The Flash


TITLE: "The Clipper Returns"
DATE: February 1989


WRITER: William Messner-Loebs
PENCILS: Gordon Purcell
INKS: Larry Mahlstedt & Tim Dzon
COLORS: Michele Wolfman
LETTERS: Steve Haynie
EDITOR: Barbara Kesel
COVER: Gordon Purcell & Larry Mahlstedt




QUOTE: "He used to say there was nothing that topped off an evening like beating some criminal senseless in an alley. He was a great guy." —Mason Trollbridge on the Clipper

SUMMARY:  The Clipper, a somewhat crazed costumed hero with a brutal streak, roamed the streets of New York City during the Great Depression seeking to indiscriminately right wrongs regardless of their severity. His legacy was one of terror and violence, though he brought a certain sense of justice to those citizens who felt threatened by crime. Mason Trollbridge, a child at the time, was one of those citizens and he came to idolize the offbeat avenger. Now, living in an era when superheroes and supervillains are forever battling and petty crimes often go unnoticed, Mason finds himself experiencing a familiar feeling of helplessness. His solution is to resurrect the costume and the name of the Clipper and he takes to the street in that new persona. A powerless Wally West isn't sure his friend's approach to crime fighting is healthy, however, and he's soon proven right when the two encounter one of the scarlet speedster's most powerful enemies. Bizarre, seemingly magical happenings are erupting from alleyways. The mad magician Abra Kadabra is back!