Monday, September 17, 2012

(P)Raising Kane: "No Sad Songs for a Scarlet Speedster!" by Kanigher, Kane, and Colletta

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Here's a sample from Gil Kane's short-but-oh-so-sweet run as Flash artist (issues 195, 197-199). What's that? Ya didn't know Gifted Gil spent any time as artist on The Flash? Well he did! The cover is an all-time fave, and Vinnie Colletta's inks give Gil's art an airy, more cartoonish feel that actually kinda suits Robert Kanigher's offbeat tale. From The Flash #198 (April 1970), dig on "No Sad Songs for a Scarlet Speedster!"


  1. Rereading the story all these years later, I can easily spot what I missed back in the day: the obvious influence of the Cliff Robertson film "Charly" on Kanigher's plot, plus Kane weirdly borrowing the Mod Squad as templates for the three teens. But it still makes me feel very nostalgic.

  2. To me, one of the coolest Kane's assignment.
    Curiously, Coletta's ink works good on Kane stuff.

  3. FYI, the movie "Charly" is based on the Daniel Keyes novella "Flowers for Algernon", which is one of the best and most depressing things I've ever read.

  4. Even in the early Bronze Age comics, as evidenced here, there was still a reverent Judeo-Christian ethic. Such innocence in comics is long gone. Nowadays scripters would never tackle a story with such sensitivity and uncynical, childlike wonder. Today's comics are dark, ugly, and immoral. No thanks! The best stuff out there is the reprint material (IDW, for example) produced by a generation that hadn't sunk to such overall depravity as the present one.

    Chris A.



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