The Brave and the Bold

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In 1955, DC launched an ongoing series entitled The Brave and the Bold. It originally featured done-in-one stories of varying heroes from issue to issue, and eventually became a vehicle for experimenting with new character ideas through team-ups. Its most notable issue – The Brave and the Bold #28 – brought together, for the first time, the world’s greatest superheroes: the Justice League. The series was quite successful, running for almost three decades and producing 200 issues of odd pairings and crazy adventures.

From my collection: The Brave and the Bold #99 (Nov. 1971), where Batman gets possessed by an evil spirit and the Flash comes in to save the day.

It’s a race!

It's a race!

Who’s faster? Superman or the Flash?

This has been the subject of so many debates over several decades of comic book history. Nowadays, it’s quite established that the Flash has earned the title “Fastest Man Alive” (perhaps most decisively in June 2009’s Flash Rebirth #3). But back in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s, people could only guess. It wasn’t until June of 1967 in Superman #199 when comic book fans finally got to see the Man of Steel and the Scarlet Speedster in a showdown to see who’s the fastest.

Needless to say, it was a big hit. And having their first two races end in a draw only captivated readers even more. In the decades that followed, Superman would go on to race not only Barry Allen, but also fellow Flashes Jay Garrick and Wally West. Most recently, sidekicks Superboy and Kid Flash raced for the very first time in Superboy #5 (Mar. 2011), proving that comic book fans still appreciate a good old-fashioned high-speed throwdown.

From my collection: Superman and Flash race for the second time in The Flash #175 (Oct. 1967).