Wally tries to keep them both from dying.

After all, “Nobody dies. It’s a rule.”

It’s a brilliant little issue with strong artwork by Larcoque and Marzan.