My comicbook addiction (as my buddy Chris terms our mutual affliction) is all my cousin's fault. She gave me hand-me-down comics from her son. I marveled at the Thing and read with vigor the exploits of garishly clad heroes. This issue of FLASH is one of this books I was given. Back then I probably thought it was my namesake Barry Allen in the costume. Really this is a Wally West story. It also is my very first exposure to The Phantom Lady.
This is the humorous side of comics. Wally starts the book in a messy room in bed. It also is how he ends the story. He uses his JLI tele-transpoter for a bit of a vacation. He thinks he is in Paris, but really ends up in Lisbon, Portugal. In a hurry he heads for Casablanca. Instead of Rick's, Flash ends up at Dick's All American Diner. It is apparently Spies eat for a discount night. That is a set up for a great assassination tale.
The villains are Merlyn and Syonide. Each has a target. The targets are together. The Phantom Lady has a little elderly scientist that is defecting. When you find out what he does and the twist ending involving an Estonian Secret Police Agent you will laugh. Flash is outstanding as a hero here and just rocks the casaba.
All in all this is a great single issue read. It provides two outstanding adventurers that have a great adventure. Wally seems both goofy and smart here. It is a nice style for a hero. He exudes the hero we want while staying fun. That is the best way to leave this Flashback Friday, just saying this is a fun read.